History

Over 50 years of KAATSU history

Over 50 years of KAATSU history

In 1966, 18-year-old Yoshiaki Sato noted during a Buddhist meditation that his legs had fallen asleep in the traditional Japanese position. To counteract the discomfort he began to massage his calves. He realized that his blood circulation in the calves was blocked because he had been sitting on it all the time. This was Sato’s “aha-experience” and the moment when the idea for the original blood circulation training (Blood Flow Moderation Training) was born.

 

Years of experimentation
In the following 7 years, the young man from Tokyo experimented diligently in countless self-experiments with bicycle tubes, ribbons, ropes and different pressure means on different parts of the body. He systematically recorded his experiences and learned what kind of ribbons worked at which binding and which not. Over the years of the pragmatic trial-and-error approach, Sato has developed effective training protocols for safe blood flow modification. His field research on his own body led to detailed knowledge of the optimal lengths, diameters, placement and thickness of the bands.

 

The moment of probation
In 1973, at the age of 25, Sato developed the details of today’s KAATSU. In a ski accident, he broke his ankle and injured his ligaments in the knee joint. After the diagnosis, doctors gave Sato a healing period of 6 months. Despite plaster cast, Sato rehabilitated himself with the KAATSU bands around his thigh. With repeated pressure intervals of 30 seconds and a few seconds rest, he performed isometric exercises three times a day. The results of his program shocked his doctor because his muscles did not atrophy and his complete recovery lasted only 6 weeks!

 

Years of confirmation
The news of his spectacular recovery quickly turned around in the immediate vicinity. Demand for his new training method rose rapidly and Sato opened his training center “Sato Sportsplaza” in Tokyo, where he ran KAATSU training over the following decade with local and mostly elderly people. So sato learned from 1973 to 1982 with thousands of KAATSU clients, which worked best for different age groups and complaints.

 

Patenting
With the commercialization of the first KAATSU Training Bands in 1994, Sato filed its first patents in Japan, USA and Europe. With increasing prestige, Sato increasingly worked with professional golfers and Olympic athletes.

 

Introduction of the KAATSU intruder certification program
In 1997, Sato introduced his training program as a KAATSU instructor in Japan. Here he communicated his over decades defined training protocols to trainers, physiotherapists and physicians. Over 4,000 KAATSU instructors have been trained in Japan so far. These instructors lead millions of KAATSU sessions annually safely and without complications.

 

With the announcement of some projects in cooperation with the University Hospital in Tokyo, the media attention and public acceptance of KAATSU Training increased. Sato began courses in ischemic circulatory physiology at the University Hospital and worked in development research at the Japanese Center for Human Spaceflight.

In 1966, 18-year-old Yoshiaki Sato noted during a Buddhist meditation that his legs had fallen asleep in the traditional Japanese position. To counteract the discomfort he began to massage his calves. He realized that his blood circulation in the calves was blocked because he had been sitting on it all the time. This was Sato’s “aha-experience” and the moment when the idea for the original blood circulation training (Blood Flow Moderation Training) was born.

 

Years of experimentation
In the following 7 years, the young man from Tokyo experimented diligently in countless self-experiments with bicycle tubes, ribbons, ropes and different pressure means on different parts of the body. He systematically recorded his experiences and learned what kind of ribbons worked at which binding and which not. Over the years of the pragmatic trial-and-error approach, Sato has developed effective training protocols for safe blood flow modification. His field research on his own body led to detailed knowledge of the optimal lengths, diameters, placement and thickness of the bands.

 

The moment of probation
In 1973, at the age of 25, Sato developed the details of today’s KAATSU. In a ski accident, he broke his ankle and injured his ligaments in the knee joint. After the diagnosis, doctors gave Sato a healing period of 6 months. Despite plaster cast, Sato rehabilitated himself with the KAATSU bands around his thigh. With repeated pressure intervals of 30 seconds and a few seconds rest, he performed isometric exercises three times a day. The results of his program shocked his doctor because his muscles did not atrophy and his complete recovery lasted only 6 weeks!

 

Years of confirmation
The news of his spectacular recovery quickly turned around in the immediate vicinity. Demand for his new training method rose rapidly and Sato opened his training center “Sato Sportsplaza” in Tokyo, where he ran KAATSU training over the following decade with local and mostly elderly people. So sato learned from 1973 to 1982 with thousands of KAATSU clients, which worked best for different age groups and complaints.

 

Patenting
With the commercialization of the first KAATSU Training Bands in 1994, Sato filed its first patents in Japan, USA and Europe. With increasing prestige, Sato increasingly worked with professional golfers and Olympic athletes.

