Budo or Nishio Ryu
Shoji Nishio Sensei was born in Aomori Prefecture in 1927.
He entered the Aikikai Hombu Dojo at the end of 1955.
He practiced Judo, Karate, Iaido, and Jodo prior to beginning in
Aikido. The skills he
acquired through his practice of these martial arts are incorporated
seamlessly into his unique Aikido, which is now referred to as Nishio Budo
or sometimes Nishio Ryu.
Nishio Sensei is an 8th dan Shihan, Aikikai Federation, and 7th dan Shihan
in the Nihon Zendoku Iaido Federation.
He also holds a 4th dan in Kodokan Judo and a 4th dan in Shindo
Shizen ryu of Karatedo. He
has also studied Shindo Muso ryu – Jodo (way of the staff), and Hozoin
ryu – Yari (spear). He has developed a new school of Iaido with forms based upon
Aikido techniques called Aiki Toho Iai.
In Nishio Budo, you study precise
footwork to understand irimi (entering) in such a way that you are always
in a position of safety and you are also put into a position that is half
a step ahead of your opponent. From
this point through the finish of the technique you remain in a safe
position while controlling the movement of your opponent.
This concept has Nishio Sensei often reminding you of
O’Sensei’s saying, “Victory is determined at the moment of
For further information read the article taken from the
Aikido Journal, 1996, Vol. 24, no.1, pg. 21-22 on the Nishio