Interesting the difference in perception through watching a video.
Great video by the way, found two more on the same page.
From my perspective I loved his demeaner. He had an almost laconic looking approach there. This I like. It looks like a man who has seen it all and done it all before, almost bored. However, to mistake this for 'lack of zanshin' would be the opponents biggest mistake they could make from my view.
I would call it 'apparent lack of zanshin and in fact a very powerful and advanced zanshin.
The way he does the moves and especially the ones with 'arm dangling' only validates this fact. Deceptive to some maybe but I would say totally easy for him and natural.
Those videos have made my day.
On this occasion I would agree with you wholeheartedly, Graham!
No, I don't believe he was unaware for a second of what his partner was doing - the "apparent" is deceptive. Definitely take your eye of the ball at your peril.