Born in Yakena Yonashiro Uruma City in 1940, Nakamura Tamotsu graduated from the University of the Ryūkyūs in 1965 with a degree in Education.
After that, in 1985 he obtained his PhD from Kyūshū University. The theme of his thesis was “Psychological research on the physical and mental control of sportsmen – Karatedō practitioners as a subject” (1985). Until then, Dr. Nakamura's main papers were “Psychological research on the physical and mental functions of karate practitioners” (1977, photo, property of the Okinawa Karate Kaikan reference room), “Physiological and psychological research on karatedō kata biological reaction” (1981), “Experimental study on the control of muscle activity of karate practitioners” (1981), “Study on the personality characteristics of karatedō practitioners” (1982), and “Study on the brain wave Biofeed-back of karatedō practitioners” (1984).
Since then, he has also published articles like “Analysis of personality traits of the Budōsha - A study of karatedō practitioners” (1989 - English summary available) and “Psychological study on the health of karate practitioners (1990).
Reference: Biography and achievements of Prof. Nakamura Tamotsu (by Miki Takara)
The Okinawa Shimatate Association (official website in Japanese) has been in activity since 1985. It edits and publishes a construction information magazine titled “Shimatati”. First published in 1996, it is a quarterly issued in 3,300 copies.
In issue no. 91 (January 2020), an article titled “Karate wo tsutae, hiromeru! (Translation: To pass down, and spread karate!) was published. The article is authored by Sakihara Kyoko and Nakamura Akira from the OPG Karate Promotion Division. The article (PDF format) is available only in Japanese.
The Kaikan’s management office has implemented special measures to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
Here is some information for visiting karate enthusiasts provided by OCVB:
Our center will be exceptionally closed March 2nd (Monday) to March 4th (Wednesday) as the Okinawa Karate Kaikan will be closed these days. Thank you for your understanding.