About Aikido

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969) which utilises strikes (atemi waza), joint locks (kansetsu waza) and throws to neutralise an attack with a degree of control unique to Aikido. Such control allows an attacker to be restrained by way of good technique, power and timing, rather than brute strength and bone-breaking.

Professor Kenji Tomiki (1900-1979) studied AIkido for many years under Ueshiba, eventually obtaining the rank of 9th dan. Drawing on ideas developed by Jigoro Kano in his formulation of modern Kodokan Judo (Tomiki was also awarded 8th dan in Judo), he subsequently developed a well-structured syllabus and training methods for Aikido, as well as introducing a competitive sporting element (randori) so common Aikido techniques could be practiced safely in an unpredictable situation. Despite what some say, Ueshiba himself never disapproved of Tomiki’s development of sport Aikido.

Tomiki eventually estabilished the Shodokan Hombu Dojo in 1967 as the headquarters of his Aikido system. Shodokan Aikido continues to develop and evolve to this day, under the technical directorship of Tetsuro Nariyama Shian


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