Aikido Academy

Of Martial Arts "Where self-defense is a science"

About Us

Mr. Elliott Schwartz, who holds the rank of San-dan, is the chief instructor at the New Port Richey School, training in Aikido for 22 years and has also trained in the art of Chinese Kenpo.

He has trained directly under Mr. Weber who holds the rank of Go-dan and is the founder of the Aikido Academy of America.

We are committed to excellence in the mental and physical development of our students. Our goal is two-fold. First, we want to provide students with a fun, safe, and positive place to learn self-defense. And secondly, we want to foster effective self-defense training in a non-competitive environment. Our nationally certified instructors complete intensive and professional student teaching requirements. Once certified, instructors continue their progress, personal development, and education as instructors. We ensure students have a safe, fun and challenging time at our schools.

Students will find a complete Japanese system of self-defense consisting of throws, joint locks, nerve pressure points, grappling and strikes. By using the attacker’s weight and momentum, along with mind and body coordination, a smaller person can defend themselves against larger adversaries.

Because Nihon Goshin Aikido was founded from Aiki-Jujitsu, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate, and Kobudo, our instructors are able to teach students many aspects of personal self-defense. The well-rounded martial artist must be able to defend themselves in many situations. Further, one must be able to defend against multiple attackers and weapons as knives, clubs or guns.

We use strikes and precision nerve pressure points and we utilize balance breaking techniques or throws to bring a person to the ground to apply joint-locks and submission holds.

The History of Aikido:

Nihon (Japanese) Goshin (Self-Defense) Aikido was brought to the United States by Mr. Richard A. Bowe, who trained with Master Shodo Morita in Hokkaido, Japan. Soke (founder) Shodo Morita was a student of Yoshida Kotaro, Sokaku Takeda and some of his senior students in Daito Ryu Aiki Ju-Jitsu. Additionally, Master Morita trained in other methods of self-defense, such as Aikido, Karate, Judo, Kendo, Bo-Jitsu, Ju-Jitsu, and Yawara. He then decided to combine techniques from each style in order to formulate a single, well rounded and efficient martial art. He called it Nihon Goshin Aikido. In 1963 Shihan Bowe began teaching the art and established the United States branch of the Nihon Goshin Aikido Association at his headquarters dojo.

The Benefits of Aikido:

* Effective (realistic, proven to work)
* Simple (anyone can do it – no strength required)
* Stress Reduction (channeling energy in a Positive way)
* Self-Defense Skill (peace of mind)
* Flexible (must adapt to each situation)
* Comprehensive (covers all methods of response)
* Health and fitness (feeling and looking well)

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