of Iaido which Nishio Sensei is teaching, is his own invention.
This style is called; Aikido Toho Iai. The
style has its roots in traditional Iaido, however, the specialty
of Nishio Sensei's Iaido is that it has a close connection to
his dynamic way of Aikido.
Toho Iai consists of 15 Kata forms, and 13 of those forms correspond
to an Aikido technique. This is why Nishio Sensei's Iaido often
has more movements than traditional Iaido and therefore it becomes
very dynamic and challenging, just as his style of Aikido.
important matter, is that Nishio Sensei's Aikido Toho Iai is
under constant development. It does not just contain a series
of Kata forms which will always be the same, but it consists
of a series of movements which develops with the small improvements
of Nishio Sensei's own Aikido. In this way Aikido Toho Iai becomes
like a mirror of Nishio Sensei's Aikido.