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
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,
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
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
Our 2016 Annual Update is now available for download in PDF format. Learn about our initiatives, achievements, and insights from last year.
“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
In the martial arts, awareness and timing are generally more important than speed. I’ve been outmaneuvered too many times by masters moving at a fairly “casual” speed to believe otherwise. However, speed is important and should be improved if it can be done without neglecting higher priority attributes. If you are fast enough to execute
On the early days of the Inosanto Academy Jeff Imada is an American martial artist, Hollywood stunt and fight coordinator, 2nd unit director, and stunt performer. He is considered one of the most respected in the industry, with a resume that includes over 400 films and TV episodes. Imada’s best known work includes Furious Seven (2015), Hanna (2011), The Book of
Continuing our collaboration with some of the best bladed weapon specialists in the world, we’ve distilled insights we’ve gained into a series of concepts we’d like to share with the community. Learning from the Blademasters The Inosanto Academy is one of the most prestigious martial arts academies in the world and has deep specialization in edged
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