It is often called “Sports Aikido” or “Tomiki Aikido,” but its actual name is Shodokan Aikido. Tomiki Kenji, the founder of this style of Aikido, chose this name.
May 2, 2018
My name is Ian Box, but I write under the pseudonym, Marty Walpole.
I am from the small nation of New Zealand but lived in Australia for some years before coming to Japan in 1982.
The reason I came to Japan was to study the martial art of Shodokan Aikido, which is different from the Aikido most people are familiar with, although there are some similarities.
I still practice this art and probably will until I'm carrying out of the dojo in a pine box.
To make a living and keep myself and my family clothed and fed, I work as a high school English teacher in two schools - one is a public high school and the other private.
My other interests are reading, writing, watching movies and chilling out listening to 1970's rock - Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin, Bowie and so forth.
I would have to say that out of all my interests, save practicing Aikido, writing is the one I enjoy the most. I have written two novels and are about to complete my third; a fourth is cued in my mind and notes have been written.
For the most part, I primarily write fiction however my third foray into the world of literature is a book of anecdotes about my life in Japan. The book's working title is "Anecdotes of an Aikidoka in Japan."
I am married to a Japanese woman, and we have two children. Well, they're not precisely children any longer; a boy 13 and a girl 17.
My wife works at an international school and often requests me to help her with translation work.