Valencia (Xàtiva) Tomiki Aikido
Winter Course 2015
serving the Alicante and Valencia Spanish regions
Sirviendo las regiones Españolas de Alicante y Valencia








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  04 Feb 2018



STUDY GROUP TOMIKI AIKIDO - 30th January to 1st February 2015


Valencia (Xàtiva) Tomiki Aikido - SWEEPS & TURNS 2015
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REPORT (pdf):


Tradition and Knowledge:  Study Group Tomiki Aikido

Chief Instructors/Examiners Study Group Tomiki Aikido

Eddy Wolput 7th Dan (JAA) - JAA-Shihan
Frits van Gulick 7th Dan (JAA) - JAA-Shihan

Instructors/Examiners Study Group Tomiki Aikido

Adrian Tyndale 6th Dan (JAA) International Silver Medallist
Gina De Weerdt  5th Dan (JAA) former European Kata Champion 
Koos de Graaff 5th Dan (JAA)
Mike Thraves 4th Dan (JAA)
Pierre Alain Zeiter 4th Dan (JAA)
Gitte Wolput 3rd Dan (JAA) former World & European Champion

This weekend (as advertised a couple of months ago) we have the pleasure to count on Adrian Tyndale Sensei 6th Dan (JAA)to impart a seminar on Renraku and Rensoku Waza; a very interesting topic, especially for those who will be competing at the World Championships this year.

Seminar starts Friday at 19:00pm in the Almussafes Town Hall Dojo.  If anyone is around the area you will be more than welcome.



·         The idea of linking techniques in a continuous way.

·         Initiation or completion can be from either participant.

·         To start the techniques can alternate between the participants.

·         As this develops it will "Free-wheel" so that a feel for what is necessary will just happen.

·         It will develop and hone the skills needed for Randori.

·         As a start it can be approached in a formal way, like a Kata, where a specific series of techniques can be adopted.

·         In a sense, each technique creates a problem to be solved and the solution becomes a skill which slowly improves.

·         A small step to Randori.


Tori attempts a technique knowing that Uke will respond in a particular so that Tori can do their "Real" Technique


Tori’s attempt is blocked from doing their chosen technique by Uke.  Tori changes to a more suitable technique and so on.


STUDY GROUP TOMIKI AIKIDO - Friday 30th January, 2015 - 19:00pm - 21:00pm


Warm up

·        Try spine exercises sitting or kneeling

·        Upper and middle only.

·        Standing for the hips.

Try to simplify the moves so that there is a faster connection when using practically.

·        Isolate spine front active, back active.

·        Include shoulder area; back active, front active.

·        One might use combinations of lower back active whilst the shoulders are active open.

·        Or front active at the top of the spine whilst the chest is active open.

·        Legs too can open and close.

Practise isolating the movement of the Femur without moving anything else.

·        Each side then alternate.

Kneeling or sitting, with partner:

·        Outside turn

·        Inside turn

·        Inside sweep

·       Outside sweep

See the effect on Uke.  Uke should feedback the feeling.

Uke change grip at the natural point.

Use other hand to attempt a second grip.

Tori feel the spine and inner body driving the action.

Translate what is learned to standing.

·        The Hara can drop more but be careful of how the knees are used to achieve this.

By training Uke to keep changing grip a form of Renzoku Waza is happening.

·        Tori is attempting a technique knowing that Uke will respond in a particular way so that Tori can then do their "Real" Technique.

Start by linking Outside Turn with Inside Turn then Inside Sweep with Outside Sweep.  Tori wait for the trigger from Uke.  This timing is important so that Uke is "Sucked" into the next move or technique.

A full report and a short video of some elements today’s session can be viewed on our Website:

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Saturday & Sunday


STUDY GROUP TOMIKI AIKIDO - Saturday 31st January, 2015 - 9:30am - 14:00pm

Nine years ago the class line-up was a mixture of white and yellow belts.




This weekend the students ranged from 3rd Dan to 1st Kyu; from the perspective of belt colour we are happy to be “On The Dark Side”.

Start-up exercises

In response to yesterday’s sitting spine loosening and warming exercises by popular demand we repeated the sequence today.  The student’s found that it was less difficult to “Wake-up” the muscle groups associated with the upper spine and middle spine areas without the complexities of the hips and knees.  Sitting or kneeling achieves this.  However this is just a stepping stone to help identify the muscle groups.  The full benefit will only be possible by doing these exercises standing so that the whole body is worked.


For the benefit of those unable to make yesterday’s session we recapped some of the more important elements.

For the first part of today’s session we focussed our movements at Chudan level.  We used Inside Sweep into Outside Sweep into Inside Sweep to stimulate Uke to change grip whilst Tori worked on the timing of their change.

This was repeated for Outside Sweep into Inside Sweep into Outside Sweep.

Then we repeated the Inside Sweep sequence adding Outside Turn at the end, as Tori gripped Uke’s wrist.

The same was applied with the Outside Sweep sequence adding Inside Turn into a grip at the end.

For the more advanced student’s Inside Sweep was performed from a reverse posture grip and Outside Sweep was performed from a regular posture grip rather like that of Sotai Doza.


After a short water break we moved on to elements of Nana Hon no Kuzushi.

·        The concept of using sweeps and turns to create balance breaking at different levels; Jodan, Chudan and Gedan.

To start with we concentrated on Jodan Kuzushi, first Omote then Ura and finally an application.  Again the action of Uke was important in terms of their intent.

