The Unique Japanese Breathing Technique

The Nishino

Breathing Method ®

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The Nishino 

Breathing Method®

Discover the power of conscious breathing 

with the Nishino Breathing Method 

– a groundbreaking approach that activates all the cells in your body, 

promoting greater health, inner peace, and vitality. 

By harnessing the energy of your breath, 

you can transform your own life and ultimately create a better world for all.

The Nishino Breathing Method® 

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🔳Announcing the release of the e-book edition for the Nishino Breathing Method Training Manual with Videos of All Exercises! Dive into the transformative world of breathwork now, available on at a special launch price of $3.99. Secure your digital copy and embark on a journey of conscious breathing!

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🔳 Ms. Renkei Hashimoto, a renowed Zen Shakuhachi player who resides in Munich, Germany,  is now recognized as a Certified Senior Instructor authorized to teach Nishino Breathing Method under the Certified Organization of the Nishino Method Headquarters in December, 2023.   Her two schools will start in Munich and Nuremberg in Germany in February,  2024.

Nishino Germany-Munich

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024

Time: 15:30-17:30


Itchoken-Komuso-Shakuhachi Center Daijifukai-Dojo

Waldhauserstrasse 1A, 82547 Eurasburg, Germany

Nishino Germany-Nuremberg

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2024

Time: 17:30-19:30


School for Yoga and Ayurveda Annette Thiemann

Löbleinstraße 29/RG, 90409 Nuremberg, Germany

Experience the unique Japanese  breathing technique different from Yoga, Tai chi, Pilates, meditation, Aikido, Karate, etc!

For inquiries, please contact by e-mail.

Taiki Ki Energy Enhancing Practice with Partner

How to Practice

🔳 Sokushin Breathing

"Sokushin Breathing" is a unique breathing technique in the Nishino Breathing Method, in which one inhales through the nose with the image of taking in energy from the soles of the feet (sokushin) and exhales through the mouth with the image of releasing energy from the soles of the feet, while consciously circulating the breath throughout the whole body.

A Joyful Path

Jonathan Stockdale, Ph.D.

Certified Senior Instructor Candidate

Professor of Religion, Spirituality, and Society 

University of Puget Sound 

Resides in Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.

When I was a young teenager, I became deeply interested in two things:  martial arts and Asian philosophy.  I loved the cultivation of the body that the martial arts provided, and I loved even the simple word “dojo” (道場) – a place for the practice of “the Way.”  Whatever “the Way” was, I loved the idea that there were physical spaces where you could practice it using your body.

As a teenager, I was also deeply curious about stories I read about ancient martial arts masters who demonstrated remarkable feats and possessed a kind of invisible power called qi, or ki.  Whenever there was a martial arts demonstration in my hometown of Seattle I would try to attend, and if there was a chance to ask questions afterward, I would always ask “what about qi or ki?”  But no-one seemed to have an answer, or if they did, they weren’t interested in sharing it with me.  So, I started on my path in the martial arts, first studying Chinese kung-fu and then, while studying abroad in Japan during college, switching over to aikido.  I wasn’t sure I would ever find answers to my questions about invisible power—or if the answers even existed—but at least I could keep training my body and practicing “the Way.”

Over time, I realized that most people in the martial arts world have little or no idea about what ki is, and even if they do have an idea, very few have a palpable experience of ki. Finally, however, in my twenties, I found what I had been searching for:  I began training with an aikido teacher in the U.S who had a deep understanding of breath power, and who remains my teacher to this day.  I owe a deep debt of gratitude to him for introducing me to the reality and the power of Ki energy.  And I learned something unexpected at his dojo that has remained true throughout all my experiences at the Nishino Breathing Method Headquarters:  wherever there is Ki energy flowing strongly, there is also great laughter and deep joy.

Aikido involves practicing with a partner, so it’s not something you can easily do by yourself.  So, when I was back in Japan during graduate school, a friend who knew I was interested in Ki energy gave me a book by someone named Kōzō Nishino, which included instructions on how to cultivate Ki energy through breathing exercises that you can practice on your own.  I read the book and began practicing the exercises for a few months, until it dawned on me that I could just visit the Tokyo headquarters of the Nishino Breathing Method and see first-hand what the book was talking about.  So, in 2000, I paid my membership fee and walked into the Tokyo Nishino headquarters dojo for the first time.

Needless to say, I was blown away, mentally and physically, and I was overjoyed.  Watching Master Nishino do taiki with students was kind of like watching a drama unfold, or like watching a great choreographer at work.  His students would receive a profound exchange of Ki energy, and through the alchemy of that interaction, you could see some of the students’ own unique talents shining forth:  it was clear that some were dancers, or gymnasts, or singers, or martial artists, each receiving Ki energy in their own unique way.  It seemed that the experience of taiki with Master Nishino touched people at the very core of their being.  It was incredible to see and to experience, as well as mysterious, and unforgettable.

