Make 2022 the Year!

Sensei Erik managed to catch COVID-19 after Christmas, but he’s done with all the isolating and stuff, and is ready to back to work!

Our first kids’ training of the year will be next Monday, January 17, beginning at 7:00pm. We will be following the 7:00-7:30 and 7:30-8:15 class schedule for now, but we are looking at other times and opportunities for training.

It looks like Tomiki Aikido of the Americas will be holding another virtual tournament this year, in addition to their in-person tournament. The virtual tournament will probably be in the autumn. We’re not sure yet!

See you next week!


NEW! Adult Training

We are very excited to announce that we will be leading an adult training group at the Training Station (200 Elm St, Manchester, NH) on Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00am-7:00am.

Terry and Christina Dow have graciously allowed us to use a space in their dojo for the times when we used to train at the Downtown YMCA as the Manchester Budo Club. There is a monthly cost for participating, 100% of which goes to the Training Station.

If you’re interested in joining us for Tomiki Aikido, fill out the contact form below.

Jodo in June

During the month of June, the adult class meeting at the Training Station (200 Elm St, Manchester) will be working on ZNKR Jodo. It has been a while since we did these, so we are providing resources for those wishing to train with us.


Kamae (Posture)

Kihon (Solo Exercises)

  1. Honte Uchi (forward hand strike)– natural grip, striking the face from either side.
  2. Gyakute Uchi (reverse hand strike) – inverted grip. Unlike #1, grip does not change in strike.
  3. Hiki Otoshi Uchi (sliding knockdown) – attack an opponent holding a sword in chudan.
  1. Kaeshi Zuki (thrust to solar plexus) – twist hips, thrust using the rear end of the jo
  2. Gyakute Zuki (overhead thrust to solar plexus) – using inverted grip thrust from a high position
  3. Maki Otoshi (sweeping down) – block a strike to the head with a jo angled to protect, sweep sword aside with circular movement
  1. Kuri Tsuke (pinning and trapping) – evade strike by bringing jo up almost parallel to floor; sweep with front end of jo.
  2. Kuri Hanashi (throwing away) – from same evasion of $#7 sweep up and turn to push tachi up and away
  3. Tai Atari (body check) – evade as in #7, sweep up and then thrust forward with the jo perpendicular to the ground. Take another step forward.
  1. Tsuki Hazushi Uchi (thrust block and strike) – with jo held above the head; draw back to receive sword, switch hands, and then strike down
  2. Dou Barai Uchi (block to side of body and strike) – block strike to torso by turning to right, step back, then strike sword down
  3. Tai Hazushi Uchi (retreat and strike forward) – step back as recovering jo, strike overhead.

Seitei Jo (Paired Techniques)

Demonstrations of ZNKR Seitei Jo

Tzuki Zue (Attaching Stick)

  • Evade an attack to the center of your head and strike your opponent’s left forearm.
  • As your opponent retreats, holding the sword in the jodan position, follow with honte uchi to his right forearm.
  • Recover

Suigetsu (Solar Plexus)

  • Evade an attack to the center of your head and thrust at your opponent’s suigetsu.
  • As your opponent retreats, and holds sword at chudan, draw back into hiki otoshi and strike down on sword.
  • Recover

Hissage (Hidden down)

  • Open in hissage to create space.
  • Bring jo forward into gyakute grip to meet opponent’s sword in space.
  • Draw back to hiki otoshi, then strike under opponent’s wrists withwith Kuri Hanashi.

Shamen (Hidden down)

  • Evade attack to head.
  • Cross left hand to assume gyaku grip and then strike from right, rising to hit opponent’s temple.
  • When opponent draws sword to jodan, step forward with Kaeshi Zuki.

Sakan (Energy)

  • Opponent thrusts to solar plexus and jo is brought from ichimonji to deflect.
  • Kuri Hanashi strike to the sword, followed.
  • Opponent retreats, brings sword to hasso and then threatens.
  • Draw back into hiki otoshi, and then strike down on sword.

Monomi (On Guard)

  • Take monomi posture and as opponent strikes to head, draw back and then strike opponent’s forearm with honte uchi.
  • As opponent draws sword to jodan, go to gyaku zuki and strike to solar plexus.

Kasumi (Blinding)

  • Meet opponent at maai with jo in gyaku grip
  • Drive sword down and threaten eyes to cause retreat.
  • When opponent retreats, draw back to hiki otoshi, Then strike upward to attack wrists in kuri tsuke.
  • Drive up and back with tai atari.
  • Opponent retreats, so draw back to hiki otoshi on your left side.
  • Again, attack wrists from below when opponent strikes, using kuri tsuke.
  • Drive opponent back with kaeshi tsuke to solar plexus and threaten.
  • Recover.

Stripe/Belt Testing and Christmas Break

In December, we will be doing various stripe and belt testing for our juniors and youth. COVID continues to through a lot of people’s training schedules out of whack, and since there were basically no promotions for most of 2020, we are working to get everyone back on track.

There are also a number of junior yellow belts transferring to youth yellow belt. Unfortunately, we had to order new solid yellow belts because all the belts we have are adult sizes. Those should come in next week (12/20).

Monday, 12/20 will be the last class of 2021. We’ll have a couple weeks off and begin the 2022 training season on January 17. The first session remains 7:00-7:30pm. Since we moved the adult classes to Manchester (Wednesday and Friday, 6:00-7:00am @ the Training Station), the second session at 7:30pm is more open-ended and involves more advanced work. It often runs to 8:15pm or so.


Professor Tomiki believed strongly that a combination of jūdo and kendō principles (genri) were vital to development of practical jūjutsu (what he later called his aikidō). Tegatana dosa is a core piece of kendō principles applied without a blade. Nariyama Shihan later distilled these are the 3 Principles and 6 Concepts.

Tegatana Dosa (Drilling)

The power of tegatana dosa does not come from hand motion. The hands themselves are relatively poor at doing anything but grabbing small things. Tegatana is a weapon, and the body wields it. True swordwork comes from the hips (koshi) and core (hara), transmitted through the musculoskeletal system and extended through the hands.

The ten movements of tegatana dosa are meant to develop and refine the transmission of power through tegatana. The movements are distinct because the body movement is distinct. The movement of tegatana is powered through the shifting of gravity in the lower body to produce kinetic energy which is redirected and amplified through the core. 

Katana and Tegatana

Two 15th century blades, mounted by Iwamoto Konkan in the 18th century. On display in the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We are all familiar with the katana, the curved steel blade of the samurai. This curved shape is practical, reflecting a very specific method of cutting; and that method can be translated into our movements in aikido through tegatana dosa. 

The vestiges of old sword work are still present in kendo’s terminology for the three large sections or zones of the sword. Each zone can be described by its function. Tegatana can then be described in roughly the same terms.

Tsubamoto (鍔元)
Beginning at Guard
Nakahodo (中程)
Middle Section
Monouchi (もの打ち)
Striking Point
Ude (腕)
The upper arm
Hiji/Kote (肘/小手)
Te/Shote (手/初手)
Hand/Edge of Hand

It is the monouchi that does the cutting in a sword, just as te is the cutting edge of tegatana. This is why monouchi is also called satsu. But it is the middle section, nakahodo on the sword and hiji/kote on tegatana, that transmits the body’s power to the cutting edge. The body makes the cut. The hand makes the kill.