The secret of aikido is to cultivate a spirit of loving protection for all things. ~O Sensei

Winning means winning over the mind of discord in yourself. ~O Sensei

Aikido is the complete opposite of martial arts of the past. ~Shoji Nishio

Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat an enemy. It is the way to harmonize the world and make humanity one family. ~O Sensei

Aikido was born to be a budo that gives – a budo that shows the opponent how he/she should live and prosper. ~Shoji Nishio

A sense of play in all we do is far more important than feeling virtuous about working hard.

A child will become timid if he is scolded severely. As for good manners, gradually make the child aware of them. ~Yamamoto Tsunetomo

A journey of ten-thousand miles begins with the first step.

Compassion is not trying to be empathic but freeing your heart from the chains of fear. ~Thomas Moore

When I have a sword in my hands, my Aikido becomes the sword. When I have a jo in my hands, my Aikido becomes the jo. ~Morihei Ueshiba,

The sword and the staff reflect the inner meaning of all aikido techniques.

Upcoming Events

Yoshida Seminar 2014-promo

Event Description Date

Nishikaze Weapons Intensive

Seminar

Philip Greenwood

Philip Greenwood

Philip Greenwood will instruct this one day seminar covering ken and jo (ken tai ken, ken tai jo, ken no tebiki and jo no tebiki).

$20 mat fee.

Flyer here.

Instructor:
Philip Greenwood

Saturday
February 22, 2014
10 AM – 3 PM
at
Greenwood Aikido

Past Events

Event Description Date

Nishio Aikido
Friendship Seminar
Seminar

nishikaze

Four leading Nishio Aikido instructors will come together for this one day seminar in Venice California.  Just $20 mat fee!  Flyer with details and registration form is here.

Instructors:
Michele Benzamin-Miki
Chikako Bryner
Philip Greenwood
Minoru Shibata

October 12, 2013
Venice, CA
Venice Japanese
Cultural Center

International Aikido Workshop
Seminar

shoji nishio

Three day Nishio Memorial seminar in Shizuoka, Japan at Kannon Onsen with Yoshida Sensei and Arisue Sensei.  Special thanks to our aikido friends in Europe and especially Jan Max Bunzel for inspiring this event.

Please complete and print out application form and email as an attachment to Iwakata-san (Mr. Iwakata).

No charge for seminar for students outside Japan, only about $200 per person covers two nights including room and meals.

Sept 14-16
Shizuoka, Japan
JapaneseArts & CraftsCamp

A wonderful, fun and enriching experience for kids 7 to 13! Experience and do lots of different Japanese arts including origami, carp kite making, anime art, candy sushi, and even tea ceremony. 

 

Mon-Fri
June 17-21, 2013
9am to Noon
Koji Yoshida,
Shihan

Seminar
Koji Yoshida

Koji Yoshida Shihan was a direct student of Shoji Nishio for over 34 years. He holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido Aikikai, 6th dan Renshi in Iaido (Musoshinden-ryu), and 7th dan in Nishio-ryu Iaido. Shoji Nishio appointed Yoshida as represntative to the U.S.A., France and Ukraine at 2000. Yoshida Sensei is one of the leading technical authorities on Nishio Aikido in the world. He covers the fundamental and core principles of Nishio Budo through empty-hand techniques expressed with bokken, jo, and sword. He is also an accomplished Calligraphy teacher.

 

Sat & Sun
April 27-28, 2013
Santa Monica
Registration Form
Spring
Intensive
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One-day spring intensive training (Shunki Koshu Kai).  Attendance is free.  Special guest instructor Chikako Bryner.  More here.

Saturday
Mar 30, 2013
Iaido:
8:30-9:30am
Aikido:
9:30 – 11:30am
1:00 – 3:00pm
Philip
Greenwood

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Philip Greenwood, Sensei will be a guest instructor at Pasadena Aikikai and will focus on the fundamentals of Nishio Ryu Aikido. Greenwood Sensei will also introduce Nishio Ryu Iaido forms as they related to certain techniques being practiced.

Sunday
Feb 24, 2013
9:00 – 10:30am
Pasadena Aikikai
The Dojo
(Santa Monica)

Joint Training
Koji Yoshida

Koji Yoshida Shihan was a direct student of Shoji Nishio for over 34 years. He holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido Aikikai, 6th dan Renshi in Iaido (Musoshinden-ryu), and 7th dan in Nishio-ryu Iaido. Shoji Nishio appointed Yoshida as represntative to the U.S.A., France and Ukraine at 2000. Yoshida Sensei is one of the leading technical authorities on Nishio Aikido in the world. He covers the fundamental and core principles of Nishio Budo through empty-hand techniques expressed with bokken, jo, and sword. He is also an accomplished Calligraphy teacher.

Sat & Sun
Sept 29-30, 2012
Santa Monica
Koji Yoshida,
Shihan

Annual Seminar
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Joint training and dan testing at The Dojo in Santa Monica with Robert and Chikako Bryner.

