2006 Shodokan Aikido Freestyle Kata Competition

The Winning Kata from the 2006 Shodokan Aikido Australia & New Zealand Freestyle kata competition. Tori: John Fogarty Uke: Konrad Chmielewski. Both these guys learned Shodokan Aikido from Alan Higgs Sensei, and I have been fortunate enough to train at the same dojo with them when visiting Brisbane, Queensland. This was a new kata put together with Alan Sensei’s guidance so the guys could go to Japan and impress the judges over there. And since they won first prize, I’d say the judges thought it pretty good stuff – as I do, too!. It goes to show that Tomiki-style Aikido can be anything but ‘touchy-feely’. It is very effective.

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11 thoughts on “2006 Shodokan Aikido Freestyle Kata Competition”

  1. Aikido is just friggen awesome.WTF is with all these people bashing it about it’s effectiveness?Leave it alone who cares if martial arts work I just have fun doing them.Besides I am very sure that if I needed to I could defend myself with Aikido because I have.

  2. shoure aikido is good in it´s way.. but if a “real” fighter does what the one that gets thrown around does, his like a white belter or somethin.. he just runs in to his opponent.. dont think aikido stands that big chance against a black belt kyokushin sensei.. but what do i know? ^^

  3. practical or “real” application of aikido does not look like this, this is a demonstration

  4. crimson can i ask some question…
    ive been watching videos of aikido from tohei, seagal etc.. and most of the comments were negative. I read a lot about shodokan aikido and they were the one who introduce resistive training(which are missing from aikikai, yoshinkan styles etc.) do you have any available videos of competetive sparring?(not just demo). I’ve been wantingg to try this art but i’ve became reluctant bec. of some criticsm. i’ll be waiting for the reply tnx…

  5. a demonstration is one thing.

    having someone ram a finger in your eye or punch your throat of maybe even try and remove your testicles is another. 😉

    ‘aikido is 90% atemi’ is something ueshiba said.

    good demo. nobody lost an eye. 😉

  6. Nice techniques! Although competion is included in Shodokan and this takes it apart from Ushiba’s original thought, this video shows that Shodokan guys have a really good trainning executing techniques with elegance and effectivenes. Congrats!

  7. No, it shows nothing of the kind. The only thing “demonstrated” here is that “shodokan” aikidorka can play act just as well as any other aikidorka. It’s bullshit and none of the moves shown here are ever a factor in any so called “sparring” or “competition” events. It’s bullshit and a waste of time.

  8. Hey Knighthollow, sorry I don’t have any competetive sparring videos to post at the moment. But you are right in that it was tomiki that introduced sparring and resistive training to aikido based upon the judo system. This style of aikido is called shodokan aikido so if you look up under that name you might be able to find some. Aikikai and yoshinkan do not do any resistive training so tohei and seagal are not good examples to look up.

  9. Hi guys, I just want to point out that the above clip is a KATA, not a fight. The KATA was put together in a competition for Shodokan aikidoka to demonstrate how well they could perform … in KATA (pre-arranged moves and responses). It was a brand new kata, and the performance won first prize…
    If the event had been a real fight, somebody would have ended up in hospital. So even though Shodokan Aikido has competitions as well, like Judo RANDORI, both with and without a rubber tanto knife, there are still rules for safety. (Heck, we even have two referees!) Even cage fighting and MMA and UFC have rules to protect the participants, or hadn’t you noticed? 🙂 Regards, Gedanate.

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