Nihon (Japanese) Goshin (Self-defense) Aikido (The way in harmony with the spirit) is a complete martial art and self-defense program for men, women and children from all walks of life. It is comprised of strikes, blocks, throws, joint locks, nerve pressure points, weapon defenses, multiple attacker defenses and more. All practitioners of our art learn to use an attackers weight and momentum while applying proven techniques to protect themselves. This allows a smaller, weaker person to successfully defend against larger, stronger adversaries.
Nihon Goshin Aikido (NGA) was founded by Master Shodo Morita in Hokkaido, Japan. Soke (founder) Shodo Morita was a student of Sokaku Takeda and Yoshida Kotaro in Daito Ryu Aiki Jiu-Jitsu. Additionally, Master Morita trained in other methods of self-defense, such as Aikido, Karate, Judo, Kendo, Bo-Jitsu, Jiu-Jitsu, and Yawara. He combined techniques from each style to form a practical, well-rounded and efficient martial art. He called it Goshin (Self-defense) Aikido.
Shihan Richard Bowe:
Shihan (Professor) Richard Bowe introduced the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido to the United States. During his military career he was stationed in Hokkaido, Japan where he reviewed a variety of martial art systems and was ultimately accepted as a student of Master Shodo Morita. Upon completing his training with Master Morita, he was awarded the rank of black belt and later returned to the United States. In 1963, after renaming the style Nihon (Japanese) Goshin Aikido, he established the first dojo in the United States.