Tomiki Aikido

History of Tomiki Aikido

Tomiki Aikido (富木 合気道)

Tomiki Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art which focuses on the use of body positioning and movement to achieve disturbance of balance and uses joint locks and pins to control an attacker to the ground.​

The founder of Tomiki Aikido, Tomiki Kenji was a first generation student of Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Aikido) and of Jigaro Kano (founder of Judo). 

Tomiki Shihan made use of teaching methods used for judo he learned from Jigaro Kano to transmit Aikido. When teaching his first generation of students, Morihei Ueshiba was operating as a teacher of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu . It’s no surprise then that the “Aikido” of Kenji Tomiki bears a closer relationship to Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu than to the more flowing Aikikai style Aikido which came later and is popular today.​

The Aikido of Kenji Tomiki, known as “Tomiki Aikido” or “Shodokan Aikido” is sometimes referred to as “Sport Aikido” due to the importance of competitive randori practice in it’s curriculum.  Outside of Japan, Tomiki Aikido has experienced growing popularity in the USA, Russia and the UK. There is a keen and growing interest in this martial art and sport in many other European countries including Ireland, with European Open and World Championships held every two years


Huddersfield Tomiki Aikido Club is a member of the British Aikido Association and follows the BAA Grading Syllabus. Club members can take part in the various Junior, Cadet and Senior competitions organised by the: