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(Español) The Sporting Way of Kenji Tomiki by Paul Wildish

1. Judo and Aikido Kenji Tomiki came to his long and distinguished aikido career, like so many others of his generation from a solid and committed background in judo, stretching back to his days at elementary school in Akita Prefecture. … Continue reading

A tribute to Kenji Tomiki sensei and Hideo Oba sensei, by Dr. Ah Loi Lee

After more than 46 years of practise and study I have decided to articulate my new and better understanding, and my admiration, on the genius of Kenji Tomiki Sensei 8th Dan Judo, 8th Dan Aikido and his trusted aide Hideo … Continue reading

Attaining the State of Mushin by Takuan Soho

Extracted from “The Miracle of Immovable Wisdom” Takuan Soho 1573-1645, Zen master The mind of mushin (no mind) is similar to honshin, the original mind. It does not harden or stop, and it contains no thoughts or judg ments. It … Continue reading

The dojo opening of Shodokan Honbu

Shodoho No.15 15th July , 2005 On May 29th, 2005 a ceremony was held to commemorate the expansion of Shodokan Honbu dojo. Honbu dojo, which was previously 81 tatami mats in size, has added 45 more mats. Construction started in … Continue reading

Aikido and Injuries Report by Fumiaki Shishida

This section of the complete thesis was printed in the Nihon Budo Gakkai Gakujutsushi. (Scientific Journal of Japanese Martial Arts Studies) was published in Volume 21, No. 1, 1988. The bibliography has been omitted. Waseda University Professor Fumiaki Shishida Chapter … Continue reading

Depending on the opponent what is the most effective way to use sumiotoshi? by Yamagata sensei.

Shodoho, vol 5. 25th February 2001 The waza, sumiotoshi, is done by grabbing hold of your opponent’s hand and/or arm and forcing him off balance by quickly bringing the opponent’s hand to the point behind the opponent’s body where in … Continue reading

(Español) Hideo Ohba Biography by Fumiaki Shishida

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Jujutsu, by Jigoro Kano and T. Lindsay, 1887

(Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, Volume 15) In feudal times in Japan, there were various military arts and exercises which the samurai classes were trained and fitted for their special form of warfare. Amongst these was the art … Continue reading

Randori: How to enjoy it. By Alan Higgs

Shodoho  No.10 15th August, 2003 Randori is not shiai. It is a chance to practice with a partner in situations when the partner resists (sensibly and safely of course !!) or does something unexpected, forcing the players to think of … Continue reading

In Memory of Two Aikido Brothers, by Tetsuro Nariyama

[Thoughts of bygone days with these two Aikido Brothers] [Tetsuro Nariyama Shihan , Japan Aikido Association] The two, Nakai Sensei and Shingo Koshiyama sensei, who were my dependable and honored seniors as well as irreplaceable supporters to me having taken … Continue reading

A lesson about randori from the experience of Judo, by Alan Higgs

Shodoho No.12 06th March , 2004 Tomiki sensei many times had mentioned that Aikido, especially the type that we practice at Shodokan, is the part of ancient Japanese budo that modern judo has left out of its randori and its … Continue reading

Crónica del seminario de Scott Allbright, Julio 2005. Por Jorge López

Málaga, 1-3 julio 2005 He recibido varios emails pidiendo información sobre como fue el seminario. En vez de contestar a cada uno ha preferido hacer un relato y mandarlo a todo el mundo. Son sólo mis experiencias y mis puntos … Continue reading

Crónica del seminario de Jon Cameron, Diciembre 2006. Por Jorge López

Jon vino a Málaga el jueves 9 de diciembre a las 20 horas desde Bristol. Aunque vive en Trowbridge, al haber ahora un vuelo directo desde Bristol (¡bendita easyjet!) y estar a solo 40 minutos de su casa optó por … Continue reading

Crónica del seminario Nariyama shihan, agosto 2006. Por Jorge López

A las 7 de la mañana del martes 15, Juan Carlos y yo recogimos en su hotel (H. California) a Nariyama shihan y sus deshis: Sato, Sakai, Sugano y nuestro amigo Jon Cameron. Partían hacia Ginebra para un reunión esa  … Continue reading

