Haruo Matsuoka

Haruo Matsuoka (6th dan) is Chief Instructor and co-founder of Ikazuchi Dojo. He has 40 years of aikido training and has been a full time, professional aikido instructor since graduating from college in Japan.

With a resolute focus on deepening his understanding of the art of aikido, Matsuoka Sensei focuses heavily on research and development. Having established exchange programs with some of the world’s great martial arts masters, he has ongoing dialogues and training sessions with legendary martial artists Dan Inosanto (one of Bruce Lee’s top students and best friends) and Kenji Yamaki (Kyokushin Karate World Champion).

Matsuoka Sensei travels to Japan annually to strengthen our connection to the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo and to further his own training. He continues to lead seminars in the US and internationally, but limits these events to maintain focus on his own development and that of his most senior disciples.

Matsuoka Sensei was a direct student of Seiseki Abe Sensei, 10th dan (1915-2011), one of the closest and highest ranking disciples of the founder of Aikido.

His aikido has appeared in numerous feature films and was an instrumental catalyst in bringing awareness of aikido to the United States after moving to America in the 1980s with Steven Seagal, his first aikido teacher.

Read a detailed account of Haruo Matsuoka’s aikido history in this 8 part interview series.