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Yukio Nishida, president of Seibukai

Shihan Nishida became the chairman of International Karate Organization (IKO2) after Mas Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin Karate, passed away.

Nisida Yukio Shihan

Nisida Yukio Shihan

In December of 1999, he started his own organization, International Budo Organization Kyokushin Karate Seibukai. He established his original training system of karate for life-long martial arts by incorporating traditional karate style, Chinese Kung-fu, and jyu-jitsu. Currently, he organizes Calbee Junior All Japan, Weight categories All Japan Tournament. He accepts karate exchange students. He also conducts international karate seminars both domestically and internationally. Shihan Nishida continues to move forward to spread the techniques and the philosophy of Seibukai Karate.

Mas Oyama and Young Nishida

Shihan Nishida joined and began karate training at Oyama dojo when he was fifteen in 1964. Oyama dojo was a small karate school at the time; however, it soon became the largest karate organization in the world known as “International Karate Organization Kyokushin- kaikan” in later years. The dojo consisted of less than 40 students at the time. With his endeavor and talent, he became a remarkable student among those students in the dojo. He won the fourth place in the sixth All Japan tournament in 1974, and he was selected as one of the Japanese delegate team to compete in the first world championship.

The teacher and student relationship between Mas Oyama and Nishida was profound. Mas Oyama trusted him deeply. One day, Mas Oyama called him. “Come to the airport tomorrow. I need you for next three days.” Nishida went and followed along with him. Later, Mas Oyama said, “You never asked me where we are going. You are real my disciple.” Another time, when Nishida came along with Mas Oyama to Asakusa, he handed a handkerchief to Mas Oyama who was sweating. After using the handkerchief, when Mas Oyama tried to give it him back, Nishida said, “Please keep it. I carried it for you.” Then, Mas Oyama said, “Giving a handkerchief means to separate. I do not want you to leave me.” So, he gave it back to Nishida.

Nishida was selected one of the eight Japanese delegate team for the first World Championship when he was 25. Then, Mas Oyama ordered those eight members to go to New York in order to research the potential of the American fighters who were proclaiming to win the World Championship.

At the time, Willie Williams (bear killer) who was 215 cm (6 feet 7 in) tall and weighed 105 kg (231lb), Charles Martin, Garry and other strong fighters were preparing to fight in the New York kyokushin dojo. The practice sparring was as if the war of Japan against USA. These fighters did not even try to conceal their killing instinct to Japanese fighters in practice class from the beginning. Nishida who was 172 cm and 75 kg prepared by strengthening his body with weight training; however, he was astonished by the power of American fighters. He blocked their punches with both hands, but he felt their tremendous power penetrated throughout his body.

Nishida recognized that superior power of American fighters overwhelmed those of Japanese fighters. Even he felt the fear of fighting with the pressure of the fighters first time. He also realized the limitation of power training by witnessing that bigger and stronger men were better in Kyokushin power karate. Fortunately, the Japanese delegate team kept their dignity by winning the World Championship. However, Nishida began to search of the new fields which enable to overcome this hardness (power) when he returned to Japan.

Later, Nishida developed the concept of fighting by integrating techniques of softness and the concept of circular movement against hardness (power) by learning Aiki-jyujitsu and Chinese martial arts. In this way, Nishida established the new method of teaching and developed the concept of lifelong martial way and lifelong learning karate. It becomes Seibukai karate that is the new way of karate of the old.

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