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 efforts in this area.
Tanto-dori has been a part of aikido throughout the history of the art. However, the knife is mostly used as a symbolic training tool to teach timing, distance, and entering principles.
After gaining exposure to a fully developed and battle tested knife system through our exchange program with the Inosanto Academy, Matsuoka Sensei and Ikazuchi Dojo has decided to explore this facet of aikido more deeply. After a period of immersion, we began to explore ways to use our aikido-based movement principles and training methods to expand and improve our knife defenses.
We are still at the beginning stages of our research and testing, but here’s what we’ve done so far:
We are in the early stages of developing an expanded aikido based tanto-dori system. We want feedback on our version 1.0. The earlier we get informed feedback, the faster we can iterate and improve our technical approach and training methods.
We’re looking for martial artists to help with the following:
If you fit in one of the following categories and would like to participate, submit a request for a free screener copy here.
We will accept 50 participants for this project. Apply now and we’ll follow up with you in the very near future.
We are excited to tap the collective experience of our community and use it to drive improvement and innovation.