Tanto-Dori Concepts

This video series takes a detailed look at aikido tanto-dori (knife control) and reveals new perspectives on technique and training methods. The series includes 13 short instructional videos and 3 videos with Matsuoka Sensei focused on R&D and technique exploration.

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16 Videos

  • Tanto Dori Introduction

    2m 29s

    Josh Gold provides an overview and introduction to this tanto dori (knife control) concepts series. This video series was created from an Ikazuchi Dojo workshop designed to begin taking the knife knowledge gained from our exchange with the Inosanto Academy and translating it into aikido based mov...

  • Tanto Suburi

    6m 38s

    This video provides an overview of basic lines of attack with a short blade and explains the importance of learning to attack effectively with a weapon that we wish to defend against.

  • Knife vs. Knife Intro

    3m 17s

    Aikido weapons training with sword and jo (short staff) always include weapon vs. weapon training. However, weapon vs. weapon training with tanto (knife) is rarely, if ever seen.

    This video provides an overview of our thinking and approach related to knife vs. knife training and lays the foun...

  • Knife vs. Knife Yokomen

    3m 24s

    A basic response to a diagonal slash attack from a short blade. This video includes instructional details and highlights parallels with empty handed aikido movements.

  • Knife vs. Knife Gyaku Yokomen

    3m 18s

    A basic response to a diagonal backhand slash attack from a short blade. This video includes instructional details and highlights parallels with empty handed aikido movements.

  • Knife vs. Knife Tsuki

    3m 58s

    An ukenagashi based deflection and weapon control response to a thrusting attack with a knife. The defender's non-weapon hand uses a movement very similar to our sayunage applications from strikes.

    We are still experimenting with this movement so you can expect the details and instructional m...

  • Knife vs. Knife Kata

    1m 55s

    A basic 4 attack / 4 response kata using the first four lines of attack covered in the suburi exercise earlier in the series. This kata is designed to cultivate proper body positioning and efficient movement linking.

  • Knife Vs. Knife Jiyuwaza

    5m 30s

    Free form attack and defense with the tanto. This training method is designed to build pattern recognition and reflexive responses to attacks. This practice format excels at revealing openings, positioning errors, and missed attack and defense opportunities.

  • Kosadori Redirect

    7m 19s

    This video breaks down the technical details of a cross-hand joint lock used to redirect the blade of an attacker's knife towards them. This joint lock can also be used as a disarm.

  • Yokomen Redirect: Tanto Dori

    2m 34s

    A deflection and redirect technique for a diagonal slashing attack with a knife.

  • Gyaku Yokomen Redirect: Tanto Dori

    1m 42s

    A deflection and redirect technique for a backhand diagonal slashing attack with a knife.

  • Tsuki Redirect: Tanto Dori

    3m 3s

    A deflection and redirect technique for a thrusting / stabbing attack with a knife. An optional throw application is also shown.

  • Jiyuwaza-Tanto Dori

    2m 16s

    Free-form tanto-dori attack and defense practice. The video outlines training parameters for the practice and highlights benefits of the training method.

  • Matsuoka Sensei: On Tanto-dori and Dan Inosanto

    2m 26s

    Matsuoka Sensei talks about his experience with the legendary Dan Inosanto and his thoughts on aikido based knife defense techniques.

  • Kumi-Tanto R&D

    5m 23s

    Matsuoka Sensei and Josh Gold experiment with a series of knife vs. knife katas and disarm variations. Matsuoka Sensei used this session to explore a range of movements learned from the legendary Dan Inosanto and seek ways to adapt them into forms that will be accessible and beneficial to aikido ...

  • Tanto-Dori R&D

    11m

    Matsuoka Sensei and Josh Gold experiment with a range of knife deflections and disarms based on their training under Dan Inosanto Sensei. This video provides a rare window into the "behind the scenes" creation and exploration process of a high-level aikido instructor.

    Not yet fully tested and...