Sifu Yori Nakamura Medical Fund
In case you don't know, Sifu Yori is one of the best martial artists of his generation. At age 19, he was personally selected by Shooto's founder, Satoru Sayama (the original Tiger Mask), to be trained privately and become a paid instructor at the Super Tiger gym. Later he became one of the first champion Shooto fighters, winning his weight division with 4 straight victories in a single day, with one by decision and three by submission.
Sifu Yori went on to be the trainer and coach to other Shooto champions and has since become world-renowned as one of the most sought after instructors for other well-known martial artists, celebrities, fighters and thousands of dedicated students. For many years, he has been one of the top instructors at the legendary Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts, where he is one of the few people to have studied privately with Guro Dan Inosanto extensively.
The depth of Sifu Yori's contributions and dedication to the martial arts community has had an impact on all of us. It is now our turn to give back to Sifu Yori for all that he has given us. All donations, both large and small, will have a tremendous impact on his family and well-being. Finally, please share this link with your fellow martial artists and friends to help spread the word.
I apologize for the worry that was caused by my sudden surgery and time in the hospital.
For the past 10 years, in addition to the frequent comings and goings between Japan and the United States, I was only sleeping 3-4 hours every night and following a long daily self-training schedule, unknowingly causing a lot of stress to my body. In February, while staying in Japan, I developed a serious, life threatening illness.
I had to go through a major emergency surgery that lasted 10 hours. Luckily, I survived.
Since then, I have received warm, loving support from so many of you in the United States and Japan, and many other countries. I derived a lot of strength from it, and it comforted me and enhanced my spirits.
I have been working hard on my rehabilitation, by following a restricted diet and a strict schedule. Your support has carried me through all this and helped me to improve my condition.
Currently, I am allowed to teach two hours of private lessons several times a week, which has also been helping my rehabilitation, and is done under the doctor’s guidance. I am working with private students right now, but aim to fully return to teaching as before.
I am grateful to my teachers in the United States and Japan, and to my senior students who have been covering my classes in my absence. I also want to say thank you to all my students who are continuing to train hard.
I want to thank all of you for all your love and support. Thank you so much. I am a very lucky person to have people like you who care about me. I will honor your kindness by continuing to work hard on my rehabilitation, and on becoming healthier.
I am looking forward to the day when I’ll be back to the way I used to be, and to seeing all of you again.
Peace & Love,