Aikido Moves Video: Haruo Matsuoka Behind the Scenes at Black Belt Magazine!

This student of Seiseki Abe and former chief instructor at Steven Seagal’s dojo will be the cover story for the June/July 2014 issue of Black Belt. Watch his elegant aikido moves in this NEW exclusive behind-the-scenes video!

The June/July 2014 issue of Black Belt magazine will feature a cover story on aikido's Haruo Matsuoka, a student of Seiseki Abe and the former chief instructor at Steven Seagal's Tenshin Dojo. In the story, titled "Synergy, Strength & Simplicity," Haruo Matsuoka is shown executing a number of empty-hand aikido moves, as well as aikido moves for defense against weapons, in a profile wherein he discusses what makes aikido applicable for everybody as a traditional design for modern living. Still photos, however, don't do his elegant yet powerful aikido moves justice. So we proudly present this bonus video of Haruo Matsuoka's aikido moves in action from that shoot — along with a breakdown of the feature stories for the June/July 2014 issue!


AIKIDO MOVES VIDEO Haruo Matsuoka Behind the Scenes at a Black Belt Magazine Cover Shoot

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The skill of stick fighting as a handy weapon dates from the prehistory of mankind. The stick has got an advantage over the stone because it could be used both for striking and throwing. In lots of countries worlwide when dealing with martial arts there is a special place for fighters skillful in stick fighting. ( India, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, countries of Africa, Europe and Americas etc).

The short stick as a handy weapon has been used as a means of self-defence from animals and later various attackers. Regarding its length it was better than the long stick, primarily because it was easier to carry and use. The short stick as a means of self-defence was used namely in all countries of the world long time ago.

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