Competitive Aikido

Randori along with Kata practice are balanced and essential aspects of training within Tomiki Aikido practise.

  • Kata provides the core knowledge, skills and understanding of Aikido through sequenced learning.
  • Randori takes the techniques learnt through Kata to a variety of applications from Kakarigeiko (Randori without or with light resistance) to Hikitategeiko (Randori with counters and combinations with varying degrees of resistance).

The core principles learnt through Kata include:

  • Posture and balance
  • Avoidance and blending
  • Maintaining appropriate distance
  • Balance breaking and direction of throw
  • Exploiting Uke’s weaknesses.

Randori takes these principles and asks the Aikidoka to apply them in an unstructured/non-sequenced manner to see if the Aikidoka can decide which Aikido technique to apply.

Link between Kata and Randori
Link between Kata and Randori

With Bradford Tomiki Aikido being a mem­ber of the British Aikido Association (BAA), club members can if they choose take part in the various junior and sebnior competitions organised by the BAA, as well as the international competitions organised by the European Tomiki Aikido Network (ETAN), the Japan Aikido Association (JAA) and the Worldwide Sport Aikido Federation.

Senior Competitions

2018 European (ETAN) Championship

These are the senior competitions:

  • British Kyu grade Championship
  • British Club Team Championship
  • British Open Championship
  • European Championship (held every 2 years)
  • International Aikido Tournament/ World Championship (held every 2 years)

The events at these competitions include:

This is a formal presentation of Aikido Kata techniques by two people being observed by a judging panel. A smooth flowing performance demonstrating the purpose and understanding of the specific kata is required. Combined with movement and co-ordination between both participants, a first class representation of the Kata results. Traditionally there are several categories of embu including:

  • Randori no Kata (basic techniques)
  • Koryu Dai San
  • Open Kata
Ninin Dori
This is a “free-style” event with three players, each of whom in turn, take the part of the defender against the other two. Players are assessed on the variation of technique and attack, speed of performance, spatial awareness and general reaction under stress. This event requires considerable stamina and also tests the participant’s fitness.
Tanto Randori (Shiai)
In this event a player demonstrates their ability to deal with a thrusting attack from a short baton, formally known as a “Tanto”. Two players are involved, each in turn taking the part of an attacker (Tanto) and a defender (Toshu).
The defender scores by the application of an Aikido technique against Tanto. The attacker can score by making a positive strike on the defender’s target area with the tanto and by using a limited number of techniques once grasped, importantly neither player is co-operating.
There are separate events for men and women.
Juniors/Youth (under 18 years of age) are not allowed to take part in Randori events.
Is a seven-person team event. This event is composed of several matches with the characteristic skills from the training system taught by the first president, Kenji Tomiki. The event balances the practice of both Randori and Kata in parallel and includes: -.

  • Basic Kata
  • Koryu Dai San
  • Tanto Avoidance
  • Tanto Randori
  • Toshu Randori
Toshu randori (Randori Kyogi)
Where two players compete against each other, both unarmed in an attempt to skillfully apply Randori techniques.

Junior/Youth Competitions

Bradford Juniors (Under 8, Under 12 and Under 14 ) – waiting patiently for their scores.

These are the junior/youth competitions:

  • BAA Open (Northern) Championship
  • BAA Open (Southern) Championship
  • BAA National Championship
  • European Championship
  • WSAF World Championship

Juniors compete in up to four events in three age categories (Under 8s, 10s, and 12s). Young adults compete in up to 5 events within two age categories, (14s and 16s), as they have an additional event for Open Kata.

The junior/youth events include:

Embu (kata)
From the basic 17 techniques of the Tomiki system.
Open Kata
A kata with a broader range of technique being performed at a higher level of skill.
Tanto Kakarigieko
One defender (tori) performing with one attacker (uke).
Ninin Dori (kakarigeiko)
One defender (tori) performing with two attackers (ukes). This is a fast free flowing and dynamic event.
Tanto avoidance (Tai Sabaki)
Two opponents take turns to use the Tanto in a best of six-strike contest.

Upcoming Competitions

See our Events page for details of the events and competitions for this year.