Haruo Matsuoka, chief instructor at Ikazuchi Dojo in Irvine has over 85 actively practicing yudansha (black belts) around the globe. Matsuoka’s active pursuit of cross-training and knowledge exchange programs with masters in other martial arts lead him to continually deepen his understanding of movement principles and movement quality.
Kenji Yamaki is the founder of Yamaki Karate and was the 1995 Kyokushin karate world champion. He is also one of the few to have successfully faced the 100-man kumite challenge devised by Mas Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin. In addition, Yamaki won the title of All-Japan Karate Tournament Champion in 1989 and 1994.
Matsuoka and Yamaki sat down after one of their monthly training sessions last fall to discuss the insights that have changed their understanding of their respective disciplines and the benefits of cross-training.