3 thoughts on “Shodokan Open 2009 Men’s Randori 2 of 2”

  1. What a pity the videocam did not have a video operator to follow the action and zoom in a little closer to catch the aikido moves. For those who are unfamiliar with Tomiki style Aikido, this is how students can TEST their techniques safely. You try them out against a training partner who knows every aikido throw and counter-move (Ura Waza). Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei was against Aikido having any competitions, but Tomiki Sensei – who was a Judo master as well as an Aikido master – was used to students playing randori in safety. So he introduced it after World War II. Traditionlists are horrified at the idea, but it works. And very few Shodokan aikidoka I have met have inflated egos because of it. They just have more effective Aikido.

  2. Hello
    First of all thank you for this informative site.
    I’m much interested in aiki randori/shiai, although I’m not from Shodokan (I’ve been into Yoseikan budo, up to 2nd dan).

    Could you, please, explain how safety is managed with full-force/speed for standing arm-locks in a resistive application?
    For example, how waki gatame doesn’t become destructive when resisted by the opponent (as I’ve have myself once had the elbow broken by a powerfull waki gatame)?
    And what about sankyo (sorry, can’t remember its shodokan’s name now)?
    What are the adaptations?
    Thank you for your attention,

    1. Hi Alain, Thanks for the comment and (gulp) your questions. I think you need to watch a new videos of full randori shiai and see what happens. It i quite different from an aikido demonstration where Uke sails into an attack and gets thrown. These attackers don’t want to be thrown (or locked). But our founder, Tomiki Sensei, only allowed the defender (Tori) to use one of the 16 throws or the wakigatame (arm bar submission hold) from the Junanahon no Kata. That’s why it is also called the Randori no Kata or, in English, the Kata of Seventeen. He selected those techniques because they could be applied with the least likelihood of injury. Add two referees and two flag men, that is FOUR sets of trained eyes watching very closely to make sure there are no fouls. Your best answer is to find a higher-ranking Shodokan dan grade person and ask their opinion on safety. Kind regards, David.

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