when he said technique, it meant IP. when he said technique movement, it meant the regular aikido technique like shigonage, ikkyo and so on. he will say he's teaching technique. pay attention when he said he's moving his inside. it meant hara/dantien movement which is the foundation of IP.
He actually stated this exact thing in the UK earlier this year. He said that he calls internal work technique. I think his explanations now make so much sense (but I have the benefit of having met Mike Sigman).
I can't believe you took him to Starbucks and lived to tell the tale! It was Blue Mountain all the way in the UK