Sugawara Sensei is an accomplished master of several martial arts, including Katori Shinto Ryu (a Japanese sword art) and Aikido, as well as Chinese Qigong and Tai Chi.
The premise of the clip is Sugawara Sensei's thoughts on the role martial arts can play in modern times.
What immediately caught my interest was Sugawara's use of slow movements and his discussion on concentration and awareness as a primary benefit of martial arts practice.
"Attentive self awareness can change our lives." Sugawara says.
It reminded me of GM Sam Chin and the time he said "I believe all great masters come to the same conclusion."
Sugawara also makes note of martial arts practice serving as a catalyst for bringing people together and forming communities.
For me personally, based on my experience as a long time student of I Liq Chuan, I couldn't agree more, particularly in the 21st Century and the age of social media, when the reach of our connections has spread across the globe, but the depth of those connections has decreased by equal measure.
Martial arts can serve as a crucible, to not only bring people together, in real time, but to get them to touch, forging real, immediate, human connection. Something that is sorely lacking in many lives today.