He's about as Japanese as I am. His wife Olga is the second in command.
Saigo ha Daito Ryu Aikibujutsu - Menkyo Kaiden (which does NOT equal successor)???
Saigo ha Katabami Ryu JJ - Headmaster/Head family????
For it to be Saigo ha that would mean there is someone named Saigo who started this particular line but I can't find any info on it or the Katabami school period outside of this guys affiliated sites.
Just an FYI I have found nothing saying he is a JKA Judan.
He has a Russian name and sounds like he has a Russian accent when speaking in the videos.
Saigo-ha is an invention of a westerner, I forget the name but it's all associated with Halls of fame, World Soke Councils and dan grade/title circle-jerking.
Saigo-ha is no more Japanese than Katabami Ryu.
The "offical" homepage of Saigo-ha:
Headed by a 9th dan westerner by the name of John Williams
Interesting how there seems to be more than one "headmaster" of Saigo-ha.
Here : Taken from the Kunin website
And how Kunin describes himself with regard to Saigo Ha.
Notice how what should be the Japanese method of writing "Ju Jutsu" is actually "jiu-Jitsu" this indicates to me there's an intentional misleading because in my experience, no Japanese budoka would use that term to describe Daito Ryu.
I always have read that Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto-ryu was considered the oldest, legitimate, validated lineage within koryu bujutsu circles - founded during the mid-1400s.
What else haven’t I been told?
Oh wait – maybe the above qualifiers answers the question.
Yes, even those pesky ninjers are in there some where as well !