The Martial Way - Nihon Goshin Aikido
Sensei Nicholas G. Licata, Ni-Dan
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Master Shodo Morita founded the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido in Japan. He was a respected member of the Japanese Martial Arts Community and a contemporary of Morihei Ueshiba who founded the art popularly known as Aikido. Nihon Goshin Aikido is a different art from Aikido. see philosophy
Shodo Morita was trained by Yoshiro Kitaro, an instructor of Daito ryu Aikijitsu. Master Kitaro also trained in his own family's system of self-defense. In addition to training in Daito ryu, Master Morita trained in Judo, Kobudo (weapons), Karate, and the esoteric arts. After mastering these arts, Master Morita realized that although they were highly effective, no single style was complete. Each art focused on a separate element of self-defense: The karate arts focused on striking. The judo arts focused on throwing. The jujitsu arts focused on joint locks.
Master Morita incorporated principles and techniques of each system into a new system called Nihon Goshin Aikido. It is significant to note that he did not merely choose the best techniques from each system, but a variety of techniques, recognizing that what works well for one person may not be effective for a second person due to physical differences such as height, body type, etc. Nihon Goshin Aikido is a highly effective form of martial arts due to its variety of principles.