John C. Goss, Jr.

John C. Goss, Jr

John C. Goss, Jr. has been a martial arts practitioner since 1968. He holds the rank of Shichidan (7th degree black belt) and Shihan in Korindo Aikido, and holds a Shidoin teaching license from the Aikikai Foundation. He is currently recognized as the highest ranking Korindo Aikido instructor actively teaching in the United States.

John Goss was introduced to Hanbo-jutsu in 1968, through Okinawan Karate's Kobu-jutsu. In 1974 he was introduced to a different system of Hanbo with the weapons work of Korindo Aikido. Mr. Goss is known for his unique style of Hanbowaza, which blends the fluidity and connective energy of Aikido with the dynamics of Okinawan Karate's Kobu-jutsu. He is the author of Hanbo: The Aiki Way.

In 1997, Mr. Goss became a direct student of Katsuyuki Kondo, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hombucho. He received authorization to conduct classes in mainline Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu in 1998. Mr. Goss also traveled to Japan on several occasions to study at the Nihon Korinkai, the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hombu Dojo mainline, and the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. He has been instrumental in the dissemination of both Korindo Aikido and mainline Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu in the United States. Mr. Goss is currently the Chief Instructor of Aiki Martial Arts Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

Hanbo: The Aiki Way, published by Imaginator Press

An Interview with John Goss: Aikido Politics and the Growth of Korindo in America

Photos of Goss Sensei training at the Korinkai dojo in Japan, circa 1993

2002 Hanbo Demo Video Clip (QT 2.8 Mb)

2003 Hanbo Demo Video Clip (QT 635 Kb)

Video reproduced with permission of Aikido Journal.

For more information about classes in Aikido, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, or Hanbo, visit the Aiki Martial Arts Institute web site or call 410-420-3408