Tenshin Bugei Gakuen, was started
in the United States by Steven Seagal Sensei in 1982. The purpose of establishing Tenshin Bugei Gakuen Dojo was to spread
Aikido, a Japanese Martial Art as well as the Japanese culture and traditions.
Seagal Sensei also known as Take Sensei,
had studied Aikido and many other styles of martial arts in Japan. He also was a calligraphy student of Master Seiseki Abe.
In the early 1970's Take Sensei opened Tenshin Dojo in Osaka, Japan to teach Aikido. At that time, he was the only foreigner
in Japan to operate a dojo. He was also the only foreigner to hold master credentials in Aikido.
|TenShin Dojo from outside - California
Upon returning to the United States
in 1982, Take Sensei established Tenshin Bugei Gakuen in Taos, New Mexico and subsequently moved to Los Angeles in 1983. At
that time Take Sensei brought Haruo Matsuoka Sensei to the United States. Matsuoka studied under Seagal at Tenshin Dojo in
Osaka, Japan. Matsuoka Sensei was the chief instructor of Tenshin Bugei Gakuen Dojo until he resigned in 1997 to move back
to Japan with his family.(***)
TenShin Bugei Gakuen Schooll is still working
under different names of Sensei Steven Seagal's students..