Nakamura Yoiichi (中村陽一)

Nakamura Yoiichi, 20th Soke of Toda-ha Buko-ryu & Kent Sorensen, soke-dairi & shihan of the Nakano Dojo (kagi-tsuki naginata vs. yari)  – Photo courtesy of Grigoris Miliaresis

Nakamura Yoichi, born 1972)  succeeded Nitta Suzuyo as the 20th generation soke of Toda-ha Buko-ryu in June of 2008.  Although young, in his mid-thirties, he embodied the essence of what a soke must necessarily be – the center of a ryu.  Nakamura sensei led by force of gravity – his warmth and dignity drew all members of the ryu to him.  Rather than finding it necessary to lead, we all naturally oriented ourselves around him.

Regrettably, Nakamura sensei passed away after a long illness, shortly after his 40th birthday, on August 28th, 2012.

Toda-ha Buko-ryu is currently under the direction of soke-dairi, Kent Sorensen, also head of the Toda-ha Buko-ryu’s core dojo, the Nakano Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.  Sorensen sensei is supported by a number of shihan (fully licensed instructors) throughout the world.