Martial Arts Journey
What is Value for your training dollar?
Fast, Slow or Half Fast
Aikido and the Street, Part 1
Difference In Training
My Quest for TenShin Aikido
What is Tenshin Aikido?
Why Don't Aikido Schools
My Quest for
By Frank K. Ani, Jr.
Since my return to Aikido in 1996 I have been searching for
someone to teach me what I believed was Steven Seagal's TenShin Aikido. I certainly was not alone in
that quest by any means. Many of my fellow Aikidokas at the time were also
searching. We bought every Steven Seagal movie and relentlessly tried to learn
any of his moves as best we could. This went on for several years.
Unaware of what TenShin Aikido really was we thought we had
finally reached our goal to obtain a "PURE TenShin Aikido" instructor in early
2002. We paid a heavy price both financially and training time. There are some
dojos/organizations that are claiming to teach Steven Seagal's "PURE TenShin
Aikido" and to the uninformed, like we were, it seems like the attainment of a
dream. Believe me it's not. The fact is to my surprise there is no such thing as "PURE TENSHIN
AIKIDO or TENSHIN AIKIDO" period. They are teaching there own form of Aikido and
calling it TenShin Aikido.
Those who have truly studied under Steven Seagal Shihan
will simply say they have studied Take Sensei/Shihan's Aikido, nothing more. If
any thing it can be called Steven Seagal's TenShin methodology because "TenShin"
was the name of Take Sensei/Shihan's Dojo. Those who have attend a
few seminars with Take Sensei are the ones calling it "TenShin Aikido or Pure
TenShin Aikido." They are ringing their own cash register(s) and the uniformed
Aikidoka is paying the price. Leon Clough Sensei wrote a very fine article defining Take
Sensei/Shihan's Aikido (TenShin). If you would like to read this article,
If you would
like to learn Take Shihan's Aikido or if you have any questions concerning
Take Shihan's Aikido please
directly especially if you are considering joining any organization or
federation claiming to teach "PURE TENSHIN AIKIDO."
You will be glad you did!