Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Seigi Nakamura was born in Okinawa on November 22, 1924. His early training is unclear, but he appears to have learned both the Shorin-Ryu and Goju-Ryu forms of Karate. He practiced with Shoshin Nagamine, the founder of the Matsubayashi-Ryu form of Shorin-Ryu. Nagamine had learned from Ankichi Arakaki, Chotoku Kyan, and Choki Motobu. Nakamura was also influenced by Shinyei Kyan (also a bo and sai expert; student of Shosei Kina) and Jokei Kushi (also an Okinawan Sumo expert), seniors in the Nagamine dojo. For many years, Nakamura was the chief instructor of the Nagamine honbu dojo in Naha.
In 1978, Nakamura (along with Yasuharu Makishi, Takeshi Tamaki and Maezato) accompanied Nagamine to Hawaii for a demonstration held at Farrington High School. The visit was hosted by Tommy Morita. Zenko Heshiki was living in Hawaii at that time and also participated in the demonstration with his New York students. Nakamura performed the Rohai kata and also demonstrated the seven Yakusoku Kumite forms with Nagamine.
Nakamura privately tutored many senior Karate students, including Chokei Kishaba and Katsuhiko Shinzato. Nakamura had developed the use of his koshi to such an extent that he could generate devastating power with little or no apparent body movement. For years, Kishaba, Shinzato, and their students worked to reverse engineer Nakamura's movement. Shinzato describes Nakamura as "a Karate genius", a person whose Karate transcended style.
On February 1, 1998, the Kishaba Juku form of Shorin-Ryu was formed. The art is characterized by koshi based body dynamics and, while named for Kishaba, it is profoundly influenced by Nakamura. The Hikari Dojo is the Hawaii branch of Kishaba Juku.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Seigi Nakamura.
The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit
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