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.
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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, Morihei 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 Morihei 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. Aikido Dan level (black belt) ranking through Nishikaze is through the Aikikai (Aikido World Headquarters), Tokyo Japan. NASA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity educational corporation.
Nishikaze is also the official ranking body in the U.S. for Nishio Sensei’s iaido which is Aiki Toho Iaido. NASA establishes official standards and grading requirements and provides testing and promotion for Aiki Toho Iaido.
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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.