Aikido is a deep and complex art. While some techniques can be learned quickly, the art takes decades to master. With our ability to grow within our art over a lifetime, how can we best prepare our bodies to ensure high-performing movement capacity over the long term? One strategy is to employ a practice like yoga to
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
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.
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
At the end of the previous section of this discussion, Matsuoka Sensei was reflecting on his impressions of Guro (Sensei) Dan Inosanto. Matsuoka Sensei was strongly impacted by his humble energetic sprit, and his ability to maintain a pure beginner’s mind after 60+ years of martial arts training. Pranin: Many years ago I had a
This is part 2 of a discussion series with Haruo Matsuoka Sensei and Stan Pranin Sensei. In this segment, Matsuoka Sensei talks about seeking new mentors and the insight and inspiration he’s gained from these great masters. Pranin: Sensei, when did you become independent, you said in 1998? Matsuoka: Yes. That’s when I went back to Japan.
This is part one of an interview series with Matsuoka Sensei, conducted by Stan Pranin Sensei of Aikido Journal. In this segment, Matsuoka Sensei talks about his introduction to the art of aikido and his early days of training. Pranin Sensei shares a story about meeting Seagal Sensei at the Iwama Dojo in 1979, highlights
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
Our Philosophy on Training Our students put their hearts into their training and show amazing dedication. We believe it’s the responsibility of the dojo to make sure our students get maximum value from their efforts. If our students dedicate a significant part of their lives and focus to learn the art of aikido, we better
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