Nihon (Japanese) Goshin (Self-Defense) Aikido is a hand-to-hand fighting system, which was founded and developed by a Japanese martial arts master named Shodo Morita. He lived in Hokkaido, Japan’s northern-most island where Samuarai traditions of the noble warrior are still held in high regard. The island is one of the few places left in the world today where one can study the martial arts as they have been practiced for years – not just as a physical past time, but as a way of life.
Shodo Morita’s adopted son, Tominosuke Nara (pictured above) , took over the system after Master Morita.
Sensei Richard A. Bowe brought the art to America. He is the U.S. Director of the Nihon Goshin Aikido Association and is recognized as a martial arts pioneer by his peers.
Sensei Steven A. Weber (pictured left) is the highest ranking and the senior instructor who introduced the art to South Carolina, Florida, and Arizona. After 45 years of training and teaching, Sensei Weber is now the Director of Aikido Academy of America/Nihon Goshin Aikido Federation based in Tucson, Arizona.