We practice Shodokan Aikido, a style of Aikido that
utilizes both kata and randori in order to develop well-rounded
We invite you to join us for a free try-out session. We practice
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm, and Saturdays from
11:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Columbia Athletic Club.
We are a member club of Aikido America
organization affiliated with the Japan
founded by Morihei Ueshiba, who envisioned aikido
not only as the synthesis of his martial training, but as an expression of
his personal philosophy of universal peace and reconciliation. During
Ueshiba's lifetime and continuing today, aikido has evolved from the Aiki
that Ueshiba studied into a wide variety of expressions by martial artists
throughout the world.
Shodokan Aikido is the style of Aikido founded by Kenji Tomiki. Tomiki
was was one of the early students of both Ueshiba and Jigoro
the founder of judo. Shodokan Aikido is sometimes referred to as
"Sport Aikido" because of its use of regular competitions.
Shodokan places more emphasis on free-form randori sparring than most
other styles of aikido. The training method requires a balance between randori
and the more stylized kata training along with a well-developed set of
training drills both specific for randori and for general aikido
development. The participation in actual shiai (competitive randori)
very much depends on the club with greater emphasis being found in the
university clubs, although randori is core to all Shodokan clubs.