Interview with Dan Fernandez: Aikido in the Modern Era

In this transcript of an interview done in the summer of 2019, Dan Fernandez of Tampa Aikikai discuses aikido in America and what the art currently faces in the modern era. All images provided by Dan Fernandez.   Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Welcome, Fernandez Sensei! Thank you for taking the time to discuss … Continue reading Interview with Dan Fernandez: Aikido in the Modern Era

Interview with USAF Technical Committee Member Andy Demko: The Early Years in the American Northeast

Andy Demko began training martial arts and combat sports while he was in high school. After seeing an aikido class at Youngstown University, he joined, eventually meeting Koichi Tohei and Yoshimitsu Yamada in the mid-1960s. He later opened his Aikido Center of New Castle in 1971. Today, Demko discusses the fledgling years of aikido in … Continue reading Interview with USAF Technical Committee Member Andy Demko: The Early Years in the American Northeast

Interview with Aikido Instructor Salvatore Forestieri: Aikido in the Martial Arts Industry

Salvatore Forestieri began his aikido training under Fumio Toyoda. After his passing, Forestieri became an understudy of Steven Seagal. This is a transcript of an interview conducted in the spring of 2019, discussing the current state of aikido and its place in the martial arts industry. All images provided by Salvatore Forestieri. Martial Arts of … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Instructor Salvatore Forestieri: Aikido in the Martial Arts Industry

Interview with Boulder Shotokan Karate Chief Instructor Bruce Green: The Current State of Karate in America

Beginning his karate training in 1970, Bruce Green placed as a finalist in the Japanese Karate Association National Collegiate Karate Championships consecutively from 1973 to 1975. He became the chief instructor of Boulder Shotokan Karate in 1980. The following is a transcript from Spring 2019 discussing the current state of karate in America. All images … Continue reading Interview with Boulder Shotokan Karate Chief Instructor Bruce Green: The Current State of Karate in America

Reflecting on Aikido Extensions with Bruce Bookman

The following is a reflection of Aikido Journal’s Aikido Extension course, available through their Aikido Journal Academy.   Bruce Bookman’s and Aikido Journal’s Aikido Extensions demonstrates what an aikidoka looks like with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) training – a martially rounded aikido practitioner. Demonstrating a myriad of aikido and BJJ techniques using refined aiki concepts and … Continue reading Reflecting on Aikido Extensions with Bruce Bookman

Interview with Hiroshi Ikeda: Aikido’s Current State in the United States

Hiroshi Ikeda began his Aikido training in 1968 in Tokyo. He holds the rank of seventh dan and is founder and chief instructor of Boulder Aikikai, in Boulder Colorado. The following is a transcript of an interview in the summer of 2019. We had the chance to discuss the current state of aikido in the … Continue reading Interview with Hiroshi Ikeda: Aikido’s Current State in the United States

Interview with Canadian Judo Champion Kathy Hubble: From Judo to Stunt Work and Back Again

Starting judo at a young age, Kathy Hubble quickly jumped into competitions, and by 1985, she was a member of the Judo Canada Team. She soon quit judo and spent twenty-five years as a stunt performer in Hollywood North. In 2013, she returned to judo, winning gold in the Masters World Championships in Abu Dhabi, … Continue reading Interview with Canadian Judo Champion Kathy Hubble: From Judo to Stunt Work and Back Again

Interview with Secretary of Technical Committee Cathy Cline: Her Karate Journey

This is a transcript of an interview with Secretary of Technical Committee of the International Shotokan Karate Federation in the spring of 2019. Here, we discuss the current state of karate in the United States, her early years of training, and her thoughts and feelings on being the first woman in Shotokan Karate to earn … Continue reading Interview with Secretary of Technical Committee Cathy Cline: Her Karate Journey

Interview with Thomas Blair: Takahiko Ishikawa and Growing Judo in the Modern World

This is a transcript of an interview with Thomas Blair of Main Line Judo from the spring of 2019. In it, we discuss his time under Takahiko Ishikawa, judo in the Philadelphia area, and growing the art in today’s social climate.   Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Hello Thomas Blair Sensei! I would … Continue reading Interview with Thomas Blair: Takahiko Ishikawa and Growing Judo in the Modern World

Interview with USJA President John Paccione: Current State of American Judo

John Paccione Sensei, current president of the United States Judo Association, began his judo training, along with jujitsu and karate training, in 1979 in Staten Island, New York. Around 2003, Paccione Sensei relocated to Cape Coral, Florida, opening a school there. A nationally recognized coach that produces high-level competitors, Paccione Sensei took some time in … Continue reading Interview with USJA President John Paccione: Current State of American Judo