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Just Take the Fall

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Submitted for Shodan Examination, July 2018 As everyone who practices aikido knows, it quite literally has its ups and downs, and ups and downs. In Tomiki Aikido falling is one of the most important skills to develop. When I first started studying Tomiki Aikido I absolutely hated the falling aspect, mainly because I spent so… Read more »

The Basics

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Dennis Bandiero, Tomiki Aikido Raleigh SHODAN ESSAY “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” (Winston Churchill) Aikidoka, and really any martial artist, hear the same lexicon of fundamentals repeatedly in their formative years, whether politely suggested, shouted, or served with a side of eye -roll…. Read more »

Professor Tomiki and kenkyuu (research)

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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, Professor Tomiki makes it very… Read more »

REPORT: US Nationals, July 26-29

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Mesa College in San Diego, California, played host to the TAA US Nationals this past July. With about forty-five players assembled from across the country, it was three days of workshops, competition and celebration. Thursday night, many of the participants met in the Mesa College gymnasium to lay down tatami and mark out the competition… Read more »

Aikido Is More than a Game

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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 teaching Aikido to juniors (ages… Read more »

Some Thoughts on Improving Our KYOGI

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I am not an international competitor – not yet. I should make that clear right up front. I joined the TAA in January 2016, coming from a non-competitive, kata-oriented, independent dojo. Being a part of the TAA has involved a huge learning curve for me. As a result, I have an “outsider’s perspective” on the… Read more »

Vassar College Tomiki Aikido Festival

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I felt like I learned so many things! One aspect that was particularly helpful was seeing different ways techniques could be executed, and the effects small differences could make. It was lovely to meet so many people and be taught by experienced practitioners of aikido, all of whom were so patient and enthusiastic. The event made me… Read more »

Professor Tomiki’s Radical Notion

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Over the past month or so, I have been reflecting upon Tomiki Sensei’s work On Jujutsu and Modernization. This was one of Tomiki’s last works, completed in 1975 after he was already retired from full-time teaching. This document is included in its entirety in this issue of Tomiki News. First of all, this is an… Read more »