This is part 2 of a discussion series with Haruo Matsuoka Sensei and Stan Pranin Sensei. In this segment, Matsuoka Sensei talks about seeking new mentors and the insight and inspiration he’s gained from these great masters. Pranin: Sensei, when did you become independent, you said in 1998? Matsuoka: Yes. That’s when I went back to Japan.
This is part one of an interview series with Matsuoka Sensei, conducted by Stan Pranin Sensei of Aikido Journal. In this segment, Matsuoka Sensei talks about his introduction to the art of aikido and his early days of training. Pranin Sensei shares a story about meeting Seagal Sensei at the Iwama Dojo in 1979, highlights
The Standard Seminar Formula The standard weekend seminar format is well known and has become refined over decades of modern martial arts training. A typical seminar will host a master or senior instructor for a weekend of training with a school’s students as well as practitioners from other local (and sometimes distant) schools joining in. These
“For me, through the dojo, I have found another home and family. I move through crowded rooms differently now, more aware and with greater body control. Life’s difficulties somehow seem less unsettling and are often met with a calmer head. I have become more patient with myself and gradually become more aware of my weaknesses
Josh Gold: It was around 2004 that you were introduced to Kono Sensei, right? Yes, this was a turning point for me and my aikido. He is not an aikido teacher by the way; he’s a martial artist and researcher. He focuses on researching martial arts from the ancient times, how legendary masters moved and
Josh Gold: Sensei, you mentioned you brought Abe Sensei from Japan for a seminar in 1991, but you had a number of opportunities to learn from Abe Sensei when you were back in Japan. Can you tell us a bit about these photos of you with Abe Sensei? These were from 1984. It was actually
In this segment, Matsuoka Sensei talks about becoming Chief Instructor of Ten Shin Dojo and the challenges of managing a dojo with stratospheric growth. Josh Gold: Sensei, you said that about a year before Above The Law came out, Seagal Sensei made you chief instructor, right? Yes, that’s right.. And that’s when he promoted you to 3rd
The founding of Ten Shin Dojo in Los Angeles and Matsuoka Sensei’s first experiences in America. Josh Gold: Sensei, so after moving to Los Angeles, you found a space for a dojo in Sherman Oaks? Yes. That was only for a few months right? Yes, only for four months or something like that. What happened?
Sensei talks about his move to the United States to join Seagal Sensei in Los Angeles. Josh Gold: Sensei, it was around 1981 when Seagal Sensei moved to America, right? Yes, that’s right. And he took Craig Dunn with him? He took Craig Dunn, yes. And what was the motivation or the goal? He wanted
Matsuoka Sensei’s Aikido Journey: Part 3 The emergence of an aikido style with the impact to captivate hundreds of millions on the big screen… Josh Gold: Sensei, a lot of the hand movements and throws we’ve practiced over the years – I’d not really seen them anywhere else, so were they developed around this time?