Nishiyama Hidetaka


Nishiyama Hidetaka

Nishiyama Hidetaka



21 Nov 1928, Tokyo.

8th November 2008

Where Trained

Waseda and Takushoku Universities. Japan


Funakoshi Gichin

Current Grade

10th Dan

More Info

Nishiyama Hidetaka studied Kendo and Judo prior to his training with Funakoshi Gichin in Shotokan Karate.

In 1949 Nishiyama Hidetaka, along with Nakayama Masatoshi formed the Japan Karate Association (JKA). Around this time he was instructing Judo, Aikido and Karate to American Special Forces from the American Air Command (SAC).

Nishiyama Hidetaka moved to America in 1961 and instructed for a short time at Oshima Tsutomu's Dojo in Los Angeles. He also formed the All American Karate Federation (AAKF) in that year.

In 1973 he became the first Executive Director of the Pan American Karate Union (PAKU), and in 1975 became the Executive Director of the International Amateur Karate Federation (IAKF) which later was renamed to the International Traditional Karate Federation.

He wrote the book below: "Karate: The Art of Empty-Hand Fighting"

Karate: The Art of Empty-Hand Fighting by Nishiyama Hidetaka

and he is also prominently featured demonstrating in: "25 Shoto-kan Kata"

25 Shoto-kan Kata

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