Masatoshi Nakayama

1913 - 1987

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Masatoshi Nakayama (中山 正敏, Nakayama Masatoshi, April 13, 1913 – April 15, 1987) was an internationally famous Japanese master of Shotokan karate. He helped establish the Japan Karate Association (JKA) in 1949, and wrote many textbooks on karate, which served to popularize his martial art. For almost 40 years, until his death in 1987, Nakayama worked to spread Shotokan karate around the world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Masatoshi Nakayama has received more than 117,466 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Masatoshi Nakayama is the 14th most popular martial arts (down from 13th in 2019), the 643rd most popular biography from Japan (down from 585th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Japanese Martial Arts.

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Among martial arts, Masatoshi Nakayama ranks 14 out of 117Before him are Choi Hong Hi, Kenwa Mabuni, Ankō Itosu, Hélio Gracie, Chōjun Miyagi, and Andy Hug. After him are Higaonna Kanryō, Conor McGregor, Fedor Emelianenko, Matsumura Sōkon, Motobu Chōki, and Cynthia Rothrock.

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Among people born in 1913, Masatoshi Nakayama ranks 112Before him are Reinhard Hardegen, Malietoa Tanumafili II, Georgy Flyorov, Véra Clouzot, Stefan Heym, and Waldemar de Brito. After him are Tadao Horie, Alfonso López Michelsen, Alfred Bester, Donald Maclean, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, and Trevor Howard. Among people deceased in 1987, Masatoshi Nakayama ranks 78Before him are Maria von Trapp, Gustav Fröhlich, Lorne Greene, Salim Ali, Otto Wöhler, and Tawfiq al-Hakim. After him are Charan Singh, Clarence Brown, Naji al-Ali, Mary Astor, Alfred Bester, and Bertrand de Jouvenel.

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Among people born in Japan, Masatoshi Nakayama ranks 643 out of 5,560Before him are Kozo Arai (1950), Sōsuke Uno (1922), Osami Nagano (1880), Yukiya Amano (1947), Miki Sugawara (1950), and Takeo Miki (1907). After him are Zenkō Suzuki (1911), Emperor Horikawa (1079), Giant Baba (1938), Ii Naosuke (1815), Akira Matsunaga (1914), and Tadao Horie (1913).


Among martial arts born in Japan, Masatoshi Nakayama ranks 7Before him are Kanō Jigorō (1860), Gichin Funakoshi (1868), Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Kenwa Mabuni (1889), Ankō Itosu (1831), and Chōjun Miyagi (1888). After him are Higaonna Kanryō (1853), Matsumura Sōkon (1809), Motobu Chōki (1870), Morihiro Saito (1928), Koichi Tohei (1920), and Shoji Nishio (1927).