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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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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Hijishime

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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