The founder of Shodokan Aikido, Tomiki 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.
Events in and around Tomiki Shihan's life
April 1958, Waseda University, Japan
Biography by Yoji Kondo