Shoji Nishio started practising aikido in 1951 for Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. He was an 8 dan aikido teacher within the Aikikai organisation, and was awarded the master's title shihan in 1955. Nishio sensei's highly idiosyncratic form of aikido showed traces of his vast experience in other budo arts—mainly judo, karate, jodo and iaido, in all of which he carried high dan grades. Shoji Nishio was mainly active in the area around Tokyo and Yokohama.
Nishio sensei had a vast number of students all over the world. He frequently travelled to Scandinavia, France and the US to teach at seminars. Among the present-day teachers who carries on his legacy are Ichiro Shishiya (7 dan) and Yasuhiko Takemori (7 dan). Both instruct regularly at seminars in Sweden.
Nishio sensei passed away on 15 March 2005, at the age of 77.
5 December 1927 – 15 March 2005
Article about Nishio sensei in Aikido Journal: Shoji Nishio: Aikido's innovative genius