Morihei Ueshiba (14 December 1883 - 26 April 1969) was a long time practitioner of Daito-Ryu AiKi-jujutsu and created Aikido, the harmonious way, at the close of the Meji Restoration. Ueshiba is sometimes referred to by some aikido practitioners as O'Sensei. Ueshiba envisioned aikido not only as the synthesis of his martial training, but as an expression of his personal philosophy of universal peace and reconciliation. During Ueshiba's lifetime and continuing today, aikido has evolved from the Aiki that Ueshiba studied into a wide variety of expressions by martial artists throughout the world.
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Shodokan Aikido (Shodokan Aikido) is the style of Aikido founded by Kenji Tomiki(Tomiki Kenji, 1900-1979), one of the early students of the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba. Shodokan Aikido is sometimes referred to as "Sport Aikido" because of its use of regular competitions, and although Tomiki used the name Shodokan, the style is still often referred to as 'Tomiki Aikido'. Shodokan places more emphasis on free-form randori sparring than most other styles of aikido. The training method requires a balance between randori and the more stylized kata training along with a well-developed set of training drills both specific for randori and for general aikido development. The participation in actual shiai (competitive randori) very much depends on the club with greater emphasis being found in the university clubs, although randori is core to all Shodokan clubs.
Source: Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shodokan_Aikido)
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