More on Jack Mumpower from the Web

Here are some more clips on Jack Mumpower from around the internet (credit is given as best and where it can be given)


My training experience that is relevant to the topic is Shodokan Aikido — None. Hence my use of the term Tomiki Aikido instead of Shodokan Aikido. While the Shodokan is the largest organization it is not the only one that traces its roots back to Tomiki. We (the group I train with) trace back to Tomiki through Jack Mumpower, who trained with Tomiki and Oba in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Mumpower was trained before there was a Shodokan, before Tomiki developed randori, and before the 17 randori techniques were developed. Mumpower is a difficult man on his best days and organizations have never been his thing. At some point Mr. Tomiki dispatched a senior student to the US to teach Jack the 17 so we are familiar with them but prefer the 15.

Mark Jakabcsin
Dojo: Charlotte Systema, Charlotte, NC

And then there’s this:

He studied under Kenji Tomiki and Hideo Ohba in Japan in the late-1950’s, four nights a week for more than two years with no intermediate instructors. In 1960, he returned to North Carolina with Mr. Tomiki’s blessing and opened the very first Tomiki Aikido dojo in North America. At 81 years of age, Mr. Mumpower continues to teach the exact same principles that he was taught by Mr Tomiki himself

-Jesse Boyd (Vale, North Carolina)

Next up is a link to a You-Tube of Jack Mumpower and Hideo Ohba demonstrating Koryu no Kata (video):

This footage from 1960 reveals Jack Mumpower and Hideo Ohba demonstrating the Basic 15 (as originally taught by Mr. Tomiki) as well as Randori and some parts of Old Style 3. Jack Mumpower trained under Mr. Tomiki and Hideo Ohba at Fuchu Air Force Station in Japan four days a week for more than two years and then opened the first indigenous Tomiki Aikido dojo in North America in Charlotte, NC in 1960.

Finally, there is this from Eddie Wolput (who was the first, I believe to publish one of Jack’s Video Demonstrations on YouTube)

Pioneer of Tomiki Aikido Jack Mumpower trained with Kenji Tomiki, Hideo Ohba and Senta Yamada in Japan four nights a week for more than two years while serving in the United States Air Force. Upon returning home in 1959, he opened the first Tomiki Aikido dojo in the United States in Charlotte, NC. Basic 15 is a part of Tomiki’s early training system.
During his time in Japan, Koryu no kata was not yet formalized, but all the techniques were already practiced. Mumpower made a videotape with Koryu no kata Dai 1 & 2. On this tape there are many other “Waza” and also “old style” free play with and without weapons.

Jack told me one time, personally, that he opened the first Aikido dojo in the United States in Mint Hill, NC. Charlotte NC is close enough to Mint Hill, I suppose, though they are quite different in character. Mint Hill was an important historical location, gold having been discovered there in Goose Creek. I have panned there, myself.

Jack grew up north of Charlotte near a place known as Huntersville in Northern Mecklenburg County. Huntersville NC is important to Early American History.