Dean Suter (Amassus) wrote:
A friend of mine told me what he thought of aikido before I took it up and explained its philosophy to him. When he heard it was known as a gentle art, he scoffed at it. His only association with the art had been what he had saw of Seagal and of another fellow that left my club many years ago because he was refused his black belt due to poor attitude. As far as my friend knew, it was all about the harsh techniques and taunting your opponents into fighting.
Seagal did nothing else but show exactly how Aikido can be applied to real-life attacks.
He did not make anything "harsher" than it had to be, he simply "blended" with the attacks in a manner that was necessary to make techniques work with these attacks.
I'm sure, if he was being attacked by an old lady with an umbrella, he would've "blended" with the attack in a way which resembles YOUR vision of Aikido more closely.