Sifu Yori Nakamura Medical Fund

$12,670 of $25k goal

Raised by 98 people in 12 months
Sifu Yorinaga Nakamura recently suffered an aortic dissection for which he underwent emergency surgery. This is a serious medical issue that will require significant rehabilitation time. As a lifelong dedicated professional martial artist, this is a large financial setback. There will be numerous medical expenses and he has had to temporarily step back from the intensive schedule of seminars and workshops that are his livelihood. As his students, we are all hoping for a fast recovery, but at this time we must prepare for the challenges ahead.

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.

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Posted by Harlan Hugh
9 months ago
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Dear friends:

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,
Yorinaga Nakamura
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Posted by Harlan Hugh
10 months ago
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Just a quick update. Sifu Yori is out of the hospital and continues to work on his recovery everyday. Thanks again to everyone who helped with reaching the goal!
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Thanks everyone for your help so far! Sifu Yori continues to recover and is scheduled to be released from the hospital on March 7th. He and Simo Hiromi are very thankful for all the help and support shown from around the world!
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$12,670 of $25k goal

Raised by 98 people in 12 months
Created February 10, 2016
Harlan Hugh  
HR
$20
Harry R.
1 month ago
$200
Anonymous
1 month ago
$10
Michael Durkee
1 month ago
VP
$50
Vincent Pham
2 months ago
GH
$250
Gregory Hainer
2 months ago

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIFU! I hope you are good spirits as you continue to regain your strength. We miss your teaching and your inspirational energy very much and are looking forward to your return!

CP
$30
Christophe Pank
4 months ago
JF
$50
Jason Farmer
4 months ago
$500
Kelvin, Max, & Gisele Lee
4 months ago

Sifu Yori was so important in Kelvin's life. My husband loved his teacher and felt so honored when he visited him at home during his last days. Kelvin wants to participate and join us to wish him prompt recovery.

GA
$100
Glenn Angeles
4 months ago

Dear Sifu Yori, May God continue to bless and heal you. We miss you and please come back soon. You are always in our prayers. Love the Angeles family.

AI
$55
Adnan & Jevgenija Islam
4 months ago

Dear Sensei Yori, we wish you the best, and quick recovery. love, Adnan & Jevgenija Islam

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