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TAA News

  • 2020 US Nationals
    Cancelled due to current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic We are pleased to announce the 2020 TAA USA Nationals will be held at the New College of Florida in Sarasota on July 10-12, 2020. Tiffany Doan Sensei will serve as our host for the workshops and tournament. Details will follow as they […]
  • Dojo Expert Is Coming
    We are working on getting everyone’s information into the Dojo Expert app – an online software that will help us keep everyone’s membership information up to date. Dojo Expert can be accessed through your web browser or through their mobile app. Below are a couple of images from the Dojo […]

Black Belt Papers

  • My Journey To Aikido
    By Dr. Wes Tomlinson Aikido is not the most ancient of arts, but certainly has its place of importance in the martial arts world and mine.  I started my martial arts journey in the blended art of Tae Chun Jitsu.  As a kid I was always fascinated by the punching […]
  • You Got Hurt, So Now What?
    This paper is written with the purpose of explaining a not-uncommon physical hurdle in the martial world, back injury. It is something I have personally dealt with within the last 6 years (2014—2020) of my martial arts practice. Some parts of this issue were circumvented on the mat, while other […]
  • Is Aikido Functional For Real-world Applications?
    By Jeremy Lehew   Is Aikido a practical martial art for the purposes of self-defense and restraining techniques against an adversarial combatant? When first asked this question, years ago when I initially began training in a version of aikido, my answer was a resounding YES!  My martial arts experience was […]
  • Two Principles (Among Many) to Reduce Aikido Related Injuries
    By Erik DiVietro
  • Multiple Descriptions of the Same Technique
    When I first started Aikido, I often had issues trying to understand what my instructors were describing, and even more issues trying to accomplish what they were saying.  Pull with your front foot, extend your arm without moving and body drop, do not always mean the same thing to different […]

History of Tomiki Aikido

  • Professor Tomiki and kenkyuu (research)
    Recently Bob Dziubla Sensei gave me the opportunity to digitize his personal copy of an out of print book Professor Tomiki wrote in 1956. The work is called Judo and Aikido, and it was written as a basic introduction to these two arts from a sport perspective.  From the outset, […]
  • Aikido Is More than a Game
    A budo is a way of life, a way of thinking. Aikido is more than just the competitions and the accomplishments. The game has its place; but aikido can be a tool for helping kids grow into intelligent, balanced, grounded, mature young men and women. This past September, I started […]
  • Bushido and Aikido
    I have been practicing aikido for over 50 years now, and one of the aspects of aikido that I find tremendously attractive and engaging is the philosophical and moral underpinnings, for we practice a morally principled martial art.  The samurai code of conduct known as Bushido and the practices of […]
  • Interview with TAA Chairman Robert Dziubla
    Tomiki News (TN): Tell us about yourself. Where is your family from? What interests do you have outside of aikido? Dziubla Shihan (RD): I was born and raised in Chicago in a blue-collar family.  My father owned a live poultry store where I started working when I was 8 – […]
  • Some Historical Background of the Inclusion of Shiai in Tomiki Aikido
    Prepared by Erik DiVietro for Transfer of Nidan Rank to the TAA In December 1940, Morihei Ueshiba had a vision which was later published by his son and successor, Kisshomaru. The vision expressly forbid the practice of shiai (試合) in aikido on the grounds that aikido’s only function was to […]

Essays

  • My Journey To Aikido
    By Dr. Wes Tomlinson Aikido is not the most ancient of arts, but certainly has its place of importance in the martial arts world and mine.  I started my martial arts journey in the blended art of Tae Chun Jitsu.  As a kid I was always fascinated by the punching […]
  • You Got Hurt, So Now What?
    This paper is written with the purpose of explaining a not-uncommon physical hurdle in the martial world, back injury. It is something I have personally dealt with within the last 6 years (2014—2020) of my martial arts practice. Some parts of this issue were circumvented on the mat, while other […]
  • Is Aikido Functional For Real-world Applications?
    By Jeremy Lehew   Is Aikido a practical martial art for the purposes of self-defense and restraining techniques against an adversarial combatant? When first asked this question, years ago when I initially began training in a version of aikido, my answer was a resounding YES!  My martial arts experience was […]
  • Two Principles (Among Many) to Reduce Aikido Related Injuries
    By Erik DiVietro
  • Explaining Kata Competitions
    By: Alec Niccum Kata competitions in Aikido can be puzzling to casual viewers. Two teams of two perform the exact same moves, in the exact same order. Then, when one duo has (somehow) won, both participants in a team get medals. How do you judge the winner? Why would you […]