Aikido Masters – Kenji Tomiki

1956
He published a book in English called ‘Judo with Aikido’ which was later called ‘Judo and Aikido'; the French edition was published in 1960. This helped bring aikido to the West.

1958
He founded the Waseda University Aikido Club and became the club’s first director. He published ‘Aikido Nyumon’ which is still in print today. From about this time he made progress in his research into competitive aikido.

1964
He became head of the department coinciding with the start of a special course in physical education. He published ‘Shin Aikido Text’ (The New Aikido Textbook).

1967
He opened the Shodokan dojo as the first dojo exclusively for research into aikido.

1970
He retired from Waseda University, published ‘Taiiku To Budo’ (Physical Education and Budo), and presided over the first All Japan Student Aikido Tournament. The foundations for competitive aikido had been laid.

1971
He received 8th dan in Kodokan Judo.

1974
The Japan Aikido Association was founded with Tomiki as the first president.

1975
He became the Vice President of the Budo Society of Japan.

1976
The Shodokan dojo was established in Osaka as the central dojo of the Japan Aikido Association with Tomiki as director.

1977
In the spring he visited Australia at the invitation of the Australian Aikido Association.

1979
He died on 25th December 1979, aged 79 years.