Originally posted by Don_Modesto
I feel the same way, but when the Messores group sat down after their demonstration, a senior instructor from another organization leaned forward and whispered into the ear of one of the UKE (me), "Geez, does that guy have Saotome written all over him or what?!"
(Could it have been the ATEMI?)
I actually had a similar thought when I saw the demo. I hadn't seen John for almost 20 years, but he looks a whole lot more like Saotome now then he did then (from what I remember). Saotome's students tend to have a lot of variation in what they do, but there's a definite and disctinctive flavor, I think.