Saturday
April 14, 2012
10:00 – 12:00
Koji Yoshida,
Shihan

Guest Instructor
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Koji Yoshida Shihan was a direct student of Shoji Nishio for over 34 years. He holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido Aikikai, 6th dan Renshi in Iaido (Musoshinden-ryu), and 7th dan in Nishio-ryu Iaido. Shoji Nishio appointed Yoshida as represntative to the U.S.A., France and Ukraine at 2000. Yoshida Sensei is one of the leading technical authorities on Nishio Aikido in the world. He covers the fundamental and core principles of Nishio Budo through empty-hand techniques expressed with bokken, jo, and sword. He is also an accomplished Calligraphy teacher.

Saturday/Sunday
September 17-18, 2011
Santa Monica High School.
Shunki Koshukai
Spring Training
One Day Intensive
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Greenwood Sensei conducted an intensive training at Greenwood Aikido.

Iaido 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Aikido 9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Aikido 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday
April 30, 2011
at Greenwood Aikido Dojo
Winter Gasshuku
Intensive Training
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Students at Greenwood Aikido participated in this intensive training. Sensei wasted no time getting right into the action showing the relationships between hand, sword and jo techniques. He also took time to explain the importance of ma-ai (spacing) in both aikido and in relationships.  The closer the space, the more intimate the relationship, the more delicate the ma-ai becomes. The seminar finished with a lot of happy faces and a few sore muscles.

Saturday
January 22, 2011
at Greenwood Aikido Dojo
Koji Yoshida,
Shihan

Guest Instructor
Koji Yoshida

Koji Yoshida Shihan was a direct student of Shoji Nishio for over 34 years. He holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido Aikikai, 6th dan Renshi in Iaido (Musoshinden-ryu), and 7th dan in Nishio-ryu Iaido. Shoji Nishio appointed Yoshida as represntative to the U.S.A., France and Ukraine at 2000. Yoshida Sensei is one of the leading technical authorities on Nishio Aikido in the world. He covers the fundamental and core principles of Nishio Budo through empty-hand techniques expressed with bokken, jo, and sword. He is also an accomplished Calligraphy teacher.

Thursday
September 23, 2010
7:00 – 9:00 PM
at Greenwood Aikido Dojo
Koji Yoshida,
Shihan

Guest Instructor
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Koji Yoshida will conduct a two-day seminar in Santa Monica. Yoshida Sensei will also be conducting a shodo (Japanese calligraphy) workshop at The Dojo in Santa Monica on Friday, September 24.

Saturday, Sunday
September 25-26, 2010
at Santa Monica High School
Philip Greenwood
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Philip Greenwood, Sensei taught a one-day seminar at Pasadena Aikikai focusing on the fundamentals of Nishio Ryu Aikido. The turnout was great and the students were very open to learning new things and expanding their aikido experience. We covered basic gyakuhanmi and aihanmi techniques along with a few related ken no tebiki and ken tai ken forms. Greenwood Sensei also introduced the students to related Nishio Ryu Iaido forms as they related to certain techniques being practiced.

Sunday
May 2, 2010
9:00am – 3:00pm
at The Pasadena Japanese Cultural Center
595 Lincoln Ave
Pasadena, CA
Philip Greenwood
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Philip Greenwood was guest instructor along with Francis Takahashi, Jay Bell and Ray Feliciano at Pasadena Aikikai’s Annual Friendship Seminar at The Pasadena Japanese Cultural Center.

Sunday
December 6, 2009
8:30 – 12:45
at The Pasadena Japanese Cultural Center.
Koji Yoshida,
Shihan

Guest Instructor
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Koji Yoshida Shihan has been a direct student of Shoji Nishio for over 34 years. He holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido Aikikai, 6th dan Renshi in Iaido (Musoshinden-ryu), and 7th dan in Nishio-ryu Iaido. Shoji Nishio appointed Yoshida as represntative to the U.S.A., France and Ukraine at 2000. Yoshida Sensei is one of the leading technical authorities on Nishio Aikido in the world. He covers the fundamental and core principles of Nishio Budo through empty-hand techniques expressed with bokken, jo, and sword. He is also an accomplished Calligraphy teacher.

Thursday
September 24, 2009
7:00 – 9:00 PM
at Greenwood Aikido Dojo
Koji Yoshida,
Shihan

Guest Instructor
Yoshida

Koji Yoshida conducted a two-day seminar in Santa Monica.

Saturday, Sunday
September 26-27, 2009
at Santa Monica High School
Robert & Chikako Bryner
Guest Instructors
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Rober Bryner has been in martial arts for over 50 years and is chief instructor at the Shotakekan Dojo in West Los Angeles. Bryner Sensei is 6th dan Aikido, 6th dan Ryu Te, 7th dan Oyata Shin Shu Ho with dan rankings in iaido and judo as well. Bryner Sensei is a long time student of Nishio-Ryu Aikido.
Chikako Bryner has trained in Aikido for 25 years. She is a 4th dan Aikido, 4th dan Ryu Te and 5th dan Iaido. Chikako has also served as translator for many visiting sensei from Japan including Shoji Nishio and Koji Yoshida.

Saturday
August 1, 2009
9:30 – 12:00
at Greenwood Aikido Dojo
Kaki
Summer Seminar
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Outdoor training on the beach to celebrate the start of summer!

Saturday
June 20, 2009