Nakamura is the founder and chairman of the World Seido Karate
world-renowned karateka, Nakamura is a ninth dan (degree) black belt
fifty years of experience in practicing and teaching in the martial
expert in use of oriental weapons, Nakamura has given numerous martial
lectures and demonstrations in many countries around the world.
his karate training in 1953 at age eleven. His first experiences were
in the Goju style under the instruction
Miyagi Sensei, the son of the founder of the style. In 1956, Nakamura
studying with Masutatsu
Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin Karate, and in 1959, he
shodan rank. At the time, he was the youngest Kyokushin student in Japan
to receive a black belt.
nineteen, Nakamura debuted on the tournament scene with a first place
in the All-Japan Student Open Karate Championship. The following year,
became a Japanese national hero by knocking out a Thai kickboxing
champion in a
match to determine which nation had the superior martial art. Nakamura
win many more tournaments throughout his competition career.
Nakamura also began teaching karate to others. He served as the chief
instructor at Camp
military base near Tokyo,
from 1961 to 1965 and coached the Toho
karate team for 3 years. While earning his seventh dan in Kyokushin
Nakamura also served as the chief instructor at the Kyokushin Karate
Honbu in Tokyo.
personally selected by Masutatsu Oyama to help bring the true spirit of
That year, Nakamura moved to New
York City and began teaching Kyokushin Karate at
a small dojo
In 1971, Nakamura established the North American Kyokushin Karate
He served as the American head of Kyokushin Karate for a decade and
developed many skilled students in that period.
respectfully withdrew from Kyokushin Karate. The same year, he
established the World Seido Karate
Organization, which reflected his own beliefs about the true
of karate. Nakamura created Seido--which means "sincere way" in
Japanese--to develop complete individuals, ones committed to improving
and their communities. With the principles of love, respect, and
the foundation of Seido Karate, Nakamura ensured that his students
develop spiritually and morally, as well as physically.
performing many duties as the chairman of the World Seido Karate
and the Seido Juku Benefit Foundation, Kaicho Nakamura is first and
instructor of karate. He teaches classes at the Seido Honbu every day
frequently conducts seminars and gives lectures. He remains committed
assisting others to reach their full human potential, as both karateka
more information about Kaicho
Nakamura, please read his autobiography, “The Human Face of
can obtain a copy from your instructor.