Official Organization of Aikido In The Nishio Tradition
An ever growing vision for the future of Aikido
Nishikaze Aikido Society of America (NASA) is an association of Aikido teachers and students dedicated to promoting and advancing the technical and philosophical tradition of Aikido developed by Shoji Nishio, Shihan through ongoing education and research.
A Higher Level
O Sensei said that Shoji Nishio represented the future of Aikido. Nishio Sensei was a great innovator and highly ranked in numerous martial arts. He drew from the essential aspects of iaido, jodo, karate and judo in order to express the ethical ideals of Aikido in a manner that preserves martial effectiveness.
A True Legacy
On his final visit to the U.S. in 2000, Shoji Nishio Sensei appointed Yoshida Sensei as his official representative to the U.S.A., France and Ukraine. Yoshida Sensei established Nishikaze Aikido Society of America (Nishikaze Aikido Kai) as the official Nishio organization in the United States.
Online resources, discounts on seminars, trips to Japan! Nishikaze is helping you every step of the way. Individual Membership is available to anyone whether you’re a student just starting out or a teacher. Run a dojo? Dojo Membership gives you and your students access to offical Aikikai accredited ranking.
For many of us, it’s important that Aikido continue to be relevant as a martial art as well as remain true to the philosophy of Aikido as expressed by the founder, Moriehei Ueshiba. That means that we must be willing to continually reconsider how we approach our practice.
Nishio shared an expansive and continually evolving vision for the future of Aikido. His vision and technical genius produced a new and highly integrated approach to Aikido based on the correct use of the Japanese sword and also containing key elements of jodo, judo and karate.
Shoji Nishio was a student of Aikido founder Moriehei Ueshiba. Nishio Sensei was a highly regarded martial art master in numerous disciplines and a great innovator in Aikido. His goal was to advance Aikido into the future, to ensure aikido’s place as an effective and technically sound martial art that adheres to the foundations of Japanese bushido as well as the philosophical vision of the founder.
Nishikaze Aikido Society of America is the official organization of the Nishio method of Aikido in the United States. Nishikaze was established by Koji Yoshida, Shihan, Shoji Nishio’s personally appointed successor and is affiliated with Aikikai Foundation Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Dan level (black belt) ranking through Nishikaze is Aikikai accredited. NASA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity educational corporation.
NASA is also the official ranking body in the U.S. for Nishio Sensei’s iaido which is Nishio-ryu Toho Iaido. NASA establishes official standards and grading requirements and provides testing and promotion for Nishio-ryu Toho Iaido.
Individual Membership Benefits
More than anything it is the sense of fraternity to inspire each other in our quest for excellence. Nishio Sensei was an innovator and we expect our members to work to continually improve and refine the caliber of their training methodologies and their art. Members are encouraged to attend seminars regularly and to participate in the NASA community, in the broader Aikido community and even in other arts. Nishio Sensei set an example to be faithful to the philosophy and practice of Aikido while at the same time seeking nourishment from other arts.
A special benefit of NASA membership is right on this website in the Member Area. As a NASA member you’ll receive a Username and Password to access hours and hours concisely edited and captioned exclusive video content and other helpful training materials.
We welcome new members to our events, to share in the beauty and power of Aikido and to hopefully find friendships that can last a lifetime. Individual Membership is open to students and instructors from any affiliation and includes access to Nishio-ryu Toho Iaido accredited ranking. In addition, Dojo Membership provides teachers and their students Aikikai Foundation accredited ranking in Aikido.
- Instruction with direct lineage to Shoji Nishio Shihan
- Organization founded by Nishio Sensei’s appointed successor, Koji Yoshida
- Aikikai Hombu recognized Shihan and Dan ranks *
- A direct historical link to Nishio Sensei as well as the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan.
- National seminars and regional seminars
- Seminars with instructors from around the world including Japan, Europe and U.S.
- Relationships with Nishio Aikido dojo around the world
- Online dojo listing identifying your dojo as a member of Nishikaze Aikido Society of America *
- Online video library with hours of exclusive footage and easy access technical reference
- Dan ranking through Aikikai Hombu Dojo *
- Standardized Kyu and Dan testing requirements
- “Ethical Guidelines” which ensure fairness and equality
* Benefits of Dojo Membership