The 4th anniversary of Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama’s passing falls on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. He was a leading human and the charismatic leader of world traditional karate.
Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama was born in 1928 in Tokyo. He began his karate training in 1943 under Gichin Funakoshi, founder of modern Shotokan karate and later he continued it at Takaushoku University.
Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama was a founder and first President of the ITKF. His first objective was getting karate into the Olympics. He was the creator of new disciplines of karate (fuku-go - contest in which each competitor takes part in two events, a synthesis of kata and kumite in one discipline and en-bu choreographically directed fight).
He was undoubtedly the man on whose shoulders, for many years, has rest the responsibility for passing traditional karate to the next generations. He believed there was always more to learn and more to improve and he lived his life in search of that growth and development.
He passed away in November, 2008 at the age of 80 years. On October 10, 2009, Mr. Richard Jorgensen, Chairman of the International Traditional Karate Federation presented Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama with his 10th Dan posthumously.