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PROFESSOR KENJI TOMIKI, 9th Dan Judo, 8th Dan Aikido  (1900 - 1979)

 

AIKIDO AID - PROFESSOR KENJI TOMIKI
(click on video clip to see the full  version)

THE CONCEPT OF LOVE IN AIKIDO

In seeking the Truth, both master and disciple must be modest in their Heart and also must love the Truth.

The Way starts from the original precepts set down by the founder and reaches the final goal through the achievement of the successors.

To treat those achievements of the founder as the base and go beyond it:

this is Creation.

To improve upon the achievements of the master and take them to a higher level by disciple's successive works though master's works sometimes being succeeded or denied:

 this is Advancement.

Mutual Respect and Love exist here. To respect master and love disciple is no doubt to respect Love and Truth.

 KENJI TOMIKI

(Translated by Mr Itsuo Haba)

EL CONCEPTO DE AMOR EN AIKIDO

En la busqueda por la verdad, ambos, maestro y discipulo, deben ser humildes de Corazon y tambien deben amar la verdad.

 El camino comienza desde el precepto original establecido por el fundador y alcanza su meta final atraves del exito de sus sucesores 

Trantando esos exitos del fundador como base y llegar a sobrepasarlos.

 eso es Creacion.

Mejorar los alcaces del maestro y llevarlos a un nivel mas alto atraves del sucesivo trabajo de los discipulos, asi sea el trabajo del maestro logrado o negado.

 eso es avance.

 Mutou Respeto y Amor existe alli. El respeto al maestro y amor hacia el discipulo es sin duda respetar el amor y la verdad.

KENJI TOMIKI

(Translated by Mr Carlo Ruiz)

 

A brief history of Professor Tomiki and those originally associated with him.

Jigoro Kano

(1860-1938)

AIKIDO AID - PROFESSOR KENJI TOMIKI

Morihei Ueshiba

(1883-1969)

Ichiro Hatta

(1906-1983)

Hideo Oba

(1910-1986)

Hideo Yamamoto

(1911-1991)

Fusae Tomiki

(1913-2001)

Den Nagamitsu

(1913-1975)

Masayoshi Wazaki

(1916-       )

Yoshimi Osawa

(1926-      )

Masaharu Uchiyama

(1923-2006)

Shouji Tsunoda

(1927-      )

Senta Yamada

(1924-2010)

Hirokazu Kobayashi

(1929-1998)

Tsunako Miyake

(1926-       )

1900 Born Kakunodate, Akita prefecture
1914 Entered Yokote Junior High School
1919 Received 1st Dan in Judo
1922 Entered preparatory course at Waseda University 
        and joined the judo club
1926 Met Morihei Ueshiba
1927 Attained 5th dan in Judo
        Married Shigeko Naba (who died from an illness in 1942)
1929 Entered a judo match held in the presence of the emperor
1931 Started to teach at Kakunodate junior high school
        Met Hideo Oba
1936 Left Japan for Daido Gakuin in Manchuria
1938 Assistant professor at Kenkoku University in Manchuria
1940 Received 8th dan in Aikido from Morihei Ueshiba
1941 Professor at Kenkoku University in Manchuria
1943 Marriage to Fusae Yanagi
1945 Interned in Siberia
1948 Returned to Japan
1949 Part-time teacher at Waseda University
        Full-time secretary of Kodokan
1951 Full-time teacher at Waseda University
        Shihan of the Waseda Judo Club
1953 Visited the United States as a member of a judo mission
1954 Became a professor at Waseda University
1958 Set up an Aikido club at Waseda University
1969 Received 8th dan in judo
1970 Retired from Waseda University
        The First All Japan Student Aikido Tournament
1974 Established the Japan Aikido Association
        and became the first chairman of the JAA
1975 Became the vice chairman of Nihon Budo Gakkai
1979 Passed away due to colon cancer

 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A RANDORI SYSTEM FOR AIKIDO

In the early part of this century Morihei Ueshiba (Founder if Aikido) practised AIKI JUJUTSU and from this he derived his original form "AIKI BUJUTSU".  By 1942, "AlKIDO", as it was then to be named, was officially recognised and was know as the way of harmony.

Originally the AIKI JUJUTSU form had no simple learning process and there were many hundreds of techniques many of which were deadly and violent.  Morihei Ueshiba's AIKIDO reduced the number to some 2664 variations on 30 basic movements and using safer techniques.  Students could then repeatedly practice without the fear of permanent injury, but still keeping in mind the origins of the techniques.  Kenji Tomiki, a student of Morihei Ueshiba and like his master he too was an expert in Judo.  He took this a stage further and devised a simpler and more systematic method of teaching Aikido efficiently from the knowledge and correct application of far fewer techniques.  One of his aims was to introduce the element of competition or free-play (Randori), something not previously acknowledged by Aikidoka.  By the mid 1960's he had achieved this and several colleges took part in a competition.  The analogy being similar to that of Judo, which was developed by Kano for younger players with a competitive and sporting element in mind.

 

The BUDO MAN diagram shows the origins and refinements of AIKIDO and how it relates to other disciplines.  It shows how the techniques are grouped and how they overlap with Judo.  Furthermore it highlights the key elements for safe and effective application of Randori.

SOFTNESS / MOVEMENT, BALANCE & POSTURE

AIKIDO AID - BUDO MAN by Adrian Tyndale

 


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