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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The Seminar: A New Blueprint

The Standard Seminar Formula The standard weekend seminar format is well known and has become refined over decades of modern martial arts training. A typical seminar will host a master or senior instructor for a weekend of training with a school’s students as well as practitioners from other local (and sometimes distant) schools joining in. These

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Making Our Aikido Effective

Recently, there’s been an active and healthy dialogue around the effectiveness of aikido as a martial art, and how the general lack of practitioners’ martial skill development has contributed to a decline in popularity of the art. After reflecting on our own dojo’s approach and contemplating ways we can improve in this area, we wanted

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