Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:





Jiro Nakamura
1917 (estimated) - unknown

Jiro Nakamura was one of the original students of James Mitose (1916-1981) in the early 1940s at the Nuuanu Y.M.C.A., and eventually became one of his first six black belt holders. The others were Thomas S. H. Young, William K. S. Chow, Paul Yamaguchi, Bobby Lowe, and Arthur Keawe. Mitose initially called his art "Kempo Jiu-Jitsu". He later used the term "Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu".

A 1942 Honolulu Advertiser advertisement
for Mitose's classes.

Mitose left Honolulu around 1949. It is believed that he went to the Big Island. He later moved to California. In 1953, Mitose published a book entitled, "What Is Self-Defense (Kempo Jiu-Jitsu)". The book was written in 1947.


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Despite being part of Mitose's group of original students, very little is known about Nakamura, except that he spoke Japanese. His above birthdate was estimated. The surname "Nakamura" can be either Japanese or Okinawan. There were a few men named Jiro Nakamura in Hawaii. Mitose's surviving original black belts did not know what happened to Nakamura. Please contact us if you have any information. At this time, we do not have a photograph of him.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Jiro Nakamura, one of the earliest students of Kenpo in Hawaii.


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