For the recognition of Shodokan Aikido, by Jon Cameron

This document discusses the history and nature of Shodokan Aikido focussing on competitive aspect not seen in other styles. It demonstrates that Shodokan Aikido is significantly different and should be recognised in its own right. Historical background Shodokan Aikido was … Continue reading

Reflections of the Kansai Student Aikido Tournament and suggestions for the International Aikido Tournament, by Tetsuro Nariyama

Este artículo fue publicado en Shodoho nº 18, 26-11-2006 The 26th Kansai Student Aikido Tournament was held on June 11, 2006 and like every year it was a very intense tournament full of youth and vigor. However I would like … Continue reading

Belt colors and ranking tradition by Don Cunningham

Legend and myth have flourished along with the practice of martial arts, such as judo and karate, since the beginning. Yet, there seems to be no greater lore than that associated with the near-mystical origins of the coveted black belt. … Continue reading

The Judo Rank System

In the days before Kano created Judo, there was no kyu/dan ranking system in the martial arts. A more traditional method of recognizing achievement was the presentation of certificates or scrolls, often with the secrets of the school inscribed. Kano … Continue reading

Waseda University Aikido Club

1. The Rationale for Founding Waseda Aikido Team: Kenji Tomiki’s Philosophical Principles and Plans as the First President Waseda University Aikido Club was founded in April, 1958. Thus realizing the ideas of the first chief, Kenji Tomiki-shihan, whose viewpoint of … Continue reading

Kenji Tomiki, by Yoji Kondo

Kenji Tomiki (1900–1979) Tomiki ryu Aikido is the system developed by and named after the late Professor Kenji Tomiki.  Before recounting his outstanding career in martial arts and his association with two of the most prominent men in martial arts … Continue reading

Interview with Kenji Tomiki, by Stanley Pranin

Kenji Tomiki Sensei (1900-1979) This interview with Professor Kenji Tomiki was conducted on January 4, 1974 at Waseda University in Tokyo. Editor: Sensei, would you be kind enough to tell us about your first involvement in the study of martial … Continue reading

Artículos y biografías

Se ha añadido nuevas secciones de biografías y artículos, muchos en inglés. Continue reading

Competitive aikido, by Kenji Tomiki

In Japan from long ago there were martial arts such as jujitsu where one could ward off an attack empty handed. There are 179 schools documented. There were many kinds of techniques that catered for all sorts of situations but … Continue reading

A report on the Contents of the Instructors Seminar Training, by Sakai sensei (2002)

September 2002 issue Report on the Contents of the Instructors Seminar Training The JAA Instructors Seminar held on 27, 28 July, was a seminar on Aikido theory and practice and was attended by instructors of all divisions. One of the … Continue reading

A Historical Study of Competitive Aikido, by Fumiaki Shishida

A Historical Study of Competitive Aikido : the Developmental Process of Randori Method, The Annual Report of Physical Education 33 : 17-27, 2001 Preface It has been 32 years since the beginning of the history of competitive aikido at the … Continue reading

Counter techniques against Judo: the process of forming Aikido in 1930s, by Fumiaki Shishida

This article will clarify the process of forming aikido in 1930s through analyzing Ueshiba’s 147 counter techniques against judo. This analysis based upon Takeshita’s notes Kon, which were written between spring 1930 and winter 1931. The Kon is a 252-page … Continue reading

The Process of Forming Aikido and Japanese Imperial Navy Admiral Isamu Takeshita: Through the analysis of Takeshita’s diary from 1925 to 1931, by Fumiaki Shishida

The Process of Forming Aikido and Japanese Imperial Navy Admiral Isamu Takeshita: Through the analysis of Takeshita’s diary from 1925 to 1931 Fumiaki Shishida (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan) Abstract : From this study, that Aikido did not appear out of … Continue reading

Aikido, by Fumiaki Shihida

Aikido El Aikido es un arte marcial japonés que incluye técnicas para el combate con manos libres, usando armas, y enfrentando a un contrincante armado. Fue promovido por todo Japón por Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). El Aikido es conocido por sus … Continue reading

