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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!

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Guillermo Gomez has devoted the past 26 years of his life to perfecting his aikido techniques. In this video shot at Black Belt, he shows you how to immobilize an attacker!

Guillermo Gomez has devoted the past 26 years of his life to perfecting his aikido moves. The focus of his training in aikido moves has been on what all traditional martial artists should be aspiring to: mastery of the intricacies of all the techniques he was being taught rather than merely rising through the ranks. In this pursuit of technical mastery, he earned his fourth-degree black belt the hard way under the tutelage of sixth-dan Nelson Requena of the Venezuela Aikikai in Guillermo Gomez’s hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. When Guillermo Gomez visited Black Belt, we asked him to teach basic aikido moves that even nonpractitioners could use to fend off attacks they might encounter on the street.

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Editor's Note: This article is a continuation of Modern Aikido: Moves and Meaning (Part 1) by Tom Koch.

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Aikido, art of war and art of peace? You decide.

Forget the politics that have divided Morihei Ueshiba’s aikido into a half-dozen communities, all calling themselves aikido. There are, in truth, only two aikido camps today: one mostly hidden, some say forgotten, and the other ascendant.

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