What is Bushido TenShin Aikido?

John Araujo Shihan spent many years studying traditional Aikido and he was constantly in search of a form of the art that could be used more effectively. He searched for a decade until he experienced and trained in the Tenshin Aikido methodology under Steven Seagal Shihans direct students (Harau Matsouka Sensei, Craig Dunn Sensei, Louis Santos Sensei and Elliot Freeman Sensei).


After training under such a unique and functional form of the art, Araujo Shihan embraced the teachings of the Tenshin Dojo approach which today serves as the foundation of Bushido Tenshin Aikido.  Bushido Tenshin Aikido has evolved into a unique version of Aikido more focused on the martial side of the art. Beacause of this, Bushido Tenshin Aikido forges its own path as a style of Aikido and is organized under the Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation.


Bushido Tenshin Aikido focuses on a more functional and practical form of Aikido rather than a softer and meditative approach. Both forms offer tremendous value and both applications are valid differing only in what a student is looking for; art or function.

Just as the Aikido taught at the original Tenshin Dojo is Take Sensei's (Steven Seagal Shihan) interpretation of Aikikai Aikido, Araujo Shihan's Aikido is his own interpretation of his Aikido studies, known as Bushido Tenshin Aikido. Araujo Shihan's Aikido foundation based on the Tenshin methodology, combined with the addition of his own methods and teachings form the basis for Bushido Tenshin Aikido.


Aikido can be an intense Martial Art for intense situations. Training can appear intimidating at its higher levels. Attacks are fast and powerful, technique is quick and fierce. Students are not required to do anything beyond their current skill level. Proper instruction and guidance will assist each student to the higher levels.​