NISHIMURA TAKAATSU SHIHAN

7th Dan, JKA
JKAA Chief Instructor
Director of the JKA Asia Oceania Region
JKA Shihankai Member
JKA Accreditations:
  • Instructor: Class A
  • Judge: Class A
  • Examiner: Class A

Nishimura Shihan is the founder and Chief Instructor of JKA Australia. He began karate training as a teenager in 1958 in Japan. Due to over 60 years of training, international recognition for services in conducting seminars, specialist teaching and networking with the Japanese Karate Association in Tokyo, Japan, his far reaching contribution is embedded in the Australian karateka spirit. He has taught overseas in Greece before establishing karate dojos in Melbourne, Australia. JKA Australia now has several dojos located in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

Nishimura Shihan’s comprehensive knowledge in Shotokan karate techniques, theory and practices has notably established his credentials as one of Australia’s highest ranking leaders in organisational administration management and karate knowledge concerning application and techniques. His reputation as one of the finest instructors, assessors and judges is notably established with his peers in Japan and Australia.

His qualifications are internationally certified from JKA, Japan, Tokyo, headquarters. Nishimura Shihan is an international accredited instructor. In December 2016 he was appointed to the position of Director of the JKA Asia-Pacific Region.

Over the years, his commitment and passion has seen contributions by personal involvement in competing, judging and coaching competitions on a global scale. Numerous karate awards and teaching acknowledgement concerning specialist knowledge in kata (forms) and kumite (fighting) has placed Nishimura Shihan as a leading authority on karate on a national and international level.

Many of Australia’s karate instructors have been either directly taught, attended seminars or gained higher qualifications and accreditation due to Nishimura’s direct involvement in sharing knowledge and assisting in promoting karate as a lifelong process of learning. He has dedicated  and promoted the art of karate-do on a global level. His love and passion for karate is embedded in his daily life in upholding the authentic, traditional values of Shotokan karate and continually strives to promote the philosophy and spirit of Shotokan Karate.

Nishimura Shihan is a friendly, approachable and humble person. Today, in his 70’s, he practices karate on a daily basis with his students. Frequently, you will see him carefully observing and correcting his students at the Melbourne dojos and at JKAA events. Nishimura Shihan is currently the supervising instructor of the JKA Greater Melbourne Branch.

Nishimura Shihan teaching at the 2013 JKAA National Training Seminar.