Shihan Bowe (center) opened the original American dojo in Gutenberg, NJ in 1963, and now teaches a yudansha class on Friday evenings in Byrum, NJ.
Sensei Weber (left) established many schools across North and South Carolina. He also introduced Nihon Goshin Aikido to Florida in 1991 and to Arizona in 2003.
Sensei MacEwen (right) has taught many students through his Middletown, NY dojo. His students have gone on to open many dojos in New York, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and Washington.
Associations and Federations (must have 2 or more affiliated dojos to qualify as an association)
Nihon Goshin Aikido Association (Shihan Bowe’s original association), is now headed up by Sensei Robert MacEwen effective 11/2018.
Nihon Goshin Aikido Federation (Around 2008, Mr. Weber - the highest ranking student in the art under Mr. Bowe - left the Nihon Goshin Aikido Association, and formed his own federation).
Nihon Goshin Aikido Yudansha-Kai (John Carter and John Wyndham’s association formed when Mr. Weber left the association). Perhaps the most notable characteristic of this group is their decision to abandon Mr. Bowe’s 5 dan ranking system for the more traditional 10 dan ranking system. As such they are all appear to be Mr. Bowe’s rank ~ or higher, but they are using a 10 dan system.
Generally speaking, individual associations & federations advance rank through their own leadership, but maintain the same ranking structure while operating independently of the other bodies. They all follow the same pathway Master Morita laid out.
^^There may be other Nihon Goshin Aikido Organizations or Federations that I’m not aware of. If you know of one, please send me an email with the pertinent information here.
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