Fond Memories of Professor Tomiki, by Senji Tanaka

My first encounter with my beloved late Professor Kenji Tomiki was in April of 1958, after my most fortunate admission to Waseda University. I was searching for the most suitable sport for participation throughout the upcoming four years. I honestly … Continue reading

The Nature of Modern Martial Arts, by Kenji Tomiki

This essay has been edited with the help of Fumiaki Shishida of the Japan Aikido Association from tapes made during Aiki News interviews with Kenji Tomiki Shihan in 1979. Tomiki describes the evolution of the martial arts and stresses the … Continue reading

Los orígenes del aikido competitivo (principios del judo) por Shodokan honbu

Jigoro Kano investigó y preservó los principios básicos de los estilos antiguos del jujitsu dentro de las kata de judo. Kenji Tomiki dedicó su vida a la búsqueda y la práctica del budo y usó las ideas de Jigoro Kano … Continue reading

El sistema de prática del aikido, por Kenji Tomiki

1. La armonía del conocimiento, emoción y pensamiento es importante para la gente de hoy en día y la educación de hoy la es cultivada de esta forma. No es necesario decir, que la razón principal para que Japón sea … Continue reading

Enseñanzas de Kenji Tomiki Shihan: arte y espíritu, por Nariyama shihan

Este artículo fue escrito por Tetsuro Nariyama Shihan en Marzo de 1992, trece años después de la muerte de su profesor Kenji Tomiki Shihan. Era la tarde de la víspera de la Navidad de 1979. Yo estaba en el Hospital … Continue reading

Inscription on the tombstone of Kenji Tomiki Shihan

Here lies Master Kenji Tomiki(1900-1979), Founder of Competitive Aikido. He was an 8th degree black belt in Aikido and the founder of the Japan Aikido Association, as well as an 8th degree black belt in Judo and senior instructor at … Continue reading

Interview with Tetsuro Nariyama by Stalin Pranin

Tetsuro Nariyama Born 1947 in Yamagata Prefecture. Entered Kokushikan University in 1966. Met Kenji Tomiki there. After graduation, he devoted himself to aikido training under Tomiki and Hirokazu Kobayashi. Now teaches in the budo section of the physical education department … Continue reading

On Jujutsu and its Modernization by Kenji Tomiki

There are many kinds of Budo (martial arts) in Japan. In recent history, kendo and judo have been the major ones and, as Gakko Budo–martial arts systems taught as part of the PE curricula–they have been required courses in schools, … Continue reading

Fundamental Principles of Judo by Kenji Tomiki

In 1956 when the following was first published Kenji Tomiki was 7th dan Judo, 8th dan Aikido, Professor of Judo at Waseda University, a member of the Kodokan’s Special Direction Committee, and an official of the All Japan Judo Federation. … Continue reading

Tomiki Theory of the Aikido Competition, by Oomori sensei (JAA Shodokan)

Tomiki Kenji structured his aikido (the way of harmony with Ki) competition theory based on his wide coverage of understanding the skill and philosophical aspects of budo (martial way), of which he acquired through his technical experience in judo and … Continue reading

The Dawn of Tomiki Aikido by Seiji Tanaka

First of all, I would like to explain how, where and why Tomiki Aikido started. It goes back to the month of April, 1958 when Waseda University approved our Aikido Club as an officially sanctioned sport club (called “Undo Bu” … Continue reading

Morihei Ueshiba y Kenji Tomiki, por Stanley Pranin

Kenji Tomiki (1900-1979) Entre los muchos discípulos distinguidos de Morihei Ueshiba, el fundador del aikido, Kenji Tomiki resalta por su estatura intelectual y su destreza en articular la racionalización ética e histórica del arte. Considerando que el fundador veía la … Continue reading

Kenji Tomiki: “The Second Jigoro Kano” by Stanley Pranin

Publicado por Stanley Pranin, editor de Aikido Journal,  que conoció personalmente y entrevistó a Tomiki shihan Kenji Tomiki (1900-1979) Among the many distinguished disciples of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, Kenji Tomiki stands out for his intellectual stature and … Continue reading