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03-17-2005, 09:43 AM
Nishio Sensei died on tuesday 15 / 3

Nishio Sensei was 77 years old

03-17-2005, 09:44 AM
I just saw this posted over on Aikido Journal.


Have been trying to get further confirmation but no luck so far. There is nothing mentioned on his homepage or at the Aikikai homepage. Does anyone have more news regarding this?



Stanley Pranin
03-17-2005, 11:16 AM
We have so far been unable to confirm this report, but we should have a clarification within a few hours.

Stanley Pranin

03-17-2005, 11:53 AM
i posted this a few hours ago *netiquett*

i got the message from one of "uppsala budoklubbs" head instructors message: http://www.budo.se/forum/showthread.php?t=2005 in swedish), one with very close bonds to nishio sensei and his aikido (I to come from a Nishio inspired club)
To confirm the headinstructors close bond to Nishio sensei i post this link to his club http://www.hokuoaikikai.com/english/index.html

03-17-2005, 12:00 PM
I can confirm now
i have received a email where the sender is one of our clubmembers, he have had contact with takemori sensei - our sensei and he let us know that Nishio sensei died 15/3

E.D. Gordon
03-17-2005, 02:45 PM
I can confirm now
i have received a email where the sender is one of our clubmembers, he have had contact with takemori sensei - our sensei and he let us know that Nishio sensei died 15/3

Thank you for saying something. I had been frantically searching for a Swedish-English translator to decipher Stenudd Sensei's comments from the board. My German is not enough to get it all.

My deepest, heartbroken condolences to all who lost a beautiful teacher.

The strange synchronicity is that tonight, I taught his 3-count drill and talked about the way he wove his arts together in one of the most cogent and coherent visions of Aikido extant.

He was also one of the most kind and graceful people I ever met (San Antonio 1998).

I remember he was a scotch drinker. I have ordered some very special scotch for my husband's return, and we will drink to Shoji Nishio's memory.

May Nishio Sensei's students remain both strong and kind.

The greatest backhanded compliment I ever received, on my shodan test (in another style with a Nishio student as an uke) was that it looked more like that style, than my own.

I really fell in love with what Nishio was doing, and would have gladly followed that system, if I had not run into a jujutsu system doing much the same thing, in the right place at the right time.

I still take every opportunity to keep an eye towards what Nishio and his students are doing, and I always will. The best of aikido lives on in that school.

Again, my most heartbroken condolences..

Emily Dolan Gordon

Paul Kerr
03-18-2005, 01:44 AM
Very sad news. My deepest condolences.

03-18-2005, 02:41 AM
This is indeed bad news. I have only experienced Nishio sensei at about 4 times at week long seminars, and I am sad to say that it was when I was a rank beginner. We practice Nishio ryu in our dojo and I am going there this year in September. I was hoping to experience this great teacher once more, but it is not going to be so.

My condolences to all out there that knew him so much better than i did. Let's take a moment to mourn him, and then get back to practicing his great vision of aikido as 'the forgiving budo'. He shall be missed, but life and aikido will go on.

03-18-2005, 03:44 AM
Confirmation can be found on the official Nishio Sensei web-site:


03-18-2005, 03:50 AM
Jogen beat me to it.

I have only recently been able to look at Nishio Sensei through the very cheap ($14) VHS tapes being sold off by Stan Pranin over at AJ, in fact the three that I ordered only turned up this Tuesday. I like what I've seen so far. My sincere condolences to his family and students.

03-18-2005, 05:44 AM
Hi Bryan

If you want to experience the aikido style of Nishio sensei then get on a plane to Denmark asap (with Ryan Air it's just af few pounds). Next week monday through saturday we have the anual easter seminar with Arisou sensei (7. dan - student of nishio sensei through 35 years). If you get here before monday bright and early you can hitch a ride with me to the site of the seminar.

You can read a bit more about it on www.aikikai.dk

03-18-2005, 09:12 AM
Condelences and compassion to the family, friends, and students from all of us at the Tenshinkai Westminster Aikikai Dojo.

