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Kaicho (Grandmaster) Tadashi Nakamura is the founder and Chairman of the World Seido Karate Organization. He holds a 9th Degree Black Belt in Karate and a Dan ranking in Kendo, and is a recognized expert in the use of Oriental weapons.


Born in Japan on February 22, 1942, Kaicho Nakamura began his martial arts training at the age of eleven in Goju style under Kei Miyagi Sensei. In 1956, he began his training in Kyokushin Karate under its founder, Matsutatsu Oyama and earned his black belt three years later (making him the youngest Kyokushin to earn that title). As a teenager and young adult, Kaicho won numerous championships in Japan, competing in both contact and non-contact matches. He moved to America in 1966 and has, over the years, in addition to his teaching, conducted seminars and clinics in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and the South Pacific. His countless demonstrations include appearances on ABC’s Wide World of Sports and at Madison Square Garden. In 1976, Kaicho founded the World Seido Karate Organization and Seido Karate, which reflected his beliefs of the true meaning of karate. Under Kaicho Nakamura’s guidance, Seido Karate has grown to over 50 schools around the world. A multifaceted individual, Kaicho holds university degrees in architecture and psychology.


In his autobiography The Human Face of Karate, Kaicho says, "Karate is a way of life, a way of being. I have committed over 35 years of my life to study, practice and teaching of the martial arts. I am convinced that karate has much to offer modern men, women, and children as we move into the twenty-first century. My purpose in founding Seido Karate was to show what I feel is the true essence, the kernel of true karate-do: the training of body, mind and spirit together in order to realize the fullness of human potential."


The practice and study of Seido Karate develops a healthy mind, body and spirit through physical and spiritual training. In Seido Karate, meditation along with physical discipline build self-awareness and a strong "non quitting" spirit. The benefits not only encompass physical and spiritual well being but also develop self-esteem, confidence and the ability to defend oneself.


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Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura in Honbu
Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura in Hollywood Dojo
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