Ikazuchi translates directly as “thunder”. The name was given to us by Seiseki Abe Sensei (1915-2011), one of the closest and highest ranking disciples of the founder of aikido. Our logo is based on the symbol for thunder found in the I Ching, an ancient Chinese text that dates back over 3,000 years. We stylized the
“For me, through the dojo, I have found another home and family. I move through crowded rooms differently now, more aware and with greater body control. Life’s difficulties somehow seem less unsettling and are often met with a calmer head. I have become more patient with myself and gradually become more aware of my weaknesses
Every year we analyze our operating metrics, gaining insight that guide our focus. Here’s a look at some of the key numbers behind our dojo from 2015.
Josh Gold: It was around 2004 that you were introduced to Kono Sensei, right? Yes, this was a turning point for me and my aikido. He is not an aikido teacher by the way; he’s a martial artist and researcher. He focuses on researching martial arts from the ancient times, how legendary masters moved and
Josh Gold: Sensei, you mentioned you brought Abe Sensei from Japan for a seminar in 1991, but you had a number of opportunities to learn from Abe Sensei when you were back in Japan. Can you tell us a bit about these photos of you with Abe Sensei? These were from 1984. It was actually
In this segment, Matsuoka Sensei talks about becoming Chief Instructor of Ten Shin Dojo and the challenges of managing a dojo with stratospheric growth. Josh Gold: Sensei, you said that about a year before Above The Law came out, Seagal Sensei made you chief instructor, right? Yes, that’s right.. And that’s when he promoted you to 3rd
The founding of Ten Shin Dojo in Los Angeles and Matsuoka Sensei’s first experiences in America. Josh Gold: Sensei, so after moving to Los Angeles, you found a space for a dojo in Sherman Oaks? Yes. That was only for a few months right? Yes, only for four months or something like that. What happened?
Sensei talks about his move to the United States to join Seagal Sensei in Los Angeles. Josh Gold: Sensei, it was around 1981 when Seagal Sensei moved to America, right? Yes, that’s right. And he took Craig Dunn with him? He took Craig Dunn, yes. And what was the motivation or the goal? He wanted
Matsuoka Sensei’s Aikido Journey: Part 3 The emergence of an aikido style with the impact to captivate hundreds of millions on the big screen… Josh Gold: Sensei, a lot of the hand movements and throws we’ve practiced over the years – I’d not really seen them anywhere else, so were they developed around this time?
Meeting Seiseki Abe Sensei (10th dan) and facing the challenge of a shodan test. Josh Gold: Sensei, didn’t you say you first met Abe Sensei through Seagal Sensei? Yes. A while after I joined, Seagal Sensei prepared a seminar and introduced Abe Sensei to us. This was the first time I met Abe Sensei, and