About

Taido/Blog began in 2005 with two primary goals:

to spread knowledge of Taido theory to people who don’t speak Japanese, and to share ideas about how to do Taido better.

Since then, a lot of people have been using this site as a reference for Taido theory, technique, and training. I continue to add new content in these areas as often as I can (which is probably not as often as I should).

However, as more people have found Taido/Blog, an entirely unexpected benefit has emerged. People are using this site as a tool to get in touch and share their own experiences and ideas. Sometimes through comments, but also through hundreds of emails, Taido students all over the world have taken advantage of Taido/Blog as a way to make contact with people who share their passion. I feel truly privileged to be able to help bring people together in this international community of Taido students.

Who is Andy Fossett?

Hello. My name is Andy Fossett, and I love Taido.

Since I began practicing Taido in Atlanta in 1984, I’ve spent thousands of hours studying, practicing, and teaching. I’ve traveled to several different countries, competing on four continents and even winning a few medals. I’ve founded a dojo, judged competitions, taught seminars, and written for printed and online media. I’ve also made a lot of friends.

Andy Fossett teaching Taido in Finland
Teaching at the International Taido Seminar in Finland 2019 (source)

I currently hold the rank of 6th degree black belt kyoshi and teach at the Hamacho Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. I’m also the director and examiner for the American Taido Association and work on admin and various projects under the World Taido Federation.

🤜 More info on my background

I’m always interested in meeting new people and learning from their ideas and experiences. Please feel free to get in touch.

My Goal

My biggest dream is build a strong friendship among Taido students worldwide. I believe we can’t help but make Taido grow if we combine our strengths and share our experiences freely and openly.

At the very least, it will be a lot of fun to try.

Most of all, I hope you can find something on this site to stimulate your own thought and improve your Taido in some way.

Three Short Disclaimers

  1. This is just a website. It’s not a big deal. Though you’re welcome to disagree with anything I write, there’s no reason to get all upset about the opinions I express here. I give you my permission to not read Taido/Blog.
  2. Taido/Blog has nothing to do with any official Taido organization. It is produced by me – Andy Fossett. Nothing you find on this site implies certification, warranty, or guarantee beyond my say-so.
  3. I write a lot about training methods. Please, don’t injure yourself or develop bad technical habits by trying to do things you’re not ready for. Always defer to your instructor’s direction on all matters regarding technique and training.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or comments, please by all means, get in touch. I’m actually a pretty nice person, and I would love to hear from you.

Finally, thanks for being here.

A coupe of really good looking Taido students at a seminar in Japan
Teaching at the East Tokyo / Tochigi joint Summer Training Camp 2019