Mutsuro Nakazono

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Masahilo Mutsuro Nakazono

Mutsuro Nakazono (December 20, 1918 – 1994) (first name also spelled "Mitsuro" or "Masahilo") was a Japanese acupuncturist, a Oriental medicine practitioner, a judo 6th dan and a 7th dan Aikikai aikido master. He studied under Morihei Ueshiba (the founder of Aikido) and Ogasawara (a teacher of the Kototama Principle) for many years. Born in the Kagoshima prefecture of Japan, he relocated to France in 1961 where he remained until the early 1970s as a representative of the Aikikai in Europe and North Africa. During this period he was also Chief instructor of Aikido for the international Budo Council. According to Henry Ellis, a pioneer of UK Akido, Nakazonon Sensei's Aikido technique was "the first seen in the U.K. to combine the power found with other instructors, with the grace normally associated with Akido today." [1] He operated the Nakazono Clinic, a natural healing center in San Diego, California. He later moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States, and lived there until he died in 1997.[2]

Nakazono was an authority on kotodama and wrote privately published books on the subject.[2] His study of kotodama was greatly influenced by his studies with Ōsensei Ueshiba who cultivated a spiritual outlook in his teachings. He is believed to have mastered kotodama to a certain degree, yet few of his disciples demonstrated an interest in learning this aspect of aikido from him. The exception was Nakazono Sensei.

Nakazono was also deeply involved in the spiritual aspect of healing such as Inochi. Having descended from a long family tradition of healers he passed on both his interest in Aikido and his spiritual approach to healing to his son Jiro Nakazono (now known as Jei Atacama) who practices spiritual healing in New York City.

In 2007 there was a series of memorial events in Rosfall, Switzerland and Neath, UK sponsored by Nakazono Sensei's students in memory of their beloved teacher.


  • M. Masahilo Nakazono, My Past Way Of Budo (1979) Kototama Books ISBN 0-9716674-0-3
  • M. Masahilo Nakazono, The Real Sense Of Natural Therapy (1985) Kototama Books ISBN 0-9716674-0-3
  • M. Masahilo Nakazono, The Source of the Present Civilization (1990) Kototama Books ISBN 0-9716674-3-8
  • M. Masahilo Nakazono, The Source of the Old and NewTestaments (1990) Kototama Books ISBN 978-0-9716674-4-0


  1. ^ Rogers; Derek Eastman; Henry Ellis, Dave (2004). Positive Aikido (1st ed.). Canado: Trafford. p. 148. ISBN 1-4120-4668-8.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b Pranin, Stanley. "Encyclopedia of Aikido: NAKAZONO, MUTSURO". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2010.

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