Aikido practice presupposes non-resitance theory, non-violence, and non-aggression; it is an art that cultivates spirit and beauty. Aikido is directed toward the coordination of your body rhythm and movements with those of your opponent, and it develops a efficient use of mind and body. It involves the physical skills of power, speed, coordination, and movement perception. Technically, you attack your opponent’s physiologically weak structural points, such as pressure points and joints of the human body, as well as the dynamic weak points, such as the opponent’s balance (i.e., when the opponent’s balance is in flux.)  For example, if your opponent is bigger than you and pushes against your chest, you will naturally lose your balance and fall down.  But if when the same opponent pushes you, your feet and body move backward faster than you are pushed, your opponent will lose balance in direct relation to the exertion of strength, and may even fall down. If at this time you apply the techniques of Aikido, you need only minimum effort to achieve maximum results.

Nobuyoshi Higashi, Aikido, Tradition and New Tomiki Free Fighting Method, (USA, Unique Publications, 1989), pp.1,2

In short, the Aikido student begins by learning balance and movement, then how to take joints, throw by twisting the wrist or elbow, or pushing his opponent’s body using non-resistance theory.

The United States Tomiki Aikido Association was established in 1976 By Nobuyoshi Higashi.  This organization was recognized by Kenji Tomiki (Founder of the Japan Aikido Association) on August 22nd, 1979.  The first United States Tomiki Aikido Championships was held in 1989.

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