The Bergen County Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) Karate program is dedicated to training the mind, body and spirit through the art of Seido Ryu.


About Seido Ryu Karate

Founded in 1992 at the YWCA in Paterson by Grandmaster L. Barr (10th degree black belt), Seido Ryu has grown to be one of the largest non-profit Martial Arts programs in the country.  In 1994, the school moved to the YMCA of Hackensack. In 2010, the school moved again, this time to the Police Athletic League, also located in Hackensack.

Seido Ryu means “Way of Life Style.”  The roots are Goju (Hard-Soft Style) and Shorin Ryu (The Style of the Little Temple).

There are ten Kyus on the road to becoming a black belt.  Even the very first belt (white) must be earned. Hard work is rewarded.  There are no limits.

The dojo bushido (code) is “Respect for All.”  The philosophy is “Accept what is useful, reject what is not.”

Our goal is Seido (Way of Life).

A Message From Grandmaster Barr

For over 20 years, I have prepared my students to be champions inside and outside the Dojo.
It is important for every person to be confident in defending themselves whatever the scenario.

Learning self defense is critical in these tough times we live in.
My students learn “to stand ready on the battlefield of life.”

The most important lesson I teach is to never give up–no matter what the obstacle, no matter what the challenge.

“Fall down nine times, jump up ten.”


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April 7, 2018 — Soke Barr was honored at the Masters of the Martial Arts 2018 Seminar and Awards Ceremony in Atlantic City, along with Renshi Barr, and Sempai!


March 24, 2018 — Congratulations to all of our new National Champions from the Mercer County National Karate Championships! 17 first place winners and 51 medals and trophies in all!


March 10, 2018 — Seido Ryu celebrates its 26th Anniversary! Happy Birthday, Seido Ryu! Lion Dance, musical kata, and in-house competition!


Soke Larry Barr (Soke means Grandmaster, Head of the Family) is a 10th Degree Black Belt who has been training for almost 35 years. In that time, his students have won over 10,000 trophies and medals. Many of them are state, national, and even world champions.

Soke Barr has been inducted several times into the Martial Arts halls of fame:

    • 2013 Teacher of the Year
    • 2014 Man of the Year
    • 2015 School of the Year
    • 2016 Family of the Year
    • 2017 International Grandmaster of the Year (Barcelona, Spain)


Soke is a volunteer instructor and has been nominated “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” 2016 by the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his dedication to the youth of the community.

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"The Path of Enlightenment”:

The Ten Laws of Seido
  1. Honor your parents. Live a good, clean life. 
  2. Show respect. What goes around comes around. (Law of  Seido Ryu) 
  3. Be patient with yourself and with others.   
  4. Know when to be hard and when to be soft. (Law of Goju) 
  5. Keep your mind open and your mouth shut. Let your actions speak for you. 
  6. Always be generous. Give of yourself to others. 
  7. Learn from your mistakes. Don’t make the same ones twice. 
  8. Keep a strong center. Stay calm at all times. 
  9. Have a positive attitude. Be thankful for each day. 
  10. Stay Focused. Never give up! Osu!

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Day Time Class Description
Monday 6:30PM – 7:30PM Open Workout
Monday 7:30PM – 8:30PM Kata
Tuesday 6:30PM – 7:30PM Open Workout
Wednesday 6:30PM – 7:30PM Open Workout
Wednesday 7:30PM – 8:30PM Weapons
Thursday 6:30PM – 7:30PM Open Workout
Thursday 7:30PM – 8:30PM Jujitsu
Saturday 9:30AM – 10:00AM Junior Dragons Age 4 – 6
Saturday 10:00AM – 11:00 AM Sparring
Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Advanced Weapons


Police Athletic League of Bergen County
284 Hackensack Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 342-5900

  • $25.00 Registration Fee
  • $20.00 Per Month/Paid Quarterly ($60.00 Per Quarter)
  • Checks made payable to: P.A.L.



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