Recommended reading: “Hiroaki Kogure Sensei: Part Two” by Stanley Pranin

The interview below with Hiroaki Kogure Sensei one of the leading exponents of Tomiki Aikido has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

I think, in fact, that there are two ways in which we use kata techniques. the first is in set groups for demonstration, and the second way uses the same techniques in condensed and abbreviated patterns derived from competition, in form of free practice. there is also another form, randori. Tomiki Sensei always conducted kata style free practice with, of course, randori style movement in mind. from this period, Tomiki Sensei began conducting various experiments such as putting on protective gear, or executing techniques against karate practitioners, boxers, or Sumo wrestlers.

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  1. Awesome! I think that aikido practitioners should be less concerned with being hit, just as karate-ka should be less concerned with falling. Certainly it’s foolish to stand your ground and take the hit, or attempt to block. But if you get tagged a bit from time to time, well see if there’s something to learn from it.

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