Tomiki / Shodokan Aikido is an Internationally recognised sport and regularly holds National, International and World Championships.
Most regulations concern athletes/players in competition or elite level players but the anti-doping rules also cover players in training. There are a number of substances that are banned as part of training and practice. The type of substances include: pharmacological substances not approved for human use, anabolic agents, peptide hormones and growth factors, beta-2 agonists, hormone and metabolic modulators and diuretics and other masking agents. A full list can be obtained from the WADA website which is updated annually.
It is most unlikely that National Sports Councils would conduct Anti-Doping testing at BAA, JAA, SAF or WSAF events but it is not impossible. Players should be aware of this fact, as it is also a violation of WADA rules to refuse testing. If traveling to competition abroad, then there maybe a greater chance that Anti-Doping testing will be carried out.
Supplements are generally not required for any aikido players. A balanced diet is completely sufficient and recommended instead. The reason dietary suppliments are included in Anti-Doping policies is that elite players may use them because of exaggerated claims made by manufacturers about what they can deliver. Dietary supplements may contain substances that are harmful to health and/or on the banned list.
Be aware that some prescription medications can generate false positives on Anti-Doping tests. If such a situation arises then a TUE can be applied for after the Anti-Doping test. The form, avaialble for the Irish Sports Council needs to be signed in conjunction with our GP.