Tony Blomert is a writer and an American Aikidoka. He was first introduced to the martial art of Aikido as a college freshman over four decades ago, and still lives "the way of aiki" by practicing the principles in his everyday life. He began his studies in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido (1974), and received his dan ranking in 1978.
In 1976, while still a kyu-ranked student, he was asked to instruct the Aikido section of "an Introduction to the Martial Arts" -- an accredited curriculum at Los Angeles Valley College -- by his mentor, Dr. Lynn D. Lomen, and Sensei Steve Munchnikov. This instructional exposure inspired his avocation of helping others learn the Aiki way.
A serious student of budo (martial arts), his experience instructing others inspired his writing "the Aikidoka's World" blog from 2010 to 2013, and his book - An Open Secret -- a student's handbook to Aikido training. He also regularly contributes to the international forum www.AikiWeb.com.
Tony grew up in the Hollywood hills of Los Angeles, CA and became immersed in the fine arts and entertainment industries. He credits a great deal of his diversified interests on the many wonderful and talented individuals that were part of his youth. He followed his father's footsteps with a brief career in the music industry after graduating from Hollywood High School, but was determined to take a different path.
After earning a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles, he went into a career in public affairs - working first in the California State Assembly, and later in the private sector for several major corporations specializing in land-use issues. In 1990, he made another career change and moved to Nevada where he operated a successful swimming pool construction and maintenance company.
During his time in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tony returned to active training with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) under Sensei James Sterling.
Now living in Livingston, Montana on the banks of the famed Yellowstone River, Tony is growing his dojo for adults, teens and children.