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Old 08-19-2009, 01:51 PM   #61
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
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Re: Steven Seagal seems like a jerk teacher. A bit at least...

Mr. Orange,

Please don't misquote me...in my earlier post I referred to Cagney, Tracy and Carradine as actors who engendered interest in the martial arts through movies and did not characterize their portrayals as "misuse". The point I made was that Seagal Sensei created an interest in an uncommon martial art at the time and brought people into dojo to experience Aikido personally. In my personal opinion, creating the interest was a positive contribution and many would not have discovered Aikido (Seagal), Karate (Norris), Kung Fu (Carradine), Lee (Wing Chun/Jeet Kune Do), Judo (Cagney), or Jujutsu (Tracy) had it not been for the films they made. What I do say or write can create it's own controversy without being misquoted.

Michael
"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."