Sport Aikido for Under 18's

In 1963 Kenji Tomiki stated;

“At last I have established a new method of Aikido practice called Aikido Randori that is different from the usual kata practice. I believe that the new method let’s you improve your Aikido skills and spiritual strength through competition based on the viewpoint of physical education.”

In 2009 Christian Kirkham, from the Manchester dojo, became the individual Randori World Champion in Kyoto at the age of 23. He had started his training as a junior in the Manchester dojo under the coaching of Steve Evans (himself a World Champion) and an increasing number of our International competitors,  Laura Beardsmore, Christian Kirkham, Tim and Gitte Wolput, Steve Evans, Danielle Jones and Vanda Fairchild all have the same thing in common; they were all coached from an early age, they competed as Juniors and went on to become World Champions.

South east Aikido has recently started Sport Aikido classes on a Wednesday night at the Langley dojo. These classes are aimed at those Aikido practitioners who wish to compete in Aikido Competitions, whether Embu or Randori, are open to all, from 13 years upwards and will provide a training session that will push you physically but provide you with the opportunity to learn the skills and training necessary to compete in Aikido competitions both at a National and International level.

The Aikido World Championships are held in Japan every four years with numerous International and International events held in between. Our goal is to develop our teenage competitors to at least attend the 2013 World Championships and to have an individual – male or female – who has progressed through the teenage class bringing home a medal from the World Championship in 2017. To support this we have developed a UK Squad structure under the coaching of Steve Evans. Those who wish to take Competition seriously can, with the support of their instructor, become part of that Squad.

Adults

Adults who wish to compete in Aikido Competition still have the current opportunity to become members of the Shodokan Squad. Again we hope that competitors will be looking to compete in Tokyo in 2013!

Competition in Aikido.

Competing in Aikido Competition is something that some Aikido practitioners do not agree with and is sometimes a surprise to people who are new to Aikido. No doubt this will continue to provide views and opinions from  both sides for many years to come but all people who practice a martial art do so for their own personal reasons so cannot be wrong in their personal view. What is important is that all who practice Aikido recognise this and support each other in their goals.

Many feel that what Kenji Tomiki actually continued in Aikido, was the development of competitive budo as achieved by Jigaro Kano with judo in the 19th century. In 1936 Kano said to Tomiki;

“We have to leave techniques like those of Mr Ueshiba to future generations. The old traditional jujutsu was the same as his style, but it is difficult to find out how to practice them systematically.”

Tomiki was committed to developing a systematic means of teaching Aikido and as part of that, included Aikido Competition to enable students to develop their skills and complete understanding of the techniques.

This was unquestionably successful with the development of Competition Aikido over the past 40 years. With over 500 competitors at the last World Championships in 2009 and several hundred competing at the International Championships in the UK in August 2011 the Sport continues to grow and develop into a truly competitive martial art.

South East Aikido is committed to developing competition champions for the future and is keen to develop the teenager Squad and age group – already, a club with a strong junior’s class and a growing teenager group we invite you to become part of what we know will be a fun, very challenging but a very rewarding experience!

The Aikido World Championships are held in Japan every four years with numerous International and International events held in between. Our goal is to develop our teenage competitors to at least attend the 2013 World Championships and to have an individual – male or female – who has progressed through the teenage class bringing home a medal from the World Championship in 2017. To support this we have developed a UK Squad structure under the coaching of Steve Evans. Those who wish to take Competition seriously can, with the support of their instructor, become part of that Squad.

For more information call Chris Stamate on 07904 095 690