Nishio Sensei Video

Nishio Sensei at the 2nd Aikido Friendship demo

One way to deal with atemi in Aikido (0:20).

Shoji Nishio Sensei

Aikido – 8th dan.

Iaido – 7th dan

Kodokan Judo – 4th dan

Karate – 4th dan (Shindo Shizen ryu)

Shindo Muso ryu Jodo (staff)

Hozoin ryu Yari (spear)

Source: Aikido.info

Nishio Sensei said that Aikido has the unique ability to integrate all the Japanese martial arts. That means you’re not doing 2 or 3 or 4 – or in his case 6 – different arts. You’re doing Aikido and integrating everything you know into that.

In his book, Yurusu Budo, he said to treat strikes (atemi) the same as attacks from a sword or staff.

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