KAATSU is a very safe and effective form of exercise, rehabilitation, and recovery. It was invented in Japan in 1966 by Professor Yoshiaki Sato, M.D., Ph.D. Professor Sato first conceived what’s now known as KAATSU in 1966 while sitting on the floor in the traditional Japanese posture known as “seiza.” After realising that his blood circulation was blocked in his lower legs, he envisioned a training method that focused on blood flow moderation.