Judo With Aikido

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Author: Kenji Tomiki
Pub: 1956 by Japan Travel Bureau
Pages: 176
Out of Print


I found this book to be very helpful while training on the Kodokan Goshin Jutsu. It goes into detail rarely covered elsewhere on kansetsuwaza. The translation is better than average, with only a few disconcerting sentences... (ma-ai translated as "space condition"?) A fascinating book, good photos, and worth reading.

Those of you familiar with Aikido will already know the author - he created his own form of Aikido by blending classic Aikido with a concept normally associated with Judo - Randori.  I suspect that practicing Aikido with a chaotic element helps to improve the self-defense aspects of Aikido.

 Chapter                                                     Page

      I. GENERAL REMARKS                                       1
           Section I. Jujutsu and Judo                         1
           Section II. The System of Technical Training        8
           Section   III. Objects of - Judo Training          13
           Section   IV. Practice and Contests                16
           Section V. Judo as the Art of Promoting Health     25

    II. FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF JUDO                        28
           Section I. The Principle of Natural Posture        28
           Section II. The Principle of Breaking the Posture  43
           Section  III. The  Principle  of  Gentleness       47

          FREE-STYLE EXERCISES                                54
          Section I. Fundamentals of Throwing                 54
          Section II. Explanations of Throwing Techniques     66
          Section III. Fundamentals of Grappling              90
          Section IV. Explanations of Grappling Techniques    93
            I. Fundamentals of Aikido                        101
           II. Applications of Aikido Techniques             153

 GLOSSARY OF JUDO TERMS                                      173
 BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                176


Editorial Note We take pleasure in publishing this book in time for the First World Judo Championship Tournament to be held in Tokyo on May 3 under the joint auspices of the World Judo Federation, the All-Japan Judo Federation, the Kodokan, and the Asahi Shimbun, with experts from 22 different countries participating.

The author of the present volume, Mr. Kenji Tomiki, was born in 1900, and for many years received personal instruction in judo From the late Jigoro Kano, founder of the Kodokan Judo Hall, until the latter's death in 1938.

In 1953, Mr. Tomiki was invited to the United States for a three-month tour, when he gave lectures and instruction in judo in various parts of the country.

Mr. Tomiki holds the 7th dan (grade) in judo and the 8th dan in aikido, and is a professor of judo in Waseda University, Tokyo, a member of the Kodokan's Special Direction Committee, and an official of the All-Japan Judo Federation. In the sports circles of Japan, and, for that matter, of the whole world, Mr. Tomiki stands in a class of his own. In addition to his outstanding ability in judo, he has succeeded in making a scientific and educational systematization of various ancient arts of aikido (self-defense) which are outside the present general conception of judo but which can be included in judo itself in its broader sense.

His explanation of aikido, which is based on the Fundamental principles of judo, is so easy for ordinary people to understand and put into practice that all his students have showed an increasing ability in this particular art.

Our special thanks are due to the Kodokan Judo Hall; the Waseda University; Mr. Hideo Oba, who holds the 6th dan in both judo and aikido and is an instructor of judo in the police headquarters in Akita prefecture; Mr. Hideo Yamamoto, holder of the 7th dan in judo and an instructor in Waseda University; Prof. Ko Masuda of Waseda University, who translated the original Japanese text into English; and Dr. R. H. Blyth of Gakushuin University, who looked over the translated text.

The bracketed numbers in the text refer to the pages on which the photos concerned are shown, and vice versa. The Tourist Library Series aims at presenting concise, authoritative and unbiased information on various phases of Japanese culture, old and new. Most of the volumes that have been published are entirely new postwar editions, while the few prewar editions included have been revised and enlarged into volumes containing almost twice as many pages and illustrations. The volumes are by recognized scholars and experts in their respective fields, and are profusely illustrated with excellent photographs. When completed, the Series is expected to include more than a hundred volumes. It is hoped that by perusing these studies the reader will gain an insight into the culture that has developed throughout the ages in Japan.

April, 1956


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