The Nishio Sensei Aikido Notebook, approved by Nishio Sensei, is an enormous endeavor undertaken by Varjan Sensei, 5th dan, compiling the styles seminars and unique aspects of Nishio Ryu Aikido. It includes the complete Iaido katas they are based on, and puts them into one textbook for students and teachers of Aikido and practioners of other martial arts.
This book covers almost fifteen years of seminars of Nishio Sensei's techniques, as he taught and perfected them. There are over 450 graphics depicting the fluid and dynamic Aikido developed by Nishio Sensei. Sword technique from which Aikido techniques are based, are readily shown in this unique publication including over 400 pages of progressive techniques described by Varjan Sensei showing how to perform the technique, where it came from, and how it evolved into the beautiful combination of arts mastered and taught by Nishio Sensei, plus weapons and special techniques.
About Shoji Nishio:
Shoji Nishio Sensei was born in Aomori Prefecture in 1927. He entered the Aikikai Hombu Dojo at the end of 1955. He practiced judo, karate, iaido, and jodo prior to beginning in Aikido. The skills he acquired through his practice of these martial arts are incorporated seamlessly into his unique Aikido. Nishio Sensei makes regular trips abroad to Scandinavia, Europe and the U.S.A.
Shoji Nishio Sensei is an 8th dan Shihan, Aikikai Federation, and 7th dan Shihan in the Nihon Zendoku Iaido Federation. He also holds a 4th dan in Kodokan Judo and a 4th dan in Shindo Shizen Ryu of Karatedo. He has also studied Shindo Muso ryu - Jodo(staff), and Hozoin ryu - Yari(spear). He has developed a new school of Iaido with forms based upon Aikido techniques, Aiki Toho Iaido.