Jerry R. Phelps - Sensei is the head instructor at the dojo.
is an energetic and loving teacher.
also trains WITH his
does not just stand up and teach then sit back.
loves to feel how his
students are doing, so he
can help them.
By being an active participant, he
is better able to understand their progress and has the fun of training too.
A powerful throw called "Spin Around" drops
Phelps - Sensei's
partner straight back to the ground.
Jerry R. Phelps - Sensei is an accomplished martial artist in several styles of Budo, including ISSHIN RYU KARATE, BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU and NIHON GOSHIN AIKIDO.
has been dedicated to the study of Budo
(Warrior's ways ) for well over 20 years.
has devoted his
life to training and teaching.
Because of this his
students consistently meet the highest standards of the martial arts world.
outstanding skill and dedication have earned him the respect of his
peers in the Western New York martial arts community and around the country, as well as among NY State law enforcement agencies, with whom he
has generously donated his
time for training clinics and seminars.
Phelps - Sensei founded the art in 2003 after realizing that there were shortcomings in the individual components of his previous training.
He understood, however that the best parts would integrate well into a more evolved and complete system designed for the serious martial arts student.
As founder and chief instructor of the NGJA, Mr. Phelps wanted to create an association free from politics and the restrictions found in so many other organizations.
wanted students and instructors to work together for a better training experience.
Nihon Goshinjutsu Aikido can compliment any martial art.
Phelps - Sensei has just "blended" out of the way of a hard "roundhouse" punch.
now controls his
"uke" ( partner ) with a powerful shoulder lock called Pivot Take Down.
Uke's arm towards the floor, the uke must flip down to the mat.
will be okay though. he
"Ukemi" skills, and everyone in the dojo trains carefully so to not cause injuries.
Jerry R. Phelps, Sensei
Founder of NIHON GOSHINJUTSU AIKIDO ASSOCIATION
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HISTORY OF NIHON GOSHINJUTSU AIKIDO
Nihon Goshinjutsu Aikido's soukensha (founder) Jerry R. Phelps
- Sensei began his
martial arts training at age 14 in the art of Isshin Ryu Karate, which he
studied diligently for five and a half years under the instruction of John Overton - Shihan(professor or great teacher) at World Fighting Arts in Buffalo, NY.
Phelps - Sensei enjoyed his training and had great respect for the art, yet he felt that something was missing from his training.
did not know what was lacking, but he
had to look elsewhere to resolve the shortcomings to his
Phelps - Sensei started his training in the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido on Feb. 15th , 1991 under the instruction of Robert B. MacEwen Jr. - Sensei at the Aikido School of Self Defense in Middletown, NY.
Phelps - Sensei was amazed, and knew he had found what had been missing from his previous training; the control that NGA provides over an opponent.
was just not blocking and counter striking with hopes of hurting an attacker, It was joint locking, throwing and submission hold techniques, as well as striking and modern weapon disarming techniques.
Phelps - Sensei loved his new found art.
life to training and perfecting the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido.
After four years of training five days per week, MacEwen - Sensei awarded Mr. Phelps his Sho-dan ( first degree black belt) in January 1995.
Shortly thereafter Phelps - Sensei quit his job as a New York State Corrections Officer, and moved to Buffalo, NY to open his first dojo (school).
Classes began on February 15th, 1995.
Phelps - Sensei taught as well as trained for years, regularly attending black belt classes in Middletown, NY under Robert MacEwen Jr. - Sensei.
Jerry Phelps - Sensei loved Nihon Goshin Aikido, but as his skills began to truly blossom he again began to feel that something was missing in his training, but this time he knew what it was.
It was grappling: the ability to defend oneself if taken to the ground.
Phelps - Sensei considered this to be a weakness in his arsenal of self-defense skills.
knew that this had to be corrected.
Knowing that the most renowned grapplers in the world were the Gracies, and their art; Gracie Jiu-Jitsu had become the most well known grappling system, Mr. Phelps
wanted only to train with the Gracie family of instructors themselves.
However, since the school was in Torrance, California Phelps - Sensei made the decision, in 1999, to start in a long distance learning program, under the instruction of Rorion Gracie.
After about five years of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Phelps - Sensei had become extremely proficient in the art.
Over the years, he
was continually challenged.
The challenges came from wrestlers, judo practitioners and jiu-jitsu practitioners from other styles of jiu-jitsu, none were successful, Phelps - Sensei never lost a match.
Phelps - Sensei was finally comfortable that his arsenal of self-defense skills was becoming complete.
On November 23rd, 2003, Robert MacEwen Jr. - Sensei promoted Mr. Phelps - Sensei to San-dan (third degree black belt) in Nihon Goshin Aikido, a six dan system.
Jerry R. Phelps - Sensei founded the system after more than 22 years of training in the martial arts.
had come to the conclusion that no one of the three different martial arts that he
had studied was complete unto itself.
took what he
felt were the best striking and Karate techniques from Isshin Ryu Karate and combined them with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Nihon Goshin Aikido techniques to form what may be THE most effective and well rounded martial art in existence.
Nihon Goshinjutsu Aikido incorporates all of the most effective principles of the above arts plus the most practical and safe modern weapon disarming techniques, for hand gun, long gun (rifle or shotgun) knife, club, or blunt objects.
Jerry R. Phelps - Sensei is highly respected and sought after as an instructor in the martial arts community, from coast to coast.
outstanding skills and dedication to the pursuit of perfection and truth in martial arts is what drove him to create this new and highly effective style of Aikido