Tomiki Aikido uses competition to research technical application of aikido principles in a controlled environment that leads to an indispensable and highly- prized. Kenji Tomiki was born on March 15, in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture. He began to learn under the Morihei Ueshiba in and was also. Hi everyone, I was hoping you could help me out with something: I’ve come across a place very close to me that teaches Tomiki Aikido – From.

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User Name Remember Me? Hi everyone, I was hoping you could help me out with something: I’ve come across a place very close to me that teaches Tomiki Aikjdo – From what I can gather, it has some elements that other schools of Aikido do not, such as sparring and even competition some similarities to Judo???

I’m not looking for competition or anything, but the sparring element sounds like an interesting and effective way to gauge my skill level romiki I progressed a bit if I decided to learn it. However, I read somewhere that O’Sensei did not approve of this style of Aikido Does Tomiki style Aikido maintain the philosophy of peace and harmony? If someone could give this novice the lowdown it would be much appreciated Thanks, Tomii.

Ah, I intended to post this in “General Discussion”, feel free to move it if not appropriate here. The competition element is not profound in the United States as it is in Europe and other countries.

Tomiki shihan combined the elements of Aikido and Judo and felt that Judo’s competition element was what Aikido needed. I am commenting based on what I read of the man and what I am being taught. I believe you are right, O Sensei did not approve of this idea that Aikido is competitive. I would go and workout with them and embrace them. You might find that it helps you understand a different approach to an attack or learn how to counter strike.

It is still Aikido and there is no mistaking that. Where did they learn and by whom were they instructed? These are important questions to ask because there are a lot of Tomiki schools teaching based on books are someone who saw someone perform these techniques. I also understand that it is a rare treat to be taught by someone who was Tomiki’s student.

I have that honor and have received one on one training with a shihan for about a year and a half. I am grateful and am blessed for this. I am still with him and our class is building. I say go and introduce yourself and get on the mat. I would be willing to talk with you at more length if you would like.


I have been associated loosely with Tomiki Aikido since My current training partner in Ohio is a 50 year Tomiki practitioner. He instills peace and harmony in all he does in life.

Such teaching is really an individual practice, even if a school’s doctrine claims such goals. It is about what people in a dojo practice rather that what is written in the doctrine. Knife rondori is a fun way of challenging one’s self with sport competition.

But, IMO, it is limited. Attacks must be linear no room for Kali or Silat angles of attack. The practice develops decent timing. I suggest you work technique to the point that it does not degrade too much when put under pressure as sport competition tends to do.

Also, ask them how much time tomki spend on san kata in relation to the other katas within the discipline. You may get the rondori competition bug and prefer the latter. But knowing the Dojo master’s training plan before you commit time and money may be of benefit to you. He who is possessed by nothing possesses everything. Camejo’s homepage Find More Posts by L. Thanks for the replies everyone, they helped a lot.

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Larry – The Dojo you posted the link for is indeed the one I was referring to. It’s good to know that it’s a reputable school, and I’ll be sure to check it out in the near future.

I’ll post back here when I do and let you know what I decide to end up doing I really do like the look of this place I’ve checked out a couple of other Aikido Dojo’s, but their style didn’t feel “martial enough” for me right now, they all seemed like great people though so hopefully it will turn out well.

I am a Tomiki Aikido instructor here in Tampa, Fl. Tomiki Aikido has all tachi waza etc like the other styles.

However, we also have Ne Waza ground workShime Waza chokesReversals and counters, Kansetsu Waza arm bars and we do mat randori as well as standing. We do have peace and harmony but I’d rather think of it as “Piece and Harmony”you attack me and I am going to get a “piece” if not a smorgasboard of you and I will have perfect harmony while you won’t.

Tomiki aikido is a blast because it fomiki a little further than the other traditional styles. I work with all styles, and respect them.


Have fun and learn. Hey, so I checked out the place that was posted above and, to be honest, it didn’t really seem like the best fit for me. I’ve decided to train for a while at a very small, personal Dojo, learning Iwama style Aikido.


I had my first class yesterday morning and really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the instructor is a really chilled out guy who seems to know what he’s doing – It felt right. Thanks again for the replies, I just thought I’d let you all know what I decided to do in regards to this.

Haha, I just ate my words I ended up actually participating in a class at the Tomiki Style Dojo this morning and found it really, really good. It’s close to home and the price is right Just goes to show, it never hurts to try. Thanks for all the replies.

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