Kiichi Nakamoto

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Kiichi Nakamoto
Born(1932-10-28)October 28, 1932
Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
StyleGoju-ryu Karate, Kobudo
Teacher(s)Chōjun Miyagi Eiichi Miyazato Shosei Kina
Rank10th dan karate, 10th dan kobudo
Notable studentsMasanori Zaha, Jaime Perrira, Roy Hobbs, C. Michial Jones Logo.png Search Kiichi Nakamoto on Amazon.

Kiichi Nakamoto (October 28, 1932) is the Grand Master of the Ufuchiku Kobudo style and a leading Okinawan master of the Martial Arts. He is one of the last living students of Chojun Miyagi. He began his training before World War II with Chojun Miyagi[1]and also was a senior student of Eiichi Miyazato. In addition he is one of the very few people to have been instructed in the very rare Ufuchiku Kobujutsu system, working his way from beginner to the headmaster of the style. Nakamoto is a direct descendant of great Uhugusuku Samurai family, who were the personal bodyguards of the Okinawa Kings and was a personal student of the great Shosei Kina. He is a 10th Dan Hanshi and Soke of Ufuchiku Kobudo.[2], as well as, a 10th Dan and Hanshi in Okinawan Goju-Ryu.

Early Life[edit]

Nakamoto was born on Miyako Island, in the Ryukyu Archipelago on October 28, 1929[3], however his parents did not travel to the main island to register his birth until 1932. He is a direct descendant of great Uhugusuku Samurai family, the personal bodyguards of the Okinawa Kings.[4] He began his training under Chojun Miyagi in 1938. Nakamoto is one of the last living students of Chojun Miyagi.[5] During World War II, His family moved to Taiwan and he began training under Sensei Rim. He returned to Okinawa in 1946 and resumed his training under Chojun Miyagi. After the passing of Miyagi, he continued to train under Eiichi Miyazato of the Jundokan, who promoted him to 9th Dan on June 21, 1997. He was later promoted to 10th Dan by All Japan Dojo Federation in January 7, 2002. and Hanshi 10 Dan on October 28, 2003 by Choko Kiyuna.[6][7]


In May 1956, Nakamoto began learning Ryukyu Traditional Kobujutsu Ufuchiku-Den from Shosei Kina, the second Soke of Ufuchiku Kobudo. Kina promoted Nakamoto to Hanshi 9th Dan on January 5, 1981. After Kina passed away, Shinei Kyan who took over as President of the Ryukyu Dento Kobujutsu Hozan Budo Kyokai from Kina and promoted Nakamoto to Hanshi 10 Dan on October 25, 1995. Nakamoto is the current Soke or titular head of the style and current President of the association.


Nakamoto assisted Eiichi Miyazato at the Jundokan dojo before establishing his own dojo, which he called the Okinawakan in 1954. He has traveled all over the world and has taught karate and kobudo in the United States, Japan, Portugal, Europe, Australia[8][9] and New Zealand. He is the president of the Gojuryu Okinawakan Karate-do Kyokai (established October 25, 2003) and Ryukyu Dento Kobujutsu Hozon Budo Kyoaki (Established July 28, 1994)[10][11] Nakamoto assisted in the instruction of well know Goju-Ryu masters Teruo Chinen and Morio Higaonna. Nakamoto was also the instructor who taught Kyokushinkai Karate founder Mas Oyama the kata's of Seiunchin and Tensho.


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  2. Jones, C. Michial (August 23, 2017). Okinawan Martial Arts Center: Student training Manual (3rd ed.). Yushikai Press. p. 136. ISBN 9781312878389. Search this book on Logo.png
  3. Jones, C. Michial. "Nakamoto, Kiichi". OKinawakan International. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  4. Findlay, Matt. "'Incredible opportunity': grand lesson for Orange's martial arts students". Central Western Daily. Central Western Daily Newspaper. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  5. Spellman, Spencer. "What a Karate Class in Okinawa Taught me About the World". Whiskey Tango Globe Trotter. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. Jones, C. Michial (September 6, 2017). Goju-Ryu Okinawakan (1 ed.). Yushikai Press. ISBN 9781387214310. Search this book on Logo.png
  7. Machado, Ydenir P. (2010-04-22). Goju Ryu Karatê Do. Google. Retrieved 22 January 2018. Search this book on Logo.png
  8. Guthrie, Nick (16 February 2017). "Grand Master Kiichi Nakamoto teaches the ways of karate during Dubbo visit". Daily Liberal. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  9. Carbone, Peter. "Karate Grand Master Kiichi Nakamoto of Okinawa to Visit Detroit, Michigan". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  10. Oliveira, Humberto Nuno de (2007). "Hanshi Kiichi Nakamotoano". Boxing. Desportos de combate & fitness. 3 (21): 21–24.
  11. Enkamp, Jesse (May 22, 2011). The Karate Code (1st ed.). Amazon Digital Services LLC. pp. 44–54. ASIN B00526P8L8. Search this book on Logo.png

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