At the same time, I’ve always felt that in every century there are a few miraculous people who walk the earth, which is exactly what I had read about in books as a teenager.  So, while it felt amazing to be in Master Nishino’s presence, the fact of his existence itself didn’t surprise me.  The real question remained:  can those incredible people who walk the earth transmit their abilities to others?  What truly surprised me were all the Shidōin (指導員)—the instructors who led the classes under Master Nishino.  They were ordinary-seeming people, men and women, some older, some younger, all of whom possessed extraordinary breath power, who could send me flying across the room while barely moving a muscle.  This is what ultimately amazed me and continues to amaze me about the Nishino Breathing Method:  not just that one incredibly talented human could develop the method, but that he could transmit it to so many “ordinary” instructors, who are each filled with their own unique reservoir of powerful Ki energy.

I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the instructors and students of the Nishino Breathing Method in Japan, who keep the teachings alive and who work tirelessly to make the teachings available to everyone.  As I continue to train with my dear teachers whenever I am able at the Nishino Breathing Method, Tokyo Headquarters, I hope that I will continue to learn one millionth of what Master Nishino knew, and one thousandth of what the instructors understand.  No matter how little or how much I develop, however, it’s a joyful path to be on.

Breathing Becomes a Training of the “One Note”

Renkei Hashimoto

Certified Senior Instructor

Director, Nishino Munich and Nuremberg, Germany

Zen Shakuhachi Player

Resides in Munich, Germany

After receiving a scholarship and planning to study abroad in Germany for one year, I ended up staying there for over 40 years.  Zen Shakuhachi is not well known in Japan, but for some reason, I have been teaching Zen Shakuhachi in Germany for years and pursued the sound of Shakuhachi that resonates with the human heart, transcending identity.

The essence of Komusō Shakuhachi is simply in breathing, and it has been traditionally practiced beyond time as a ritual instrument for training the lower abdomen Tanden as a breathing method, rather than just a musical instrument. 

Breathing becomes a training of the “one note,” where the breath and the sound of bamboo are intertwined and one cannot exist without the other, abandoning one's own thoughts and considerations.  While it may be difficult to understand intellectually, the more you practice, the more you are shown an endless path and often feel the limits of your own ability.  However, at the same time, there is always a desire to pursue it as long as you live.

The encounter with the Nishino Breathing Method has shed further light on my heart in such circumstances.  The Nishino Breathing Method and the breathing method of Zen Shakuhachi have a common foundation, and there is a lot to learn, such as what it means for the body to relax and how the vibrant energy practiced through the sound of bamboo is released.

Furthermore, as I continue my practice, I also notice the positive impact it has on my daily life.  I feel lighter both in mind and body, and I hope to deepen my understanding and practice of the breathing techniques in the future. 

I also have a strong desire to introduce the Nishino Breathing Method to fellow practitioners of the challenging and demanding practice of Komusō Shakuhachi in Europe.  I am convinced that the Nishino Breathing Method contributes to a healthier body and increased physical endurance.

Under the guidance of the Head Coaches at the Headquarters, I will continue to deepen my practice and hope to spread the benefits to people in Germany.


Where infinite Ki energy abounds...

Yoshihiro Kitamura, M.D.

Director & Chief Head Coach

The Nishino Method Headquarters

The Nishino Breathing Method (“Nishino” for short), a pioneering technique, was independently developed by founder Kōzō Nishino (1926-2021), drawing from his personal experience and inspirations from Western medicine and ballet, as well as Eastern martial arts. ..

Since the establishment of Nishino Juku, the main training center for the Nishino Breathing Method in 1985, over a million individuals, including those from overseas, have visited for training.  They range from beginners to long-time practitioners with over 30 years of experience, including some near the age of 100 who still continue to practice enthusiastically.

Nishino distinguishes itself from other breathing techniques with its inherent simplicity.  Compared to traditional or ascetic practices, which normally require long years of severe or tough training, Nishino offers a conduit to immediately begin to experience and cultivate Ki energy, or life force.  Furthermore, the more one engages with the practice, the deeper the understanding and appreciation become, leading to enhanced comfort and depth of experience.  The essence of Nishino lies in “building a powerful life and future with your own power through the right practice.”  Post-training, there is an unparalleled sense of fulfillment and richness in life, rendering Nishino a unique and valuable practice.

The Nishino Method Headquarters, the official inheritor of the Nishino Breathing Method, was established in Shibuya, the birthplace of the technique, in August 2022.  The Headquarters aims to further spread the Nishino Breathing Method throughout Japan and the world.

We provide the best circumstances to learn Nishino in the fastest and most effective way.  I hope that this book will serve as an easy guide for you to understand and experience this amazing technique.