The founder of Shodokan Aikido, 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 of teaching his first generation of students. It's no surprise then that the aikido of Kenji Tomiki bears a closer relationship to Daitō-ryū than to Aikikai Aikido which came later. The Aikido of Kenji Tomiki, "Shodokan" is sometimes referred to as "Sport Aikido" due to the importance of competitive randori practice in it's curriculum. Outside of Japan, Tomiki 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 European 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