THE KARATE RAP
"Ich, ni, san, shi. Come on, everybody. Train karate."
Let's work together!
It was 1986 and rap music was just making its debut on the airwaves, David and Holly Seeger came up with the idea of creating "The Karate Rap." While idling on the L.I.E. in rush hour, they passed the time coming up with lyrics with a Martial Arts theme. “Sensei Dave” had always had a reputation for putting the “Show” in Shorin-Ryu Karate and this would be no exception!
Their plans also included the making of a music video. During post-production of a project for the Broadway show, CATS, some of the cast members agreed to participate and so it was that The Karate Rap music video was created, featuring the fabulous choreography of Michael Scott Gregory, (Mistoffelees), the accomplished performances of 7 other professional dancers from that production, as well as a myriad of cameo appearances by friends, family and business associates.
The music video was completed soon after the birth of Max, their first child. Although it wasn't exactly a top 10 hit, the good news was, as a demo reel, The Karate Rap paved the way to David’s successful directing career. At the time, it was explained to us that ‘rap’ was looked down upon as a passing fad. Our music video never went anywhere but the shelf in the TV room in VHS format, viewed for entertainment by the four kids and their friends, until one weekend in January of 2012, when they posted it on Sam Seeger’s youtube channel, ‘samfromglove.’ Check it out!