AikiWeb System
03-18-2005, 12:13 PM
Posted 2005-03-18 11:12:01 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://www2u.biglobe.ne.jp/~nisio/html/eigo.html

Shoji Nishio sensei, 8th dan Aikikai, passed away on March 15th, 2005 from cancer at age 77. The funeral and wake were conducted with only his family and relatives in attendance. There will be an official funeral on March 26th at 1pm at Jiunkaki at the Zohjohji temple in central Tokyo (4-7-35, Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo). My condolences go out to all of his family, friends, and loved ones.

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Peter Brown
03-20-2005, 12:00 PM
I would like to send condolences and respects after hearing the sad news of the passing of a great master, from everyone at the Kyu Shin Kan Dojo in Leicester UK,

03-20-2005, 12:56 PM
Sad news indeed, he will be missed.
I too follow Nihio's style, and I am sorry that I will never get to experience him myself.

My deepest condolences to those who knew him and to all the future generations that will have to do without him.

Justin Gaar
03-22-2005, 11:14 AM
My deepest sympathies to Nishio Sensei and his family. He has taught alot of people. He shall never be forgotten.

03-29-2005, 03:11 AM
This just to inform you that the easter camp in Denmark last week was carried through as planned in spite of Senseis death. Both Arisou sensei and the other representatives from the circles around Nishio sensei was influenced by the sad incident but carried on and created a seminar in a spirit and with a great atmosphere.

Early Saturday morning a ceremony was performed where almost 100 aikidoka from many countries paid there respect and each lit a stick of incense in front of a display with a lovely flower decoration, one of senseis dogi's and several pictures of sensei the way we remember him.

We were all deeply moved by the beautiful ceremony and in senseis spirit the following practiced was performed with all the vigor and enthusiasm that we could give.

He shall be missed - but it is good to know that his aikido lives and breathes.

04-04-2005, 02:17 AM
A good friend of mine took this beautiful picture of the table with the insense sticks candles and pictures.

Mark Jewkes
04-07-2005, 02:47 AM
Hi everybody
Joergen has already given a description, but I would like to submit my version as well.

At the easter seminar in Denmark taught by Arisue Sensei, one of Nishio Senseis foremost students, a memorial ceremony was held on the 26th of march.
The shomen was placed close to the tatami. On the shomen were pictures of Nishio Sensei, a flower decoration,candles, his bokken. On display was one of his dogi jackets.
Iwakata-san from the Warabi Dojo had fetched sand from the beach in Saeby, for the 3 white bowls for incence sticks. At 0800 o´clock sharp about 100 participants stood in line, and listened to Arisue Senseis speech. After that ever body marched 2 and 2 towards the shomen, put down an envelope with a money gift, lit the incense on one of the two burning candles, said a silent prayer bowed and went back. The whole ceremony last about one hour. One hour in silence with attention focused on the shomen area and the persons showing their respect. Many people had tears in their eyes returning to the line.
After the last pair of mourners Okamoto-san from Warabi stood in front and held a little speech in English with tremendous vocal power. He said something like: Please don´t cry, we must instead train more and more in the spirit of Nishio Sensei.
The rest of the day was spent training.

After the seminar Iwakata ,who had planned the ceremony to the tiniest detail, presented us with the three incense bowls. Some of the ash would be returned to Senseis wife together with the gifts. Most of the sand and ash is kept at Frederikshavn Budo Klub for future memorials. One of the pictures present at the ceremony, was our own signed foto-portrait of Nishio Sensei by Michael Fowler. As it now stands in our shomen, it has gained a certain significance for us present at the ceremony.

The ceremony in Saeby provided for us an opportunity to say good-bye to Nishio Sensei. By dying a couple of days before the seminar Sensei gave us this opportunity to gather - an act of will? Who knows but it wouldn´t surprise me.

Joergen: would you be so kind as to mail the beautiful picture to me. I know that Iwakata-san looks for pictures like that, so do we.

tak for sidst!

Mark Jewkes
04-07-2005, 02:48 AM
Sorry not Okamoto but Sakamoto-san of course

04-07-2005, 04:20 AM
Hi Mark

Thank's for the more detailed desciption. You have added aspects I wasn't aware of. Of course I will send you the picture. It is originally from Rico's collection. I have a few more in my own collection as well and I'll gather what ever I have and send it to you. Just PM me with your e-mail adress...