Inland Empire, Calif. Former national Aikido Champion Sean Masiki Flynn is a judge and referee at the 2018 US National Championship Tournament in San Diego, at Mesa College Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, 2018.
Aikido seminars and workshops are all day Friday, and kyogi (competition) begins on Saturday and Sunday. The competition will be comprised of the usual events: Individual Randori (men and women); Embu (junanahon empty-handed); Black Belt Embu (junanahon with tanto); Koryu Goshin no Kata Embu (all ranks); and Freestyle Embu (all ranks) Kongodantaisen (under the new modified format)
Participants are responsible for their own lodgings and food (except the award banquet). The cost to compete are: $100 for TAA Members, $120 for non-members and $20 for awards banquet at 6:00pm on Sunday July 29th.
Open to competitors 14 years and older. Registration is open until July 19. To register go to https://tomiki.org/nationals2018/
Tomiki Aikido of the Americas, Inc. (TAA) was established in 1990 to promote the practice of Professor Kenji Tomiki’s system of sport Aikido. The organization brings together Aikido clubs in North, South and Central America with publications, newsletters, seminars, and competitions. They also coordinate activities with other national and international Aikido organizations.
Flynn is 4th degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. He is direct student of world champion Robert Dziubla (8th dan). He received additional extensive training in Japan under grand masters Tetsuo Nariyama (9th dan), Fumiaki Shishida (8th dan), and Kenshi Uno (7th Dan).
The dan (段) ranking system is used by many Japanese organizations and Korean martial arts to indicate the level of one’s ability within a certain subject matter.
Championships won by Flynn include: Overall National Champion (forms plus full-contact), 2014; National Forms Champion, 2008; Full-contact runner up, 2006 U.S. National Aikido Tournament; Aikido full-contact champion, 2005 Arnold Battle of Columbus; and National Forms Champion, 2002
A former coach, five of Flynn’s students—Robyn Millan, Jack McKenna, Janine Parziale, Jeff Stickle, and Tiffany Doan—have won U.S. national championships in either forms or sparring. He is also a member of the Tomiki Aikido of the Americas Board of Directors.
Flynn is also running for Congress in the 31st Congressional District in San Bernardino California. Flynn lives in Redlands CA.