Freeplay (Randori) along with Kata practice are balanced but essential aspects of training within Tomiki Aikido and provide a holistic, structured and educational approach to the learning and teaching of Aikido. These methods of training are fundamental to everyday practice and are essential elements in all competition.
Kata provides the core knowledge, skills and understanding through the development of sequenced learning practice focusing on the basic principles of Aikido. These basic principles including posture and balance, avoidance and blending, maintaining appropriate distance, balance breaking and direction of throw, exploiting Ukes weaknesses. Kata is used as a core building block for skill development.
Randori provides a variety of applications of technique from Kakarigeiko (Randori without or with light resistance) to Hikitategeiko (Randori with counters and combinations with varying degrees of resistance)
Both these practices are performed as elements of club practice, are present as part of the grading syllabus and are essential elements of competition at junior, youth and senior levels.
The British Aikido Association holds annual competitions across the country for both adults and juniors including: -
Senior (Adult) Competitions Competition Guidelines
- British National Championships
- British Club Team Championship
- British National Kyu Grade Championships
Junior and Youth Competitions Competition Guidelines
- British Junior National Championships
- British Open North Championships
- British Open South Championships
European Junior and Senior Competitions (In conjunction with ETAN) Competition Guidelines
- European Senior Open Championships
- European Junior Open Championships
International and World Championships (In conjunction with TAIN) Competition Guidelines
- International and World Championships
All competitions with the exception of the Junior/Youth and Adult British National Championship are open to all Aikidoka who carry appropriate and recognized personal insurance cover.
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BAA Competition Application Forms:
- BAA Kyu National Championship Entry Form >>
- BAA National Championships Entry Form >>
- BAA Team Championships Entry Form >>
- European Championship ETAN Entry Forms >>
- Junior and Youth Championship Entry Forms >>
Adult competitive Aikido or Shiai is an optional part of Aikido practice within the British Aikido Association. The main forms of competition are Embu (formal kata presentation), Ninindori (kakarigeiko) and Tanto Randori (full contact freeplay). In addition the Kongodantaisen is a seven person mixed team event combining embu and randori.
Embu is a formal presentation of Aikido Kata techniques by two people being observed by a judging panel. A smooth flowing performance demonstrating the purpose and understanding of the specific kata is required. Combined with movement and co-ordination between both participants, a first class representation of our activity results. Traditionally there are several categories of embu including: -
- Randori no kata (basic techniques)
- Koryu Dai San
- Open Kata
Ninin Dori is a “free-style” event with three players, men or women, each of whom in turn, take the part of the defender against the other two. Players are assessed on the variation of technique and attack, speed of performance, spatial awareness and general reaction under stress. This event requires considerable stamina and also tests the participant’s fitness
Tanto Randori (Shiai), in this event a player demonstrates their ability to deal with a thrusting attack from a short baton, formally known as a “Tanto”. Two players are involved, each in turn taking the part of an attacker (Tanto) and a defender (Toshu). The defender scores by the application of an Aikido technique against Tanto. The attacker can score by making a positive strike on the defender’s target area with the tanto and by using a limited number of techniques once grasped. There are bouts for men and women who may have grade restrictions applicable to them. Neither player is co-operating nor it is a true test of skill and technique. Juniors are not allowed to take part in Randori events.
Kogodantaisen is a seven-person event including: – Mixed event team contests are composed of matches of different events whose characteristic skills are from the training system taught by the first president, Kenji Tomiki. The event balances the practice of both Randori and Kata in parallel and includes: -.
- Basic Kata
- Koryu Dai San
- Tanto Avoidance
- Tanto Randori
- Toshu Randori
Toshu randori (Randori Kyogi ) Where two players compete against each other, both unarmed in an attempt to skillfully apply Randori techniques.
BAA Adult Competition Formats
British Aikido Association Senior Competition Rules >>
British National Championships results
British Club Team Championship results
British National Kyu Grade Championships results
European Senior Open Championships results
International and World Championships results >>
Historic Championship results
Junior and Youth Competition
Junior and Youth competitive Aikido is a popular part of the British Aikido Association annual calendar. Juniors compete in up to four disciplines from within three age categories. (Under 8s, 10s, and 12s) Youth also have five disciplines within two age categories, (14s and 16s). They perform Embu (kata) usually taken from the basic seventeen techniques of the Tomiki system and Open Kata demanding a higher level of skill with a broader range of technique being performed. Ninin Dori (kakarigeiko) with two attackers (ukes) performing against one (tori). This is a fast free flowing and dynamic event. Tanto Kakarigieko with one attacker defending against another with applied techniques and Tanto avoidance (Tai Sabaki) where two opponents take it in turns to use the Tanto in a best of six-strike contest.
Embu is a formal presentation of Aikido Kata techniques by two people being observed by a Judging Panel. A smooth flowing performance demonstrating the purpose and understanding of the specific Kata is required. Combined with movement and co-ordination between both participants. Juniors and Youth from the age of 5 years to under 16 years of age also compete in their own competitions.
Embu Open Kata is a formal presentation of Aikido Kata techniques created two people being observed by a Judging Panel. A smooth flowing performance demonstrating the purpose and understanding of the specific Kata is required. Combined with movement and co-ordination between both participants. Entry to this event is restricted to the Youth section 14 to 16 years of age.
Ninin Dori is a “free-style” event with three players, ladies, men or juniors, each of whom in turn, take the part of the defender against the other two. Players are assessed on the variation of technique and attack, speed of performance, spatial awareness and general reaction under stress. This event requires considerable stamina and also tests the participant’s fitness.
The event is designed to show Tori’s ability to deal with constant attacks from a Tanto (knife). Two competitors are to work together to show a variety of good techniques. The pace should be lively and enthusiastic and so prepares young competitors for the “vigorous” contest of Tanto Randori held within senior competitions.
Tanto Tai Sabaki
Two opponents have one minute each to execute six perfect Tanto strikes. Points are awarded for successful strikes to an opponent body and good positive avoidance
BAA Junior and Youth Competition Formats
British Aikido Association Junior Competition Rules >>
British Junior National Championships results
British Open North Championships results
British Open South Championships results
European Junior Open Championships results