Master Nishiyama was born in Tokyo in 1928. He began training under master Gichin Funakoshi in 1948. His accomplishments are many over the course of his career. In 1952 he was selected as a member of the martial arts combat instruction staff for the United States Strategic Air Command Combat Training Program. In this position he was invited to the United States to give instruction to the Strategic Air Command. Later, in 1961, he was again invited to the United States where he eventually set up a dojo in Los Angeles, California. He is credited with establishing many karate related organizations, not only in the United States, but Internationally. His work with these many organizations led to the formation of the International Traditional Karate Federation in 1985. Our dojo is proud to be a member of this same organization which is the true governing body for Traditional Karate today!
For more information on this inspiring man, check out the ITKF website at www.itkf.org