A New Breed of Seminar

The Aikido Journal community had a recent dialogue about the future of aikido with Roy Dean, a jujitsuka and aikidoka. The response was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. While there were a number of valid counterpoints made to Roy’s assessment, almost all agreed in their desire to improve and elevate the art of aikido.  Inspired by the community dialogue and a

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Knife Party

Seeking martial artists familiar with a variety of weapons, mocap systems, and performance movement, we enlisted Jeff Imada and Lauren Kim to assist with Project Orion – the next step on our path to building capability and applications with our motion capture system.  Overcoming Accuracy Challenges Our motion capture system, the Perception Neuron, uses a new breed of IMU based

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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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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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Dawn of a New Era?

Dawn of A New Era in Motion Capture Motion capture technology has been around for decades. The fidelity of current systems is phenomenal. They bring amazing characters to life in film and games. But the technology is expensive and requires substantial human and infrastructure resources to support it. A set-up used to capture an athlete’s moves for

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Hijishime-Josh Gold and Nastia Shuba

Dojo Analytics 101: Tracking Injuries

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

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