[post_page_title]Big in Japan[/post_page_title]
The young Seagal ended up staying in Japan for 15 years where he received his first dan under the direction of his mentor, Koichi Tohei. He continued to master his Aikido and eventually attained his seventh dan degree.
Later he even started operating his own aikido dojo, and became the first foreigner to operate this type of martial arts studio in Japan. Seagal also taught English while in Japan and in a way maintained his connection to his homeland.
In 1974, after Seagal has returned to California, he met Miyako Fujitani who was an aikido teacher in L.A. The two who became a couple, returned to Japan, Fujitani’s native country and tied the knot. Just like a good movie storyline, when Miyako’s dad retired, Seagal took over his father in law’s aikido school and became the head of Tenshin Aikido in Osaka City.
Leaving his dojo behind, Seagal and his wife at the the time, moved to Taos, New Mexico where they opened their own dojo. When Seagal returned to the U.S. for the second time, he opened an aikido dojo together with his student in California, which was later moved to West Hollywood.
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