Tom Dijkman was born on the 15th of May, 1970. He began studying Aikido when he was 19 years old. When he was 25, he met his current mentor, Wilko Vriesman (6th Dan Aikikai), for the first time.
Vriesman Sensei follows the teachings of Christian Tissier Sensei (7th Dan Akikai). He is in close contact and holds exchanges with, among others: Ikeda Sensei (7th Dan) from Boulder, Colorado (USA); Isoyama Sensei (8th Dan), the technical adviser of the IAF; Dojo Cho in Iwama (Japan) and Kobayashi Sensei (7th Dan), a Hombu Dojo Instructor in Tokyo (Japan).
Inspired by Vriesman Sensei, Tom earned his 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dans. Through the Vriesman dojo, Tom attended many national and international seminars, primarily those held by Tissier Sensei, but also Endo Sensei, Kobayashi Sensei and Ikeda Sensei. During these seminars, he got to know many foreign aikidokas.
In 2003, Tom went to Japan for the first time with Vriesman Sensei, to study at the Hombu Dojo. Since then, he visit Japan regularly, to train in the Hombu dojo, and in 2005 and 2008 he took part in the 10th IAF (international aikido federation) congress in Tanabe, where he was a member of the DAF delegation which gave demonstrations there. In 2010 he went to Japan for four weeks to train intensively at the Hombu dojo. In 2011, he visited the Hombu Dojo again, and attended a seminar by Christian Tissier and Masatoshi Yasuno Sensei in Kyoto.
There’s room for growth within Wilko Vriesman’s dojo, and Tom regularly gives lessons there. He remains inspired to further develop himself through Wilko Vriesman. Tom attends seminars in Europe, in particular those of Christian Tissier. Through intensive training and working closely with Vriesman en Tissier, Tom developed his Aikido and earned his 4th Dan in 2006.
Between 2002 and 2006, Tom managed a dojo in Landsmeer. Starting in 2006, he gave weekly lessons at the Vriesman Dojo in Amsterdam. He is a guild member of the Dutch Aikikai Foundation, and involved in the Dan graduations of the Dutch Aikikai. Within the Dutch Aikikai, he gives regional seminars, as well as preparation instruction for the 3rd Dan. He opened his own dojo in Amsterdam in 2010.
His teaching method is a clear translation of working with a good entry point, working on lines and with precision. He combines this with a solid centre within a relaxed and open body.
In January of 2012, Tom was nominated for a 5th Dan by Christian Tissier, which was approved during the annual Kagami Biraki ceremony in the Hombu dojo in Japan. Tom received his certificate for his 5th Dan from Christian Tissier at the Aikibridge in April, 2012 in Amsterdam.