Seagal Sensei leads a demo at the launch of a satellite branch of Tenshin Dojo in Osaka. Matsuoka Sensei Sensei and Craig Dunn Sensei (as a white belt) can be seen as ukes. The demo is particularly interesting as it takes place during a transitional period for the aikido taught at Tenshin Dojo. It’s clear to see Seagal Sensei moving from Ki Society movements to a sword-based form with heavy emphasis on hand movements. In the demo he shows unbendable arm exercises along with new ukenagashi hand movements and a dynamic randori style.
As with all of our archival footage, the video fidelity is low, but we believe the historical value of the demo warrants a place in our video library. The video was filmed by Shiro Matsuoka, Haruo Matsuoka Sensei’s father.