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富木 謙治 Tomiki Kenji ShihanTomiki Aikido (富木 合気道)

Shodokan Aikido (昭道館 合気道)

Tomiki/Shodokan Aikido is a Budō (武道), a modern Japanese martial art. Shodokan schools use a more direct, formulaic method of teaching Aikido principles than that used by "Aikikai" Aikido schools.

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. 



 Tomiki Kenji
 
shihan - 富木 謙治 - highlights

  • Born March 15, 1900 
  • Awarded 5th Dan Kodokan Judo in 1928
  • The first student awarded an 8th Dan in Aikido by Morihei Ueshiba in 1942
  • Professor at Waseda University and Chief Instructor of both Judo & Aikido Clubs in 1954
  • Established the Shodokan honbu Dojo in Osaka in 1967
  • President of the Japanese Aikido Association in 1975
  • Awarded 8th Dan Kodokan Judo in 1978
  • Died December 25, 1979

Birth of "Tomiki" Aikido

April 1958, Waseda University, Japan

Historical Timeline

Events in and around Tomiki Shihan's life

富木 謙治 Tomiki Kenji

Biography by Yoji Kondo

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