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.

Ben Duggar Memorial Kata Training Event

April 1, 2023, 9:00am-4:00pm (dinner to follow)

April 1 marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Ben Duggar, who brought Tomiki Aikido to New Hampshire in 2001. He tragically passed away in 2013 after a long fight with ALS.

In memory of Ben, the members of the Manchester Budo Club and Chūshin Aikido are holding a Kata workshop. The focus of the workshop will be competition-ready kata performance, with Ari Reinstein serving as lead instructor, assisted by Erik DiVietro.

Embu, or Kata demonstration, demands precision of movement and a deep understanding of intent. Since the demonstrations are partnered, it also involves teamwork between the participants.

Doors open at 9:00am on Saturday, April 1, 2023. After a short check-in period, we will begin with a traditional Shodokan warmup led by Reinstein Sensei. After that, we will spend the morning working on the Ju Nana Hon (17) randori no kata. Following lunch, we will devote the afternoon to Goshin no Kata, the empty-hand forms from the Koryu Dai San no Kata.

Bedford Road Baptist Church
67 Bedford Rd, Merrimack, NH


Registration includes lunch being brought in and a dinner Saturday night in honor of Ben Duggar Sensei.

Register Today

Complete the form to register. Donations will be collected at the door (cash, check, credit/debit). The suggested donation is $30, which will cover lunch and minimal travel expenses. Net proceeds after expenses and additional donations will be used to create a scholarship in honor of Ben Duggar Sensei. This scholarship to help one (1) member of Team USA to travel to the 3rd WSAF World Championships in Nara, Japan this July. We are grateful for your generosity in your contributions.

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.