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.







  • Carlos Colon says:

    I am looking for an after school martial arts program for my son of 10yrs. He has a background in kajukenbo, purple belt. We are not looking for a baby sitter but are looking for a school and new martial arts discipline. We are looking for a program that has school pickup, Sunset Hills Elementary with us picking him up at 6pm. If you do not offer this service do you know of any other martial school that offers this service?

  • Hi Carlos, Sorry for the late reply as I have been busy readying the dojo for opening this week. Unfortunately I do not offer after school pickup. We do offer kids classes and they will be on Tuesday and Thursday’s from 5:30-6:45. If you are looking for after school pickup I really cannot recommend anyone as I don’t have personal knowledge of the service of any of those type of programs so I can’t in good conscious recommend one. I will say I offer a very unique approach to kids martial arts training one that has proven to help kids develop not only physically but helps them make great strides in confidence, train of thought and overall improvement in school. If you wish to further discuss please contact me at 727.808.9911 and I would be glad to set up a time to meet and discuss.

    Chris Leventis
    Aikido Academy of Self Defense
    Tarpon Springs