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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 which focuses on the use of body positioning and movement to achieve disturbance of balance and uses joint locks and pins to control an attacker to the ground.

The founder of Shodokan AikidoTomiki Kenji was a first generation student of Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Aikido) and of Jigaro Kano (founder of Judo). 

Tomiki Shihan made use of teaching methods he leared from Jigaro Kano to transmit Aikido. When teaching his recognised first generation of students, Morihei Ueshiba was operating a school teaching Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu . It's no surprise then that the 'Aikido' of Kenji Tomiki bears a closer relationship to Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu than to the the more flowing Aikikai Aikido which came later and is popular today.

The Aikido of Kenji Tomiki, also known as "Tomiki Aikido" or "Shodokan Aikido" 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. 

 Tomiki Kenji
shihan - 富木 謙治 - highlights

  • Born March 15th, 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 University 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

Historical Timeline

Events in and around Tomiki Shihan's life

Birth of "Tomiki" Aikido

April 1958, Waseda University, Japan

富木 謙治 Tomiki Kenji

Biography by Yoji Kondo

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