A Call for Feedback

We’re looking for martial arts instructors with knife expertise (from any art) and aikido practitioners to give feedback on a series of new tanto-dori (knife defense) techniques and training methods we’ve been developing.  You can learn more about the project below. We look forward to receiving feedback and guidance from the community on our early stage

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Death by Disarm: Lessons Learned

After a period of immersion in dagger training with some of the world’s finest knife technicians, Matsuoka Sensei and Josh Gold have begun to develop an instructional strategy and an initial set of techniques designed to improve our tanto-dori (knife control) training. These efforts are in their earliest stages and we expect our technical and instructional

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Strike Deflections

“Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the face.” Mike Tyson We’ve noticed great interest in the aikido based strike deflections and hand movements developed at Tenshin Dojo in Osaka Japan and later popularized in a series of major motion pictures. With Haruo Matsuoka Sensei as our Chief Instructor, we have unique insight into

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Sharpening Your Sword

Continuing our collaboration with some of the best bladed weapon specialists in the world, we’ve distilled insights we’ve gained into a series of concepts we’d like to share with the community. Learning from the Blademasters The Inosanto Academy is one of the most prestigious martial arts academies in the world and has deep specialization in edged

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Death by Disarm

One of our ongoing R&D initiatives is to explore the design space around aikido-based techniques and training methods to respond to a knife attack (tanto-dori). Tanto-dori has been an integral, but not heavily emphasized component of Aikido since since the early days of the art. It’s not a major focus for most aikido practitioners. No martial

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Hijishime

Two years ago Matsuoka Sensei threw me with a form of hijishime I’d not experienced before. It was breathtakingly powerful and lightning fast. We’ve since gained a sincere appreciation for this technique at Ikazuchi Dojo. It works very well for even the smallest people in the dojo. We’ve taught this technique to students at the brown

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Grab Releases

Aikido practitioners typically embrace the grab of an attacker and use it to their advantage. However, there are times when escape is the best course of action. This is when grab releases become valuable. Purpose At Ikazuchi Dojo, we use grab releases in a variety of scenarios. Being able to quickly release a hold and disengage

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R&D Update: June 2016

It’s been a busy year for us. Since releasing our Annual Update for 2015, we’ve undertaken a number of new R&D initiatives, as well as moved forward in-progress projects. Here’s a quick update on three of them.   1. Tanto-Dori (knife defenses) Every martial art and every dojo’s training methods have their own strengths and weaknesses.

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Making Our Aikido Effective

Recently, there’s been an active and healthy dialogue around the effectiveness of aikido as a martial art, and how the general lack of practitioners’ martial skill development has contributed to a decline in popularity of the art. After reflecting on our own dojo’s approach and contemplating ways we can improve in this area, we wanted

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