FOUNDER OF DOJOS KEN
(1938 - 2014)
Sensei SHIGEO NAKAZATO, 8th Dan (Degree), Founder of the style "ZEN SHO SHORINJI KENPO NO TUMAI-TI" and grand master of the well-known school DOJOS KEN.
The school was founded with the arrival of Sensei Nakazato in Argentina. The word "DOJO" means place of practice and the word "KEN" means fist. This style promotes traditional karate and kobudo, where respect, discipline and education are the three fundamental pillars of the Dojos Ken school.
Sensei Nakazato is native of Haebaru Cho, prefecture of Okinawa, Japan. He was born on December 23th of 1938. His martial arts studies began at the age of 14, with two karate teachers: BUSHI KANEGUSUKU "old salesman of oil" and MAKABI, while in Kobudo his teacher was UGUSHIKU of the Kudaka-Bo Style.
He first began teaching at the University of Okinawa, where he graduated with a degree in Economic Sciences and a degree in Mathematics. In 1965, he arrived at the city of Concepcion, Province of Tucuman,Argentina, where he began teaching karate and kobudo to the community, mainly of japenese-okiwanan heritage.
In 1968, after a demonstration that took place in the Okinawan Center in Argentina (COA) in the city of Buenos Aires, Sensei Nakazato took permanent residency in the Federal Capital of Argentina. His trajectory included presentations in National and World-wide Championships, as well as numerous exhibitions and presentations within the Japanese culture scope. He was the Flagman of the Argentine delegation in the 42th National Olympic Games of Japan (HOKUSAI).
In the beginning of 1988, he regulated and organized the school DOJOS KEN, creating the internal Circle of Black Belts and Civil Association of Ken Institute (CAKI) also known as ACIK (Asociacion Civil Institutos Ken). In 2000, he received the annual Martial Artist Prize and in 2005, he was distinguished as an honorary member of the counselor of notables for the Japanese-Argentine Cultural Foundation. It is during the same year that he launched his book; "KARATE and KOBUDO OKINAWENSE" written by Sensei Nakazato that coincided with his 40th anniversary of teaching Karate and Kobudo in Argentina.
Since Sensei Nakazato's passing in 2014, his son, Sensei Nelson Daniel Nakazato-7th Dan, has been named as his successor and General Director of Dojos Ken.