Tomiki Kenji Shihan was a first generation student of Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Aikido) and of Jigaro Kano (founder of Judo). Tomiki Shihan made use of the teaching methods of Judo devised by Jigaro Kano to transmit his Aikido. It's important to note that Morihei Ueshiba (the founder of Aikido) was a teacher of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu at the time he began teaching his first generation of students. It's no surprise then that "Tomiki Aikido" retains a strong relationship to how Daitō-ryū is performed, than to Aikikai Aikido which came later. The Aikido of Kenji Tomiki is also known as Shodokan Aikido and is sometimes referred to as Sport Aikido due to the importance of competitive randori practice in it's curriculum. Outside of Japan, Shodokan Aikido has gained much popularity in the USA, Russia and the UK. There is a keen and growing interest in this martial art and sport in many other countries including Ireland with Europen Open and World Championships held every two years.
April 1958, Waseda University, Japan
Events in and around Tomiki Shihan's life
Biography by Yoji Kondo