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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Speed

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

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Interview with Jeff Imada

  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

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Sharpening Your Sword

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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Photo Journal: Summer 2016

This photo journal contains imagery from events and training sessions this summer at Ikazuchi Dojo. You can click through on many of the images to see related articles or more information.  View more of our photo galleries on Facebook and Instagram.  

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Knife Party

Seeking martial artists familiar with a variety of weapons, mocap systems, and performance movement, we enlisted Jeff Imada and Lauren Kim to assist with Project Orion – the next step on our path to building capability and applications with our motion capture system.  Overcoming Accuracy Challenges Our motion capture system, the Perception Neuron, uses a new breed of IMU based

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Death by Disarm

One of our ongoing R&D initiatives is to explore the design space around aikido-based techniques and training methods to respond to a knife attack (tanto-dori). Tanto-dori has been an integral, but not heavily emphasized component of Aikido since since the early days of the art. It’s not a major focus for most aikido practitioners. No martial

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The Farewell Demonstration

It’s December of 1981 in Osaka, Japan. Steven Seagal Sensei holds a farewell demonstration at an event celebrating his return to America and the founding of Tenshin Dojo in the United States. Seiseki Abe Sensei (10th dan) and Hiroshi Isoyama Sensei (8th dan) are in attendance. The thundering demo takes place in a room with no tatami. Haruo

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