Tony M. Blomert is the chief instructor at the Livingston, Montana dojo. He has nearly 40 years experience training in the martial arts and Aikido. He is a well-known authority having been the publisher of “The Aikidoka’s World” blog from 2010 – 2013 and An Open Secret – A Student’s Handbook for Learning Aikido Techniques of Self-Defense and the Aiki Way in 2014. The later is an Amazon “Best Seller.”
He began instructing in 1976 while a student of the Shin Shin Toitsu style of Aikido (presently known as Ki Aikido) in Los Angeles, CA. He attained yudansha ranking (black belt) for both technical and “ki” ability (So. California Ki Society). He later studied Judo and Aiki JuJitsu which is one of the historical foundations of Aikido. Blomert Sensei relocated to Southern Nevada in 1989 to follow business opportunities in the construction industry. In Las Vegas he became a member of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) under Shidokan Dojo Head Instructor, James Sterling, choosing to begin his training anew with no ranking. He later served as an Assistant Instructor at the Las Vegas dojo for a few years. He is presently ranked Shodan (1st Black Belt) with ASU and the International Aikikai. He moved to Livingston, Montana, in 2014.
His classes typically blend basic Aikido movement, ki energy extension, internal power development, and practical self-defense situational techniques. Blomert Sensei creates an energetic training curriculum designed specifically for the students present at each class. This makes every training session a unique learning experience for those present.