In my humble opinion, folks that bad mouth Seagal Sensei do so usually out of pure jealousy.
DJM: The Joseph McCarthy argument: "The real problem is with those disagreeing with my viewpoint..."
As a true fan of the sir however,
DJM: "True fan"--echoes of "true believer"...
Granted the media sucks and hate him for whatever reason
DJM: There are reasons. A true fan might prefer plucking out their eye to seeing them. From: http://www.lukeford.net/profiles/pro...ven_seagal.htm
Ned Zeman writes in the October 2002 issue of Vanity Fair: "Seagal's film career is in a death spiral thanks in part to his vile, simian behaviour toward colleagues, women, employees and reporters - not to mention his serial dissembling, his dime-store theology and his all-round vulgarism."
and they will never print a stroy with the truth about him.
DJM: A tautology? IE, if it's not good, it's not the truth? Hmm...
However, as aikidoka or students of any style with aiki principles, I don't think it's proper anybody bad mouth a legitimate Sensei authenticated by a legitimate organization.
DJM: With the caveat: "Without good reason." There are reasons.
So, unless the sir does something really stupid like commit a priestlike felony, let's give him the benefit of the doubt.
DJM: Done. He's settled out of court on sexuall harrassment charges and according the the website above, is a bigamist.
Also, about his Aikido, I don't understand how anyone that truly knows anything at all about him can deny it's realness, authenticity, whatever you want a call it.
DJM: I've only heard good things about his aikido. Brings to mind Ellis Amdur's post on lineage where he says he's known too many good practitioners who were bad people...