50th All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demo – Thambu Sensei


At the 50th All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demonstration held in late September 2005, Joe Thambu Sensei was awarded the Tokubetsu Embu Sho or Demonstration Special Award. Thambu Sensei’s winning demonstration incorporated suwari-jiyuwaza (seated freestyle techniques), self defence, jo (staff) and futari dori jiyuwaza (2 man attack freestyle) to name a few. According to one of the judges the ‘tokubetsu sho’ is reserved for the demonstration judged to be the best and most interesting.

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25 thoughts on “50th All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demo – Thambu Sensei”

  1. LoL , this aikido is for old farts.

    stick to mma , bjj or kudo if u r young.

    i don’t think aikido works as self defense.

    looks like dancing for old farts.

  2. @UmmOkay40 okay guys.. a year ago I commented on a post that was later removed , by some M.M.A. armchair quarterback…. I have the upmost respect for Thambu Sensei and I am a 25 year practitioner of Yoshinkan myself peace to you all and good training…

  3. Sorry to hear about the injury 23nycpss – questionable control by whoever did the technique on you but the point about potential damage with wrist techniques is clear. I remember a story I heard – not sure if it was Shioda (one of the smaller masters anyway). Big 6ft 5in hulk decided he’d be awkward when the master was demonstrating nikkyo by raising his arm above the masters head – master shrugged and dropped into seiza – snapped the guys wrist. Motto – whole body on wrist = hospital

  4. I didn’t even resist a kotegaeshi and ended up tearing the scaphoid-lunate ligament of the wrist.
    The tear was complete so surgery to repair it was done; four pins for four months in a cast and three months rehab is what it cost me.
    To any one practicing be careful and never let your guard down. I was ‘heavy’ on my feet and didn’t keep my body closer to the wrist. I will have to practice with a brace but will never have the flexibility I had before. Be careful all.
    I practice in New York

  5. But you forget Aikido’s roots: daito ryu, jiu jitsu etc etc. As with most martial arts it has historic roots. Re the throwing comment by yevgeniypro – it’s about self preservation and riding the wave. Trust me when I say you don’t want to be resisting someone like Joe Thanbu doing wrist techniques – wrists snap VERY easily and ligaments tear when whole body hits joint, and this is probably about 60-70% of Joe Thanbu’s natural speed. this Uke is good. Most people would end up in hospital

  6. O’Sensei is quoted as saying that in a real fight atemi makes up 70% of aikido. It is an aspect that gets seriously neglected nowadays because of the way we train. It is AMAZING how more effective aikido becomes when you start applying real atemi, especially when your attacker comes in with real intent. It can be literally devastating. I have spat out blood on more than one occasion! Don’t forget the primary principle of aikido is to disturb balance – not to throw, funnily enough!

  7. No, that is not the reason at all. Think about the premise for UFC etc etc – attack, attack, attack. Aikido is not about fighting, it’s about control. I can really understand why Aikido gets criticised the way it does but it’s all about context.True, there is a philosophy to Aikido, but don’t be fooled – it is as nails as they come in terms of effectiveness – but like any martial art its only as good as the person doing it. Train with Robert Mustard Sensei and you’ll see what I mean.

  8. In a fighting context suwari waza goes back to ancient Japan and time of Shogun. It’s relavance now is not in fighting but in developing hip, leg and foot strength – if you can do a technique properly on your knees whilst remaining true to principles you’ll do it standing so easy it’s not true! Do thirty minutes of suwari waza training and you’ll get the idea.

  9. Oh, you lose sweat for sure. Especially as Uke. Running after Tori with stubborn overcomittment, getting up fast, attacking again, and again, and doing 4/5 of the whole work… . As Uke you show know sense for maai at all. So Tori doesn’t really has to work on his either.

  10. The uke in this video is amazingly fit, and he’s taking some serious ukemi. The only way you get to this standard is by taking ukemi regularly. If you’re not sweating after an aikido class you’re not doing aikido. Full stop. Whilst aikido does not involve fighting that doesn’t mean it doesn’t involve effort – and lots of it. If you’re truly not tired my advice is to go and find a proper teacher as you’re being sold short.

  11. Oh and by the way, aikido demos look flashy and all the throws seem awesome because the one thrown takes the ukemi, and knows how to fall safely, thus making the throw look great. Otherwise it would be a very, very short demonstration. It hurts to be thrown if you don’t know how to take an ukemi. It really does.

  12. Well in that case you’ve never been to an Aikido class and your opinion matters about as much to me as a dog shit in China.

  13. in my opinion, after an standard aikido class you’re not tired, you didnt even sweat , and if your hole body aches is because you’ve been treated as sparring material. see ye.

  14. From personal experience, and this is from someone who has practiced Shotokan Karate for a long time…Aikido is a hell of a lot harder than it looks, and after a class you’re extremely tired and your whole body aches.

  15. lol forgive me that was the wrong word to use,,,he did use the technique taught by o sensei, but then so did tohie an gozo shioda, yet there jo katas an various other things differ from each other, yet they are all difernt in some way, which i think points of the point i made on the last comment about ppl taking what they want from aikido

  16. Simonchiplin, I applaud your way of thinking but I dare say that if Saito Sensei was alive he`d smack you one for saying he`d modified o`Sensei`s technique. He always said he`d “practised the same technique as O`Sensei”

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