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09-25-2009, 01:56 PM
Hella great. And his methods are one of the most important lines of aikido in the modern world. So I think he definitely belongs among the Big Ten.
Even when most aikidoka plainly laugh at Shodokan big time in Spain. The best thing you would hear here is "that" that is NOT Aikido.

Sad but true. How is it anywhere else in the world?

09-26-2009, 06:44 AM
Even when most aikidoka plainly laugh at Shodokan big time in Spain. The best thing you would hear here is "that" that is NOT Aikido.

Sad but true. How is it anywhere else in the world?
I think that is more a reflection of Spanish Aikido than Shodokan Aikido.

Have fun

09-26-2009, 10:33 AM
The development of aikido in Spain occured chiefly under french influence, and in both countries the general opinion follows the aikikai party line on many subjects, including how Shodokan aikido is perceived.

09-26-2009, 11:25 AM
Greetings All,

This should help you with Tomiki Shihan.

15th March 1900
Kenji Tomiki was born in the town of Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture. He was the eldest son of Shosuke and Tatsu Tomiki. When he was about 6 years old he began wielding a wooden sword. At the age of about 10, after entering the local primary school, he joined the town's judo club.

He entered the Prefectural Yokote Junior High School. He was active in the judo club and, on graduating from school, was awarded prizes for excellence in both academics and physical education. In November 1919 he received his 1st dan in judo. After graduation he became ill and took three and a half years to recover. During this time he received encouragement and support from his uncle Hyakusui Hirafuku who was a famous artist.

He entered the Political Economics Department of Waseda University. This was the golden age of the Waseda Judo Club and he was famous for his brilliant judo skills. He was the secretary of the Student Judo Association in Tokyo and had the pleasure of meeting Jigoro Kano of Kodokan who had a great influence on him.

He met Daitoryu Aikijujitsu's Morihei Ueshiba in the autumn. He was fascinated by Ueshiba's techniques and joined his classes. Later Ueshiba started his own style and changed the name to Aikido. Tomiki's lifelong aikido training had begun.

Whilst working for the Department Of Electricity in Miyagi Prefecture, he was chosen to represent the prefecture in the first tournament in front of the Emperor (the All Japan Tournament began from this in the following year).

He returned to his home town and took up a post at the Kakunodate Junior High School. He met Hideo Oba (formerly Tozawa) who began a lifelong effort to help Tomiki realise his budo ideals. Nine years later, he left and moved to Tokyo living near to Ueshiba so that he could study aikibudo.

He moved to Manchukuo (the japanese pre-war puppet state in Manchuria) as a teacher at the Daido Institute. He taught aikibudo to the Kanton army and the Imperial Household Agency.

He became an assistant professor at Kenkoku University in Manchukuo. He taught aikibudo as part of the regular curriculum and gave lectures on budo.

He received the world's first aikido 8th dan from Ueshiba and began his research into modernising aikido. Every summer for the next 4 years he instructed senior grades at Kodokan on a committee that researched into techniques where there is some distance between the two participants.

He continued to work on his ideas for budo during his detention in Siberia after the defeat of Japan in World War II.

Together with Sumiyuki Kotani and Tadao Otaki he went to America as part of a judo delegation to instruct the U.S. Airforce in 15 states.

He became a professor at Waseda University and headed the university's Physical Education department. He published 'Judo Taiso'.

He published a book in English called 'Judo with Aikido' which was later called 'Judo and Aikido'; the French edition was published in 1960. This helped bring aikido to the West.

He founded the Waseda University Aikido Club and became the club's first director. He published 'Aikido Nyumon' which is still in print today. From about this time he made progress in his research into competitive aikido.

He became head of the department coinciding with the start of a special course in physical education. He published 'Shin Aikido Text' (The New Aikido Textbook).

He opened the Shodokan dojo as the first dojo exclusively for research into aikido.

He retired from Waseda University, published 'Taiiku To Budo' (Physical Education and Budo), and presided over the first All Japan Student Aikido Tournament. The foundations for competitive aikido had been laid.

He received 8th dan in Kodokan Judo.

The Japan Aikido Association was founded with Tomiki as the first president.

He became the Vice President of the Budo Society of Japan.

The Shodokan dojo was established in Osaka as the central dojo of the Japan Aikido Association with Tomiki as director.

In the spring he visited Australia at the invitation of the Australian Aikido Association.

He died on 25th December 1979, aged 79 years.

This will guide you for any further info to Shodokan,
http://homepage2.nifty.com/shodokan (http://homepage2.nifty.com/shodokan/en/profile1.html)

Train well,


Ellis Amdur
09-26-2009, 12:30 PM
Rising Sun Publications http://www.risingsunproductions.net/has released a series of archival films of Hal Sharp - judo in the 1950's. There are a number of videotapes of the greatest judoka of the period. Simply brilliant. In one of them (I do not recall which), there is a film of Tomiki sensei present the Kodokan Goshinjutsu kata for, I believe, the first time to the Kodokan. This could be considered the adaptation of aikido within judo. Tomiki is ferociously powerful.
Caveat - I do not recall which of the many videos Tomiki is on. But all of them, despite some doubling of film clips in various DVD, are more than worthwhile.
Ellis Amdur

09-26-2009, 02:17 PM
I'm not sure I appreciate opening a thread on my behalf under my name without even consulting me.

09-26-2009, 02:41 PM
I'm not sure I appreciate opening a thread on my behalf under my name without even consulting me.
At the moment, I have no other means of splitting threads when significant topic-drift occurs; your post started an entirely different topic from the topic discussed in the thread "The Big Ten" (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16880).

If you wish to discuss this further, please start a new thread in the Feedback forum. Thank you.

-- Jun

Michael Phillips
10-01-2009, 02:50 PM
Mr Alejandro,

I travel all over the world and compare the aikido I see and feel. Regardless of the politics involved I have been impressed with the Shodokan aikido I've experienced. They are especially strong and well respected in the UK. Frankly, you want to experience the best taisabaki the greater aikido community can muster, go to a strong JAA dojo. They have taken effective evasion and timing to an amazing level. Also, executing aikido against a resisting partner is a completely different experience than the cooperative training so common in the other aikido lines.

FWIW, I used to look cross-eyed at Tomiki competition, thinking it a silly exercise. So, a JAA friend challenged me to give it a go. I decided to attend a JAA competition with him in the UK supremely confident my Yoshinkan experience had prepared me for what I would find there. I was wrong and walked out of that venue with a new respect for the JAA. The speed and difficulty was far above what I had ever experienced in regular aikido training. To this day I still practice taisabaki drills I learned from Tetsuro Nariyama sensei during that event.

If an aikidoka in Spain laughs at a JJA competitor, I suggest they go out and try it themselves. Tell them to put their technique and reputation on the line. They'll be humbled and stop laughing. I know I did.

Michael Phillips

10-02-2009, 03:51 PM
Thank you, Michael, for your input. I fully agree with you.

Jun, this is what I meant. I did not started this thread, and by no means I find Tomiki or Shodokan laughable at all. I like the style very much and appreciate Tomiki Sensei's doings to rationalize an art that O Sensei left without an stablished curriculum.

Best to all.