Tomiki Aikido, does it fail?
Anyone got any experience with Tomiki/Shodokan in particular? Or should I just give up on my dreams of wasting dudes while looking like a rhythmic gymnast in baggy pants?
My question is basically, being that Tomiki aikido is competitive and has randori (which looks like sloppy judo to me to be honest), Is it effective or just lipstick on an asshole? I've always had high hopes for wristlocks but I haven't ever seen them performed in a sparring environment (outside of ne-waza).
I'd really like to do it at the very least to just get another two hours of sparring a week, at most to be able to pull an effective kote gaeshi. But I'd take it only if it's actually going to work.
Anyones thoughts appreciated as the search function just says "I hate Aikido" a million times.
No magic pants for Tomiki Aikido for the most part. You'll find some of it in the kata at the higher level, but that's mainly for historical purposes.
If you've been doing BJJ and Judo you should be able to integrate Tomiki Aikido pretty quickly. Mention to the instructor about your background but try to focus upon using what you are learning in class initially rather then throwing everything you know at people.
Tomiki aikido sparring is weird to say the least. It's randori, but with a designated uke and tori.
The attacks and defenses, while freeform, are restricted to certain kinds. Attacker must perform a "straight thrust with full commitment" to an area on the chest or something, and the defender can only use specific Aikido techniques, with control.
It ends up looking semi-compliant, thereby losing the benefit of compliant techniques while not gaining the benefits of true randori.
Personally, Angry White Pyjamas sold me on hard-style Yoshinkan Aikido. Is there a school of Tomiki near you? Maybe you'll like it.
Only for the Tanto-randori. Unarmed it is open season.
Originally Posted by 1point2
Damn, Fitz, you are owning me all over the site these days.
Last time I researched Tomiki (last year?), I only found tanto randori. What's the deal with unarmed? Is it widespread? What's the ruleset?
I have a Green Belt in Tomiki Aikido. So basically the randori is not very randori-ish, by which I mean, it has an Uke and a Tori, so the victor is already predetermined. The Uke has the ability to use whatever attack he wants, and the Tori has the ability to use whatever technique he was.
Otherwise, it's same old shitty Aikido you see everywhere. Only uglier.
Run a search for "toshu randori" in Google Video and you should find a few clips. It tends to look like really extensive/boring gripfighting in Judo until someone catches the other person just right. It was the original randori form for Shodokan Aikido. Tomiki Sensei later added the tanto randori because too often Aikidoka would keep waiting for the other person to attack.
The basic techniques used in Shodokan Randori can be seen at
The rule-set prevents too much grabbing of the Gi but otherwise it is similar to Judo tachiwaza in terms of points for controlled throws. You can find the full ruleset at
Maybe we can address the root of the OP question.
What do you want? Aikido? Effective wristlocks? Circular movement at a distance?
Well, my goal isn't to go in and moneyshot everyone with my JudoSkillz, because I'm not convinced that Aikido sucks as much as this site tries to tell me, so I'm intending on keeping my nose clean and my wang rolled up.
My question was, how does it relate to other styles of aikido in terms of realistic training methods, applicability, and so on?
I read angry white pyjamas myself and quite liked it, but there's no yoshinkan where I looked. The other local stuff is filled with senseis who I, in all honesty, could take apart. Because they all thought someone was going to stand still and not headbutt them when they went in for shihonage or something.
You'll learn more effective timing and distance then you will in most Aikido schools and will have a relatively easy time integrating what you are learning into the skillsets you already have. The knife-work is not realistic at all nor is it meant to be. The idea there is to force one person to attack and the other to defend. It will get you moving and may spark an interest in learning more realistic knifework down the line.
Originally Posted by 100xobm
Much of what you will learn early on will involve controling the attackers spine, starting from the neck and working down the trunk (the atemi waza on the linked page). After that you'll probably start to integrate the wrist locks. While different schools have different approaches you'll hopefully have a chance to work on all of this in regular randori, showing you when things work and when they don't and getting a better sense of what will work in a given situation.
Give it a few classes, see what you think of the instructor and the students and then make up your mind as to how well it would integrate into your current training.
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