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KAATSU Management

The key principals of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Foundation:

  • Dr. Yoshiaki Sato is the chairman and founder of KAATSU Global Inc., KAATSU Research Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization, and the Center for KAATSU Research at the Harvard Medical School.
  • Steven Munatones, President, Co-Founder and Board Director
  • Richard Herstone, Chief Operating Officer
  • Peter T. Lansbury, Jr., Ph.D., Board Director

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Principals of KAATSU Global, Inc.

Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman and Founder

Dr. SatoDr. Sato is the inventor of KAATSU and currently serves as the Chancellor of KAATSU International University in Sri Lanka. A Tokyo, Japan native, he invented KAATSU and has co-authored over 100 publications in peer-review publications on KAATSU and holds 47 patents on KAATSU Training and equipment in Japan, United States, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, Korea, Canada, Hong Kong and other countries. He is the Chairman and Benefactor of the Department of KAATSU Training Ischemic Circulatory Physiology in the 22nd Century Medical and Research Center at The University of Tokyo and manages the KAATSU Center at the Research Institute of Sports Science of the State General Administration of Sports in the People’s Republic of China, the KAATSU Medical Center at Jilin University in the China- Japan Union Hospital in the People’s Republic of China, and is the Chairman of the Japan KAATSU Training Society. Dr. Sato discovered the effect of KAATSU Training (blood flow moderation exercise) and has spent his career developing equipment and exercise protocols to deliver the health and fitness benefits of KAATSU. He continues his research into new medical applications in both Japan and the United States. He was honored as a Knight Commander of The Ecumenical Medical Humanitarian Order of Saint John Jerusalem, is a Special Advisor for Green Cross, and was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.  

Peter Lansbury, Jr., Ph.D., Director and Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School Professor Lansbury is a leader in the scientific understanding of protein misfolding and aggregation in neurodegeneration as a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Lansbury served as a Director of the NIH-funded Morris K. Udall Research Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also founded the Laboratory for Drug Discovery in Neurodegeneration at Harvard Medical School. He has received many awards recognizing his research contributions, including a Sloan fellowship, the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and a Zenith Fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Association. Lansbury received an AB from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University, where he worked with the Nobel laureate E. J. Corey.

1280x720-KAATSU-AQUA Steven Munatones, President Steven Munatones co-founded the KAATSU Research Foundation and KAATSU Global together with Dr. Sato.  He has been a certified KAATSU Master Instructor for 11 years. He has served on nine USA Swimming national teams as coach and manager at World Championships.  He has written extensively on swimming, athletic performance and training, and authored the leading Open Water Swimming tome and Open Water Swimming Magazine as well as written six cover stories for Swimming World Magazine and Competitor Magazine.  A Harvard University graduate, he won the 1982 World Long-Distance Swimming Championships and guided ibidlive from founding to exit and created online certification programs for swimming coaches.