Slideshow: “Spotlighting the Dynamic Technique of Shoji Nishio!”

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“One of Aikido’s Greats in Action… Watch this Slideshow!

Shoji Nishio was one of the art’s true innovators, possessor of a dynamic style built on long years of study in other disciplines melded superbly into his unique aikido. Speed, effectiveness, and elegance are the hallmarks of Nishio Sensei’s aikido. His impact on aikido was felt strongly both in Japan and abroad during to his extensive travel and frequent seminars.

Fortunately, his technical legacy is preserved in the form of this wonderful 4-DVD set that he compiled during the height of his career. These study aids are essential to learning his vast aikido system and will stimulate the thinking of beginner and advanced student alike.

This is the time for you to take action and get exposure to one of postwar aikido’s major teachers. Aikido Journal is making these materials available at an extremely affordable price, so it is up to you to avail yourself of this opportunity to improve your skills. Serious martial artists are always challenging themselves with new input from the very best instructors. Shoji Nishio Sensei is one such person.

Shoji Nishio will thoroughly acquaint you with his unique approach to aikido in these high-quality professional DVDs. You will come to understand his extensive use of weapons and their theoretical and practical relationship to empty-handed techniques. Nishio Sensei’s aikido is precise, effective, and displays all of the characteristics of a martial mindset. At the same time, his aikido is morally-principled in consonance with the high ideals of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.


  1. I was so lucky and blessed to get stationed near Yokohama where I could practice with Nishio Sensei. I arrived at Atsugi Naval Air station on a Thursday at the beginning of October. I called Satoshi Takamori within a couple days and we made arrangements to meet at the Yokohama train station on Monday evening. We went up on the top floor that must have been 20+ restaurants and had dinner, then he took me on about a 12 minute walk to the Matsuo Dojo and introduced me to Nishio Sensei. I had met Sensei before at a Los Angelos seminar. Perhaps he remembered me. I was never sure. I was one of the few people who sat down with him at the party and tried to talk with him. I was new to Aikido, but I wanted to know if he had trained with Gichin Funakoshi. The answer was yes, but the way I asked could have meant he knew of him or had seen him.

    Nishio Sensei was always, always, always concerned with being in a position where he could strike but not be struck. If you carefully analyze the techniques you will find this so with every step he takes. I carry on with this thought in everything I teach, even the Iwama techniques. If I can be struck, I modify the technique to prevent it. I will not throw a cross body shihonage, because you are in range and can be taken down by uke.

    Tom Huffman

  2. Mr Pranin,

    The screen grabs would look better if the video was deinterlaced first, you can see the horizontal lines between frames in some of the action shots. Just a technical observation, love the blog.

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