Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura:
Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura began his Karate training in the year 1953 when he was just 11 years of age. At first he started training in the Goju style under Kei Miyagi Sensei. However, in 1956 he began studying with Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin Karate. By 1959 he had already earned his Shodan rank, becoming the youngest Kyokushin student in Japan to receive a black belt.
In 1961, when he was nineteen, Kaicho Nakamura made his mark with a first rank in the All Japan Student Open Karate Chamionship, which was also his first tournament. In the following year, he achieved an almost cult status by knocking out a Thai kickboxing champion in a match to determine which nation had the superior martial art. This was merely a beginning of a career that has seen numerous tournament wins and titles.
By now, he had also begun teaching Karate. He served as the chief instructor at Camp Zama, a U.S. military base near Tokyo, from 1961 to 1965 and coached the Toho Medical University karate team for 3 years. While earning his seventh dan in Kyokushin Karate, Nakamura also served as the chief instructor at the Kyokushin Karate Honbu in Tokyo. His success with his students led Masutatsu Oyama to nominate him as the Chief Instructor of a small dojo in Brooklyn, in his attempt at bringing the true spirit of Karate to America. In 1971, Nakamura established the North American Kyokushin Karate headquarters. He served as the American head of Kyokushin Karate for a decade and trained and developed many skilled students in that period.
In 1976, Nakamura respectfully withdrew from Kyokushin Karate and established the World Seido Karate Organization.
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