Nihon Goshin Aikido is the style of aikido that is taught by Sensei Earl Layumas. It is a self defense oriented style of aikido.
The roots of Nihon Goshin Aikido can be traced to Daito ryu Aikijujitsu whose greatest proponent was Sokaku Takeda. Master Shodo Morita founded the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido. He was trained by Yoshida Kitaro, an instructor of Daito ryu Aikijitsu. Master Kitaro also trained in his family system of self-defense.In addition to training in Daito ryu, Master Morita trained in Judo, Kobudo (weapons, Karate, and the esoteric arts. After Master Morita mastered these arts, he realized that although they were highly effective, no single style was complete. Each art focused on a separate element of self-defense: The karate arts focused on striking. The judo arts focused on throwing. The ju-jitsu arts focused on joint locks. Master Morita incorporated principles and techniques of each system into a new system called Nihon Goshin Aikido. It is significant to note that he did not merely choose the best techniques from each system. He realized that due to height differences, techniques that work for one person may not be effective for others. Nihon Goshin Aikido is a highly effective form of martial arts due to its variety of principles.

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