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).