 

Introduction of the KAATSU intruder certification program
In 1997, Sato introduced his training program as a KAATSU instructor in Japan. Here he communicated his over decades defined training protocols to trainers, physiotherapists and physicians. Over 4,000 KAATSU instructors have been trained in Japan so far. These instructors lead millions of KAATSU sessions annually safely and without complications.

 

With the announcement of some projects in cooperation with the University Hospital in Tokyo, the media attention and public acceptance of KAATSU Training increased. Sato began courses in ischemic circulatory physiology at the University Hospital and worked in development research at the Japanese Center for Human Spaceflight.

KAATSU research
In the 1990s, Sato began a research collaboration with Professor Naokata Ishii of the University of Tokyo to further explore the benefits of KAATSU and publish its findings.

 

Presentation of the KAATSU Master
The second generation KAATSU equipment was completed in 2004 with the presentation of the original KAATSU Master and the KAATSU Air Bands. With the KAATSU Master for the first time an exact monitoring of the pressure on the arms and legs could be accomplished. The sales success rose as more professional athletes and celebrities began to train with KAATSU . The number of published studies in scientific journals increased.

 

Presentation of the KAATSU Mini
In 2006, Sato completed the design of a smaller, portable and programmable KAATSU device, the KAATSU Master Mini. Sato has developed other KAATSU applications, the KAATSU for speed, endurance, stress control and beauty salons. Including a KAATSU chair.

 

KAATSU Internationalization
In 2009, Sato signed a cooperation agreement with the Chinese Jilin University and the sports science research institute there. In 2014, KAATSU Global was founded in Huntington Beach, California, and a KAATSU research center was established at Boston’s Harvard Medical School. At the same time, the expansion began in the markets of Europe, Russia, China, Korea and Indonesia. In 2015 Robert Heiduk and Marek Joschko signed an exclusive contract for the marketing rights of KAATSU in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and founded the first KAATSU certification and distribution facility in German-speaking countries.

 

Current KAATSU products
In 2014, Sato presented the new KAATSU Master and the KAATSU Nano with touch screen operation and training data memory at the tenth international KAATSU symposium in Tokyo. In addition, the KAATSU Aqua Bands and the KAATSU Certification Program were presented in English. The Aqua Bands are based on a collaboration with Californian swimmers and water polo players. KAATSU Aqua was officially launched in 2014 at the FINA World Aquatics Convention in Qatar.

 

KAATSU future
Future KAATSU applications will be expanded in the medical sector, competitive sports, the wellness market and training with the elderly.

 

KAATSU research
In the 1990s, Sato began a research collaboration with Professor Naokata Ishii of the University of Tokyo to further explore the benefits of KAATSU and publish its findings.

 

Presentation of the KAATSU Master
The second generation KAATSU equipment was completed in 2004 with the presentation of the original KAATSU Master and the KAATSU Air Bands. With the KAATSU Master for the first time an exact monitoring of the pressure on the arms and legs could be accomplished. The sales success rose as more professional athletes and celebrities began to train with KAATSU . The number of published studies in scientific journals increased.

 

Presentation of the KAATSU Mini
In 2006, Sato completed the design of a smaller, portable and programmable KAATSU device, the KAATSU Master Mini. Sato has developed other KAATSU applications, the KAATSU for speed, endurance, stress control and beauty salons. Including a KAATSU chair.

 

KAATSU Internationalization
In 2009, Sato signed a cooperation agreement with the Chinese Jilin University and the sports science research institute there. In 2014, KAATSU Global was founded in Huntington Beach, California, and a KAATSU research center was established at Boston’s Harvard Medical School. At the same time, the expansion began in the markets of Europe, Russia, China, Korea and Indonesia. In 2015 Robert Heiduk and Marek Joschko signed an exclusive contract for the marketing rights of KAATSU in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and founded the first KAATSU certification and distribution facility in German-speaking countries.

 

Current KAATSU products
In 2014, Sato presented the new KAATSU Master and the KAATSU Nano with touch screen operation and training data memory at the tenth international KAATSU symposium in Tokyo. In addition, the KAATSU Aqua Bands and the KAATSU Certification Program were presented in English. The Aqua Bands are based on a collaboration with Californian swimmers and water polo players. KAATSU Aqua was officially launched in 2014 at the FINA World Aquatics Convention in Qatar.

 

KAATSU future
Future KAATSU applications will be expanded in the medical sector, competitive sports, the wellness market and training with the elderly.