The Future of Aikido

After the passing of Stanley Pranin, founder of Aikido Journal, we organized a survey to get to know the aikido community better and learn more about its priorities. We’ll soon share more data, but the community voiced a clear interest in putting more focus on addressing important challenges facing the world of aikido today.  One such issue

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Turning Away Students

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

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Introducing The Lab

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

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Thilo and Nastia at Ikazuchi Dojo

Building an Effective Instructor Team

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

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Matsuoka and Pranin Discussion Series Part 4

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

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Thilo and Nastia at Ikazuchi Dojo

What Lies Beyond Rank?

As our dojo has grown, so has our community of senior level aikidoka. We’ve been fortunate enough to have many yudansha (black belts) join our family from other parts of the aikido world. With a number of recent additions, we published a list of active yudansha so we can all get to know our dojo’s senior

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