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History of Nihon Goshin Aikido

Nihon Goshin Aikdio

History of Nihon Goshin Aikido



Nihon Goshin Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art meaning Japanese Self-Defense. Nihon Goshin Aikido was introduced to the United States by Shihan Richard A. Bowe in 1962. Mr. Bowe trained in the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido while stationed in the military in Hokkaido Japan under the founder of the art, Soke Shodo Morita. This picture to the right shows Mr. Bowe in the top row all the way to the right in white training gi and on the bottom row from the right to left is Tominosuke Nara and then Shodo Morita. Soke Shodo Mortia trained in many different martial arts such as Karate, Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, Judo and Kobudo, therefore in Nihon Goshin Aikido you will find aspects of each of these martial arts, with the closest similarity to Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu.


Mr. Bowe received his black belt from Soke Shodo Morita and started teaching in the U.S. in 1962. In 1976 he was promoted to 5th degree or Shihan, by Tominosuke Nara who is Shodo Morita’s adopted son. Tominosuke Nara was at that time running the dojo in Japan due to the death of Soke Shodo Morita and sometime after that Shihan Nara closed the school in Japan, thus leaving Mr.Bowe as the lead authority over the art called Nihon Goshin Aikido. Mr. Bowe since that time has produced many black belts that has contributed further to the growth and success of Nihon Goshin Aikido in the U.S.


Shihan Steven Weber was Mr. Bowes highest ranking student for more than 40 years. Mr. Weber developed and spread the art across the Southeast and now in the Mid-West. Mr.Weber setup the first Nihon Goshin Aikido school in South Carolina, Florida & Arizona, which has led to the establishment of several Nihon Goshin Aikido schools across the U.S.

Shihan Steven Weber is now the founder of the Aikido Academy of America and the Nihon Goshin Aikido Federation. All of Shihan Steven Weber’s Federated dojo’s can be found by clicking here.