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.
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