Tomiki Aikido Foundations Right Here in Ann Arbor

  • Did you know you can improve your ability to apply your techniques through the study of martial arts other than your primary one?

  • Wouldn't it be great to have the opportunity to integrate skills from other arts into your practice?

  • Do you want to learn more about the common skillsets found in judo, aikido, and jujutsu?

Foundations and Evolutions of Tomiki Aikido 

"I'm having difficulty with the throw portion of this jujutsu technique that I'm learning," you remark to a friend whose primary art is judo. You walk through the movements and your friend comments, "That's a cool technique! Let's work on the throw and then integrate it into the overall technique, if you don't mind showing me." 

That kind of work could be a game changer!

Most of us miss out on the benefits of training in other martial arts because we think we don't have the time to commit to more than one.  If only we had the opportunity to participate in world class instruction without the cost associated with overseas seminars.  Focused, expert instruction in complementary techniques offers us the potential to raise our game!

To fully understand the common skillsets shared by judo, jujutsu, aikido, look no further than their evolution from their common ancestor - ancient jujitsu.  

Here's a very brief history of these three closely related martial arts:

  • Aikido developed in Japan by Ueshiba Morihei 
    • Founder - Ueshiba Morihei (1883-1969)
      • Trained in several ancient jujitsu styles
    • Organized system of techniques
      • Primary focus - a tool for self-defense and self-improvement 
      • Practice - Kata (technique)
  • Kodokan Judo developed in Japan
    • Founder -  Kano Jigoro (1860-1938) 
      • Trained in several ancient jujutsu styles
    • Organized system of techniques.  
      • The principal goal of judo is the development of the individual so he or she can become a contributing member of society through "maximum efficient use of energy" both in practice and in daily life. 
      • Techniques are organized into two main categories - nage waza and katame waza
      • Practice -  Kata (technique) and randori (free practice)
  • Tomiki Aikido / Shodokan Aikido developed in Japan
    • Founder -  Tomiki Kenji (1900-1979)
      • Trained in Aikido and Kodokan Judo   
      • Student of Ueshiba Morihei and Kano Jigoro 
      • Judo and Aikido instructor at Waseda University 
      • Influenced the development of Judo's Kodokan Goshin Jujutsu (Forms of Self-Defense)
      • Founded the Japan Aikido Association 
    • Competitive aikido
      • Techniques organized into three main categories -  atemi waza (striking techniques), kansetsu waza (joint techniques), and nage waza (throwing techniques)
      • Practice - Kata (technique) and randori (free practice)

World's Foremost Tomiki Aikido Expert in Ann Arbor

Would you like to get a hands-on experience with the integration between these styles? The time is now!  Join us for an extraordinary event - Aikido, Judo and Jujutsu Seminar with Satoh Tadayuki Sensei - world renown martial arts expert.
Satoh Sensei is one of the world's leading experts of Tomiki-style aikido. He studied directly with Tomiki Kenji Sensei, founder of the Japan Aikido Association, in the living room of his house, and later at Waseda University. In 2007, Satoh Sensei was granted the position of Shihan of Waseda University Aikido club, a position that had been vacant since Professor Tomiki's death in 1979. Additionally, he teaches aikido at the Japan Police University, and international seminars in the Americas, Europe and throughout Japan.
Also, as an accomplished judoka, Satoh Sensei brings a unique and inspiring perspective to the links between Kodokan judo and aikido. Just a few of his qualifications are:

  • Shihan, Kisuikan Dojo, Tokyo Japan
  • Shihan, Waseda University Aikido Club, Tokyo Japan
  • Faculty, Waseda University, Department of the Humanities
  • Founder, Renaissance Judo
  • Personal Student of Tomiki Kenji Sensei
  • Internationally Acclaimed Instructor and Scholar

Join us at JMAC in Ann Arbor on March 16, 17 & 18, 2018, to explore the integration of Aikido, Judo, & Jujutsu with Satoh Tadayuki Sensei.

  • Improve your balance, speed, and power!
  •  Build more effective self-defense with aikido, jujutsu, & judo techniques

If you'd like more information about this important seminar, please visit our events page. Space is limited, so you can also go right to registration and get signed up!


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