Multiple Attacker Tactics

I have spent the last ten years experimenting with and developing a system of tactics for multiple attacker situations (randori, or “taninzugaki”).  My objectives included building clear building block concepts (principles) tied to terminology and demonstratable skills, which can be applied against two or more attackers with or without weapons and from a variety of […]

Ki Kubari – External Mindfulness and Martial Awareness

Recently – and most notably at this year’s Cherry Blossom seminar at the Shobukan Dojo in D.C., Saotome Sensei has been using the term “kikubari.”  Over a private visit with Sensei, I and a few others (Don Ellingsworth, and Gary and Ania Small) had the opportunity to visit with Sensei about the term, and why […]

Saotome Sensei and the Science of Multiple Attackers

Among O Sensei’s uchi deshi, Mitsugi Saotome Shihan has a reputation for his amazing and martial randori (multiple attacker) demonstrations. As you may have read from Sensei’s biography, he has consulted and demonstrated for the Pentagon and the US Army Special Forces about multiple attacker and “gauntlet” scenarios. Randori is a special interest of mine, […]

2013 Nidan Promotions

On December 30, 2013, three members of the Aikido Chuseikan community were tested in front of a panel of shihan (master instructors) and promoted to nidan (2nd degree black belt). Each expressed confidence, bearing, and their own personalities, and made our Dojo proud. The tremendous focus and preparation they undertook was clear in the quality […]