Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama (founder of ITKF and AAKF) was a Japanese martial arts master, instructor, author, administrator and pioneer.
A student of Funakoshi, Nishiyama is considered one of the great masters of the style. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Nishiyama started kendo training in 1933, followed by judo training in 1938. In 1943, he began training in Shotokan karate at the Hombu dojo.
By 1946 he had his black belt in karate and by 1948, he would have his second dan. At the time of his death, he was respectfully 10th dan.
To name a few honors: on November 3, 2000, the Emperor of Japan awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette. On the occasion of the first Traditional Karate World Cup in 2001, the Republic of Poland honored Nishiyama with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Sensei taught daily at Central Dojo in Los Angeles, NKI, until he died.
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