The great masters: Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei (Part 2)

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Tamura is named Shodan on March the 13th, 1955. He became an instructor at the Hombu Dojo and also taught at the U.S. Navy Special Service Center in Yokohama and in other dojos in Tokyo.

On 25 October 1959 he was promoted to the 5th dan. In 1961, he shared with Koichi Tohei, the honor to accompany the founder of Aikido in Hawaii during his first trip outside of Japan. In 1964, Nobuyoshi Tamura Hombu met a new practitioner, Rumiko at the dojo, and married her shortly after. Having planned to explore Europe during his honeymoon, he was commissioned by the Aikikai to study the functioning of Aikido in France throughout the associative structures. Upon his arrival in Marseille, he was greeted by Master Noro and Master Nakazono. The latter invited him to Paris and let him teach in his dojo.

After eleven years spent at the Aikikai Tokyo, Mr. Tamura decided to settle permanently in France. He then adhered to the ACFA created by Noro, after which he joined the group members at the French Federation of Judo and Associated Disciplines (FFJDA) in 1971. Through Nakazono Sensei and the circle of macrobiotics, Tamura Sensei met the Zen Master Taisen Deshimaru and became his friend.

Shihan 7th dan and official representative of the Aikikai of Hombu So, Mr. Tamura developed a more representative style. He participated in the foundation of the National Aikido Union (UNA) in 1973 and established the program of technical and educational tests for obtaining the State Certificate of Professor of Aikido. Working with Hiroo Mochizuki and Andre Nocquet, he created in 1975 a “National Aikido Method ” adapted to the French attitudes and mentality.

To be continued

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