Nishio Aikido is the innovative development of Nishio Sensei. A pioneer of Aikido, he was considered a genius with his unique flavour of the martial art, incorporating Sword Arts, Karate, Jodo and Judo into his system.

Nishio Aikido London is one of the few schools in London who train the Nishio system.


Shoji Nishio (西尾 昭二, December 5, 1927 – March 15, 2005) was a Japanese Aikido teacher holding the rank of 8th dan shihan from the Aikikai.


Nishio Sensei was born in Aomori Prefecture of Japan in 1927. He joined Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1951 and began to teach around 1955. Before aikido he studied judo (6th Dan Kodokan Judo), karate (5th Dan Shindō jinen-ryū), iaido (7th Dan Nihon Zendoku Iaido) and jōdō and also Shintō Musō-ryū jōjutsu and Hōzōin-ryū sōjutsu.


Skills gained from them he managed to smoothly include into his own specific aikido style where all techniques can be performed with the wooden sword bokken in hand as well as without weapons, and his weapon systems has few similarities to the more common system that derives from Morihiro Saito.


He held the title of an Aikikai shihan and created a new school of Iaido with forms from aikido, called Aikido Toho Iai. In 2003 Nishio received the Budo Kyoryusho award from Japanese Budo Federation for his lifetime contribution to development and worldwide propagation of aikido.


Chief Instructor Jarkko Lapinlampi, 4th dan Aikido and 4th dan Aikido Toho Iai, has trained Aikido under Nishio Sensei’s system and received his grades directly from Nishio Sensei. Read More about Sensei Lapinlampi here.