Second degree Black Belt received
During a recent seminar Garry Howard Sensei of the American Aikido Institute, Brazil, received his 2nd degree Black Belt Certificate from Haruo Matsuoka Sensei. Howard Sensei's certificate of rank was authorized by the World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
Matsuoka Sensei was Steven Seagal's top student for more than 25 years. In 1998, Matsuoka Sensei began his own movement in Aikido. This was Matsuoka Sensei's 20th year of training with the American Aikido Institute and Howard Sensei.
Students from American Aikido Institute schools in Chicago, Robinson and Brazil participated in the three-day seminar.