Before joining Ikazuchi Dojo’s traditional aikido program, we interview each prospective student. Not all are accepted. Since we’ve instituted this system, a few without detailed knowledge of our process have wondered if this is an elitist approach or in some way goes against the core philosophy of aikido. We wanted to take the opportunity to outline
Since launching Ikazuchi Dojo Online, we’ve received great feedback from our community. One thing we’ve discovered is that many Ikazuchi Dojo students and practitioners in our extended community want more exposure to our research efforts and special projects. After careful reflection on the best way to provide visibility into our research, experimentation, and projects, we decided to
Every dojo has a Chief Instructor, but to scale a martial arts academy, it is necessary to build a team of instructors. We wanted to take the opportunity to share our approach to this challenge. Different dojos have different priorities, circumstances, and areas of focus. Our approach has been carefully designed to align with our
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
In response to the interest generated by our earlier post, “How Safe is Your Training?“, we’ve written a follow-up that outlines how we track, analyze, and respond to injury-tracking data in the dojo. We’ve outlined below a 6-step plan to track and minimize martial arts injuries. While it’s not perfect and we’re still refining the system, we’ve
Every year, Ikazuchi Dojo compiles operating metrics to get a numerical snapshot of the dojo. We are fortunate to have enough aikido students and infrastructure to collect a meaningful amount of data. There are many important things in a dojo that can’t be measured with numbers. But many can. One thing that can, and should
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.