Uke keeps changing grip and is always thinking with each hand separately, one then the other gripping the wrist then the Gi.

·        Uke must try not to release the first grip as the threat of Atemi Waza from Tori is very high.

With the Jodan Kuzushi application we used Inside Sweep into Ushiro Ate to stimulate Uke's attack sequence and Tori's response.  The training developed from basic Omote then to Ura then to application; Uke always using one hand then the other.

To promote Renraku Waza Uke counters the Ushiro Ate with Gedan Ate then Tori counters with Ushiro Ate or Aigamae Ate.

Tori’s attempt is blocked from doing their chosen technique by Uke.  Tori changes to a more suitable technique and so on.

Examples of how Tori can control Uke’s movement by pinning them onto their heels were explored.

Applications to Tanto Randori were also explored.


Finally we concentrated on Gedan Kuzushi, first Omote then Ura and ending with applications promoting Renraku Waza.  Again the action of Uke was important in terms of their intent.

Once more applications relating to Tanto Randori were also explored.






STUDY GROUP TOMIKI AIKIDO - Sunday 1st February, 2015 - 9:30am - 14:00pm

Start-up exercises

We started with our sitting/kneeling spine loosening and warming exercises working on the upper and mid-sections of the body.

More and detailed explanations can be now seen on our Wikispaces pages:

·         Basic Exercises

·         Sotai Dosa

·         Tegatana Awase

·         Nana-hon no kuzushi - Omote and Ura

When done correctly the breathing will increase as these big muscles need more oxygen.


As a method to correctly engage the action of the knees we paired up.  The exercise involved squatting but avoiding bringing the knees forward; this is where the partner assisted by providing a small amount of support so that the exerciser didn’t fall backwards.  Lastly some stretching; mainly working on the Psoas group of muscles.

In today’s session we used Basic Kata and counters to promote and stimulate Renraku Waza.  We studied several related points which linked to Randori and Tanto Randori.

The general theme was:

·        To do it slowly to start

·        To keep the movement big and continuous

·        Generally relax the arm if it is gripped, twisted or turned

·        Use Aiki-Age & Aiki-Sage using front active and back active respectively

·        Use spiralling and sinking / dropping





Atemi Waza (Attack Techniques) (5)


(Suggested Counter to Counter)


1. Shomen-ate (Front Attack)

1. Waki-gatame

1. Gyakugamae-ate


2. Aigamae-ate (Regular Attack)

2. Oshitaoshi 

2. Tenkai-kotemawashi


3. Gyakugamae-ate (Reverse Attack)

3. Gedan-ate

3. Ushiro-ate


4. Gedan-ate (Low Attack)

4. Aigamae-ate

4. Hiki-otoshi


5. Ushiro-ate (Rear Attack)

5. Tenkai-kotehineri 

5. Kataguruma






Kansetsu Waza (Joint Techniques)  (5)


(Suggested Counter to Counter)


6. Oshitaoshi (Push down)

6. Oshitaoshi

6. Kote-gaeshi


8. Hikitaoshi (Pull down)

7. Tenkai-kotehineri

7. Ushiro-ate


12. Kote-gaeshi (Reverse wrist turn)

8. Kote-gaeshi

8. Aigamae-ate


13. Tenkai-kotehineri (Reverse wrist twist)

9. Waki-gatame

9. Gyakugamae-ate or Aigamae ate


14. Tenkai-kotegaeshi (Regular wrist turn)

10. Tenkai-kotegaeshi

10. Hiki-otoshi





Kansetsu Waza (Joint Techniques) 

(Suggested Counter)

7. Udegaeshi (Arm turn)

Turning Aigamae ate

9. Udehineri (Entangled arm twist)


10. Wakigatame (Side control)


11. Kotehineri (Regular wrist twist)

Aigamae ate / Gyakugamae ate



Uki Waza (Floating Techniques)

(Suggested Counter)

15. Maeotoshi (Front drop)

Aigamae ate

16. Sumiotoshi (Corner drop)


17. Hikiotoshi (Pulling drop)

Shomen ate


The “Counter to Counter Plus Seven Kata” was created with Renraku Waza in mind and that the last technique ends with Shomen ate (Left), which means that the entire sequence could be repeated on the other side and so on.

These are by no means exclusive, but as a guide.  During practise several other options where found.

The course was intended to promote experimentation.  In the case of a short light weight Tori with a larger Uke the student was encouraged to adapt the techniques to suit that combination.

Examples of Sutemi Waza were used to illustrate the possible power achievable.





13 - 15FEB2015 with Eddy Wolput in  Antwerp,  BELGIUM

06 –  08MAR2015 with Gitte Wolput in  Almussafes,  SPAIN

20 - 22MAR2015 with Eddy Wolput in  Antwerp,  BELGIUM 

17 - 19APR2015 with Eddy Wolput in  Margate, UK

15 - 17MAY2015 with Eddy Wolput in  Antwerp,  BELGIUM 

19 - 21JUN2015 with Eddy Wolput in  Antwerp,  BELGIUM




with Eddy Wolput in Margate UK provisional

31JUL- 02AUG2015

with Eddy Wolput in Antwerp , BELGIUM  provisional


with Eddy Wolput in Antwerp , BELGIUM provisional


with Eddy Wolput in Antwerp , BELGIUM provisional


with Eddy Wolput in Almussafes , SPAIN provisional


with Eddy Wolput in Antwerp , BELGIUM provisional


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