The lineage of Aikido as a sport is within the time frame of the 20th century.  Aikido as an art has its roots in the 12th century.

Aikido can be described as a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba.  It differs from other martial arts in its motivations and ideology as well as in its unique style of practice. It is purely a defensive art form which relies upon a reflexive reaction to neutralise an unprovoked attack. The techniques, if performed correctly, should cause no injury to the attacker. The goal of Aikido self defense is to neutralise an attacker with skill, blending and controling your opponent so that he or she remains uninjured. This level of skill requires intensive practice over many years, together with a strict code of ethics.

Tomiki Aikido was developed by and named after the late Professor Kenji Tomiki.  It is and has been a course of study at the Waseda University, Tokyo, since 1952.   In Japan, it is known as "Sports Aikido" and is distinguished from other Aikido styles by its progressive curriculum and teaching methodology, which has allowed the inclusion of competition without fear of injury. 

Participants in the Tomiki Aikido Shodokan Arizona program  will be exposed at a minimum to the basics of martial arts etiquette, Aikido customs and  practice, Japanese counting (and some additional vocabulary) and last but not least, a thorough understanding of a number of Aikido Principles.

Trust and respect of ones self and others are developed through performing techniques with a partner, both applying and receiving the technique.  Tomiki Aikido strives to obtain maximum efficiency with minimum power, coordinating ones movements with that of your opponent so as to blend with him thereby avoiding the force of the attack.

In all styles of Aikido, the Student progresses at an individual pace.  The pace is not always determined by the physical prowess of the student.  It is equally determined by their mental agility. A person who finds one aspect of Aikido very simple, may well have to exert more mental and physical energy in another area.  Most of the rewards in Aikido are internal; the visible rewards such as advanced rank usually are a result of time well spent in practice and by recognition from the Instructors and peers.

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