Introducing The Lab

Since launching Ikazuchi Dojo Online, we’ve received great feedback from our community. One thing we’ve discovered is that many Ikazuchi Dojo students and practitioners in our extended community want more exposure to our research efforts and special projects. After careful reflection on the best way to provide visibility into our research, experimentation, and projects, we decided to

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Thilo and Nastia at Ikazuchi Dojo

Building an Effective Instructor Team

Every dojo has a Chief Instructor, but to scale a martial arts academy, it is necessary to build a team of instructors.  We wanted to take the opportunity to share our approach to this challenge. Different dojos have different priorities, circumstances, and areas of focus. Our approach has been carefully designed to align with our

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Two years ago Matsuoka Sensei threw me with a form of hijishime I’d not experienced before. It was breathtakingly powerful and lightning fast. We’ve since gained a sincere appreciation for this technique at Ikazuchi Dojo. It works very well for even the smallest people in the dojo. We’ve taught this technique to students at the brown

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Grab Releases

Aikido practitioners typically embrace the grab of an attacker and use it to their advantage. However, there are times when escape is the best course of action. This is when grab releases become valuable. Purpose At Ikazuchi Dojo, we use grab releases in a variety of scenarios. Being able to quickly release a hold and disengage

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R&D Update: June 2016

It’s been a busy year for us. Since releasing our Annual Update for 2015, we’ve undertaken a number of new R&D initiatives, as well as moved forward in-progress projects. Here’s a quick update on three of them.   1. Tanto-Dori (knife defenses) Every martial art and every dojo’s training methods have their own strengths and weaknesses.

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Matsuoka and Pranin Discussion Series Part 4

In the final installment of this interview, Matsuoka Sensei talks about the teacher / student relationship and Pranin Sensei talks about his mission to help aikido practitioners build a stronger direct connection to O-Sensei. Pranin: Sensei, during the break we were talking about the fact that some people might be interested in finding out how

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