Competitions are organised by various Aikido association/organisations at National (Club), European, International and World level. Organisations include: British Aikido Association (BAA), Japan Aikido Association (JAA) , Shodokan Aikido Federation (SAF), Tomiki Aikido International Network (TAIN), European Tomiki Aikido Network (ETAN) and the World Sport Aikido Federation (WSAF)
Embu is a formal demonstration of prescribed Aikido Kata (techniques) by two people being observed by a judging panel. There are several categories of embu including: –
* Randori no Kata / Junanahon (basic 17 techniques)
* Koryu Dai San / Goshin no kata (first 16 techniques)
* Open Kata
Ninin Dori is a “free-style” event with three players, each of whom in turn, take the part of the defender demonstrating applications against the other two. Players are assessed on the variation of technique and attack, speed of performance, spatial awareness and general reaction under stress. Attackers offer no resistance to techniques appliaed.
Tanto Randori (Shiai), in this event a player demonstrates their ability to deal with a thrusting attack from a “Tanto” (knife). Two players are involved, each in turn taking the part of an attacker (Tanto) and a defender (Toshu). The defender scores by the application of an Aikido technique against Tanto. The attacker can score by making a positive strike on the defender’s target area with the tanto and by using a limited number of techniques once grasped. There are bouts for men and women. Neither player is co-operating.
Toshu randori (Randori Kyogi) Where two players compete against each other, both unarmed in an attempt to skillfully apply Randori techniques.
KOGO DAN TAISEN
Kogodantaisen is a seven-person team event. This event is composed of several matches with the characteristic skills from the training system taught by the first president, Kenji Tomiki. The event balances the practice of both Randori and Kata in parallel and includes: -.
* Basic Kata
* Koryu Dai San
* Tanto Avoidance
* Tanto Randori
* Toshu Randori
Juniors compete in up to four disciplines from within three age categories (Under 8s, 10s, and 12s). Young Adults compete within two age categories, (14s and 16s).