The Martial Way - Nihon Goshin Aikido
Sensei Nicholas G. Licata, Ni-Dan
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What is Nihon Goshin Aikido
Nihon Goshin Aikido (NGA) is a martial art which combines the principles of circular motion with joint manipulation and striking techniques. Most closely related to Daito ryu Aikijujitsu, Nihon Goshin Aikido was developed in Japan by Shodo Morita a student of Yoshiro Kitaro an instructor of Daito ryu Aikijujitsu.
Although Nihon Goshin Aikido and Aikido share the term Aikido, there are important differences. Nihon Goshin Aikido is a fighting system -- a budo. It shares the aikido with Ueshiba's Aikido because it incorporates the principles of blending or harmonizing with the spirit of an attack. However, it takes into account that many attacks and attackers do not lend themselves to blending.
Useshiba's Aikido is more philosophical in nature aiming for goals of world peace and understanding. We believe in these noble goals as well, but we prefer to separate the philosophy from our martial art and remain bushido.
Nihon Goshin Aikido acknowledges the importance of 'blending' and aiki, but makes allowances for different fighting styles, espousing a more realistic approach to self defense. For more information on Ueshiba's Aikido you can visit the aikiweb.
Nihon Goshin Aikido Junior Division