Ikazuchi translates directly as “thunder”. The name was given to us by Seiseki Abe Sensei (1915-2011), one of the closest and highest ranking disciples of the founder of aikido. Our logo is based on the symbol for thunder found in the I Ching, an ancient Chinese text that dates back over 3,000 years.
We stylized the original symbol to embody a hidden meaning. Angling the sides allows the logo to reveal a kanji character in the negative space. The character, “shi” is a title that represents one with an honorable and heroic spirit. This character, when combined with “bu” (martial), forms the word bushi, or samurai.
The logo acts as an easily recognizable icon, and conveys the literal meaning of our name while linking to a work of ancient wisdom, developed by some of the world’s great mentors. At the center of the logo, hidden in the negative space (the void), is a symbol that represents the spirit and values that inspire and lead us forward.