A Call for Photography

While Aikido Journal has always possessed a staggering depth of historical information, one area we believe the journal can improve is in its ability to showcase the beauty and emotion of the art. Aikido looks amazing. Even the harshest critics of aikido freely compliment the beauty of its movements.  Aikido also transforms people. Determination, amazement,

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Community Insights

We recently organized a survey to get to know the Aikido Journal community better. With over 1,000 respondents, we’ve been able to get a much clearer picture of the community and had the opportunity to get lots of great feedback and ideas. We’d like to share some of the survey data with the community, along with our preliminary

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The Future of Aikido

After the passing of Stanley Pranin, founder of Aikido Journal, we organized a survey to get to know the aikido community better and learn more about its priorities. We’ll soon share more data, but the community voiced a clear interest in putting more focus on addressing important challenges facing the world of aikido today.  One such issue

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Internal Power: A Primer

  Internal power is one of the most mystical aspects of the martial arts. Masters of the principle can demonstrate feats that seem impossible to most. O-Sensei’s ability to stand his ground when being pushed by numerous larger opponents or Bruce Lee’s one-inch punch have captivated the imagination of martial artists for decades. Matsuoka Sensei has

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Turning Away Students

Before joining Ikazuchi Dojo’s traditional aikido program, we interview each prospective student. Not all are accepted. Since we’ve instituted this system, a few without detailed knowledge of our process have wondered if this is an elitist approach or in some way goes against the core philosophy of aikido.  We wanted to take the opportunity to outline

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A New Perspective on O-Sensei

Every aikido dojo has a picture of Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) mounted on the front wall of the dojo. As an old man, the venerable founder exudes compassion and enlightenment. At Ikazuchi Dojo, we have a fantastic picture of O-Sensei in his late 70s or early 80s, smiling, but with a piercing gaze. This is how I,

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A Call for Feedback

We’re looking for martial arts instructors with knife expertise (from any art) and aikido practitioners to give feedback on a series of new tanto-dori (knife defense) techniques and training methods we’ve been developing.  You can learn more about the project below. We look forward to receiving feedback and guidance from the community on our early stage

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Death by Disarm: Lessons Learned

After a period of immersion in dagger training with some of the world’s finest knife technicians, Matsuoka Sensei and Josh Gold have begun to develop an instructional strategy and an initial set of techniques designed to improve our tanto-dori (knife control) training. These efforts are in their earliest stages and we expect our technical and instructional

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Strike Deflections

“Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the face.” Mike Tyson We’ve noticed great interest in the aikido based strike deflections and hand movements developed at Tenshin Dojo in Osaka Japan and later popularized in a series of major motion pictures. With Haruo Matsuoka Sensei as our Chief Instructor, we have unique insight into

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