Nidaime A. Nakamura, Vice Chairman

Some have wondered when, exactly, Nidaime’s karate training began. When the question was asked, Nidaime replied, "I don’t think there was ever an exact date to say when I began my karate training. It’s all I knew growing up. Kaicho would teach me, but that was just something we did. It’s the way I grew up. It’s my life."

Nidaime A. Nakamura taught his first class at Honbu in 1996. Soon after, he approached Kaicho and his mother about working at the dojo after college graduation. Although he would not be specifically using his B.F.A. in architecture, he believed that his college experience fostered a work ethic that he could apply anywhere. Putting himself at the heart of Seido, alongside Kaicho, seemed a very natural progression and an endeavor well worth pursuing.

Now, almost 20 years later, Nidaime’s classes include every level from beginner white belts to senior black belts with specialized classes for kata, kumite, conditioning, and weapons. The opening of Seido’s Westchester Branch, Johshin Honzan, in 2011, has added to Nidaime’s teaching schedule where he, along with Kaicho, is a chief instructor.

In the fall of 2008, Kaicho formally named his only son as his rightful successor and bestowed on him the exclusive title within the World Seido Karate Organization of “Nidaime” ("ni" for second, or next in line).

As Vice Chairman of the World Seido Karate Organization, Nidaime travels regularly to visit branches worldwide to conduct seminars and works with Branch Chiefs and head instructors to ensure that the syllabus material and general instruction remain consistent with Honbu guidelines. Nidaime assists Kaicho in all kyu and children’s promotions as well as all black belt gradings held at Honbu and Johshin Honzan.

As Director of Seido's 30th Anniversary Celebration (SAITEN), held in 2006, Nidaime was responsible for producing the 5-day international event that brought more than 1,500 registrants and visitors to New York City. He continues to organize and direct many of Seido's annual events, which include Black Belt Clinic, Inter-Dojo Tournament, "Gasshuku" (a summer retreat), as well as the Annual Seido Anniversary and International Benefit Tournament. He is looking forward to directing Seido’s upcoming 40th Anniversary in 2016, which will be a week-long celebration held in Westchester, NY.

In the spring of 2012, Kaicho and Nidaime traveled to Japan for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Seido Aichi branch. The trip included a visit to Atsuta Jingu in Nagoya, where they were granted special permission by the shrine to "present" Seido to the Budo god of that location.

It was at this event that Kaicho presented Nidaime with the very same ceremonial belt that he himself wore some 35 years ago. Additionally, in line with his position within the organization and knowledge of the Seido syllabus in its entirety, Nedaime was also promoted to the rank of 8th Dan (degree). Nidaime humbly accepted these honors and vowed to continue dedicating his life to preserve the integrity of Seido, while defining the kind of leader and successor he should be to guide the organization in the years to come.

Being raised in a family that embraced American culture, but also retained a strong connection to its Japanese heritage, has contributed meaningfully to his strengths. Nidaime has been greatly influenced by the examples his parents have set throughout his life, including both Kaicho, an exceptional leader with an unfaltering dedication to the vision of sharing the heart of karate with the world, and Mrs. Nakamura, a woman of humor, resourcefulness, and unfailing devotion to her family. Both of his parents instilled an appreciation for the balance that Nidaime brings to Honbu today.

Bolstering this foundation are Nidaime's sons, Issei and Tai, who are his two greatest joys. They have become Nidaime's fundamental inspirations, elevating him to meet every goal he sets for himself and to be the best role model he can be for his sons, both on and off the dojo floor.

When asked about his biggest challenge in his role, he maintains that it is "bridging the nuances of east and west, but also connecting the past with the future...all while staying in the present."