Every aikido dojo has a picture of Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) mounted on the front wall of the dojo. As an old man, the venerable founder exudes compassion and enlightenment. At Ikazuchi Dojo, we have a fantastic picture of O-Sensei in his late 70s or early 80s, smiling, but with a piercing gaze. This is how I,
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
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
Osaka vs. Irvine As a dojo, our history begins in Osaka, Japan 1976. This is the time our Chief Instructor, Haruo Matsuoka Sensei, began his aikido journey. Forty years later, we decided to take a brief look back at the practice from the Osaka era and reflect on how it has influenced our training at Ikazuchi
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.