1928- Born October 10 in Tokyo, Japan
1933- Started Kendo training
1938- Started Judo training
1943- Earned Kendo shodan ranking.
Started karate training at
Master Gichin Funakoshi's dojo, the Shotokan.
1945- Enrolled at Takushoku University.
Joined Takushoku University Karate Team
1946- Earned Karate shodan ranking.
1948- Earned Karate nidan ranking.
1949- Named Takushoku University Karate Team Captain.
Elected Chairman of the regional collegiate union team.
1950- Earned Karate sandan ranking.
Co-founded the All Japan Collegiate Karate Union
and elected at the first chairman.
1951- Graduated from Takushoku University, M.A. in Economics.
Named Japan Karate Association Director.
1952- Selected as a member of the martial arts combat instruction staff
for the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Combat Training Program.
SAC personnel received training in judo, aikido and karate
at the Kodokan. The other karate instructors were
Masters Nakayama, Obata and others.
1953- Invited by SAC Commander General LeMay, along with other
martial arts instructors, to tour SAC bases in the United States.
Named Chief, Department of Instruction, Japan Karate Association.
1960- Publication of "Karate, The Art of Empty-Hand Fighting",
the most authoritative and best selling karate textbook in history.
1961- Came to the United States and organized the All American Karate
Federation (AAKF). The first AAKF Karate Championship was
held at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles CA.
1965- Organized the first United States vs Japan Goodwill Karate
Tournament. Participation of All Japan Collegiate Karate Team
marks it as the first official international event.
1968- Organized first World Invitational Tournament, held at the
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in conjunction with the
Olympic Commemorative Tournament hosted by the Mexico Karate
Federation in Mexico City. International conference during the
tournament agrees to form an international karate organization
and to hold the first world championship in Tokyo, Japan.
1973- Co-founded the Pan American Karate Union (PAKU) and was
elected if first Executive Director. The first PAKU
championship was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1974- Following an international formation conference in
New York City, Hidetaka Nishiyama was elected the
Executive Director of the International Amateur Karate
Federation (IAKF). The name of the IAKF was later
changed to International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF).
1975- The first IAKF World Karate Championship was held at
the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
1979- The All American Karate Federation changes the name to
American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) and becomes a public
benefit, non-profit corporation. Nishiyama is elected as the
1981- Currently serving as President of the JKA International
of the United States, President of the American Amateur Karate
Federation (AAKF), the direct successor to the
All American Karate Federation.
1985- The IAKF changed its name to the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF)
2000- Nishiyama is honored when the Nishiyama Cup was held in Moscow, the first official
offical karate event conducted in Russia since the end of the Soviet Union.
2000- The Emperor of Japan awarded Nishiyama with "Kun-yoto"- Fourth Order of Merit,
and he was decorated with "Zuiho-sho"- The order of the Scred Treasure, for his
many contributions to promote Japanese culture through Traditional Karate.
2001- The Republic of Poland honored Nishiyama when they bestowed upon him one of the
highest medals in Poland, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the
Republic of Poland.
2008- Died on November 7, 2008
2009- Posthumously awarded 10th dan by the ITKF on October 10, 2009