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I can answer questions regarding Aikido, particularly a highly advanced form of Tomiki Aikido, primarily concerned with self defence in real situations. I can address the basic techniques, releases, and the advanced kata as well as high level concepts of constant movement (kihara), balance breaking (kuzushi), internalization of techniques and chaining of techniques. Can also offer guidance in what to look for in selecting a dojo and an instructor.

Experience in the area

I have been recognized for my skill in teaching new students and raising them to a high level of proficiency in a short time. As a trained scientist I like to reduce the Aikido techniques to their basic physics enabling a new student to see the essence of the technique.


Bachelor of Science and Master of Science. 26 years experience in the petroleum industry as well as mentoring and teaching new scientists and non-technical co-workers. Also Teaching at the college level.

What do you like about this subject?

The Style of Aikido I practice provides superior self defense, refraining from competition, we need not teach artificial constraints to prevent injury. We do not internalize limitations. We practice for failure,we do not assume all techniques will work, we internalize options for failure of a technique.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

High level teaching at my own dojo.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Weighing 250lbs, one can with one step, deliver over 500 foot pounds of energy to my opponent without throwing a punch or kick.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Some forms are superior to other forms of Aikido.

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Jack08/05/13101010Thank you Keith. Splendid answer. Thanks.
Luca11/27/12101010Thank you Very Helpful!
Orlando01/24/11101010I am very grateful for the clear .....

Recent Answers from Keith Patton

2016-01-05 Aikido Newbie wanting to add other martial art:

I studied an offshoot of Tomiki Aikido.  It was different that traditional Tomiki.    Not at all like Ueshiba.  We did all our techniques in a fluid style, practicing our moves in a continuous chain of

2016-01-03 Aikido Newbie wanting to add other martial art:

Daniel:    First, I don't know what school or style of aikido you might be studying.  There are a lot of differences between them, and the approach each dojo takes might differ as well.    For my own part

2013-08-01 Difference between judo and aikido physics.:

Jack:    Good questions.    My former sensei was a one time coach for the US Olympic Judo team, back in the 70's.  He was first and foremost a Judoka.  Since Judo was and is pretty well defined he saw

2012-08-06 intimidating situations:

Bruno:    Really the only way to deal with that situation is to try to maintain mai or react when the aggressor breaks mai.  The problem with the latter is the agressor may not make an overt attack that

2011-01-22 Chendokan:

Orlando:    It looks like a spin off of Traditional Ueshiba Aikido by a 6th or 7th tier student.  Like I said in my last post, students do that a lot. By Tier, I mean, how far removed from Ueshiba.  I


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