Kenji Tomiki’s style of Aikido is a style that strives to combine the competitive excitement of Judo with the spiritual serenity of traditional Aikido. Kenji Tomiki (1900-1979) was perhaps more suited than anyone else in history to combine the disciplines of Judo and Aikido; during the 1920′s and 1930′s he studied intensively with both Jigoro Kano, the founder of modern Judo, and with Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Kenji Tomiki earned the rank of 8th Dan in both Judo and Aikido. As an educator, Tomiki wanted to strip away the variables of the multitude of techniques to determine the principles that make Aikido effective.
Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), and is translated into English as the Way of Harmony. Osensei, as Ueshiba is often referred,
began development of Aikido in the 1920s based on numerous styles he had studied in the past as well as Kenjutsu/swordsmanship.
The main focus being a martial art that could be both studied spiritually and physically, and the focus of defeating your opponent without injuring them,
harmonizing with any attack to redirect and neutralize.
Professor Kenji Tomiki, (1900-1979) a student of Judo under Jigoro Kano began his study of Aikido under Ueshiba in 1925 eventually becoming one of Ueshiba Sensei’s highest ranking students. Aikido as it was did not have any competition, or set curriculum, and as a student of Judo and Physical Education instructor Professor Tomiki felt Aikido would need these two things if the art was to survive into the future. In 1958 Tomiki Sensei founded the Waseda Aikido Club, at Waseda University. In part, due to the prohibition of any practice of Budo after World War II, and the practice being offered for education, the aspect of sport and competition was introduced to Aikido.
Our mission is to provide traditional martial arts instruction in the style of Tomiki Aikido, to students while giving back to the community; growing relationships, friendships, and the spirit of the martial arts, while instilling respect, commitment, and dedication. We are a group of martial artists willing to pass on what we have learned for the enjoyment and betterment of the individual.
Our instructors have been actively involved in martial arts for many years and volunteer thier time to help achieve these goals. If you or someone you know is interested in Aikido or learning more about how it can be practiced as a sport, physical activity, or self-defense please to reach out and ask us any questions via email.