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Old 12-23-2002, 03:03 AM   #21
mike lee
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Join Date: Jun 2002
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way off base

A culture that glorifies graphic violence is a sick culture. It has nothing to do with martial art or aikido.

The old "Kung Fu" TV series was far more instructive in the proper attitude, ways and use of martial arts, and in the proper behavior of a martial artist.

Most films don't even attempt to show the essence of the arts, they just show the crudeness. In the end, there can only be a negative effect on society. This is the stark reality of the situation.

Steven Seagal was in a powerful position to do something about it, but he now appears to be too self-absorbed. I would not consider him to be a good role model or a represetative of aikido. He simply comes across as nothing more than a bully. Ultimately, it's everybody's loss. It's a tremendous waste of talent and a shame.
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