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Old 12-22-2006, 10:16 AM   #1
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Ask Segal a question

Hi everyone. I regularly visit this website and notice that there is often talk about Steven Segal. I'm giving you a chance to ask him any question you would like. I work for the Sunday Sun, a regional newspaper in the north of England, and one of our features in the paper each week is called ASK.
Essentially it is an opportunity for the readers to ask a celebrity any question they want. I have lined Steven Segal up for this feature. He and Thunderbox are playing a few gigs in our circulation area and his British PR people have agreed to the feature. I will select the best questions and forward them on. So if you have ever wanted to quiz the man on anything from Aikido, his films or music here is your chance. The article should appear in the New Year and also appear on line, when it does I will post a link here.
Send your questions to ask.sundaysun@ncjmedia.co.uk
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:33 PM   #2
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Re: Ask Segal a question

I think first before he would answer the question, you'd have to spell his name correctly. It is Seagal.
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Old 12-22-2006, 07:38 PM   #3
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Thanks Kevin, especially since another excellent person to ask about training in Japan under Abe Seiseki sensei would be Mr. Neil Segal in Iowa, who hosted Abe sensei earlier this year and is a true gentleman to boot. Happy holidays all.
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Old 12-23-2006, 04:15 AM   #4
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I won't be the first person to incorrectly spell a word on a website discussion forum while I am typing quickly in my lunch break and I won't be the last.
Thanks to everyone for your questions. The ask email address has been inundated. For those of you interested I will post the link on this forum when it is published.
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Old 12-23-2006, 04:54 AM   #5
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sorry did not mean to come across as rude. I appologize.
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Old 12-24-2006, 03:54 PM   #6
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When I visit a new place I always check out local dojos and find one to train in.

A few years back Seagal went to Korea and I half expected him to turn up on the mat where we were training ... of course, I was mistaken. Why does he not visit local dojos to train when travelling like so many other people do when travelling? Does he think he is too important? That is my question

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Old 12-25-2006, 04:04 AM   #7
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let me get this straing - you're miffed because Segal didn't turn up to your dojo to train and he's the one with issues around feeling over important?

"When your only tool is a hammer every problem starts to look like a nail"
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Old 12-25-2006, 03:54 PM   #8
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I did not really expect him to train, of course. I expect he would have wanted tons of money that we wouldn't have had for seminar fees and so on.

As I said though, Aikidoka that travel tend to seek Aikido out. In Korea, we had many visistors pass through who went on holiday or business trips with their keikogis taking up lotsa baggage space - it's kinda normal. I do it too.

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Old 12-25-2006, 05:17 PM   #9
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My impression is that people of his rank don't often just drop into dojos wherever they happen to be to take classes.

For one thing, it can be construed as rude if the top teacher at the school is of lesser rank, as there will be implicit pressure to invite the higher ranked visiting teacher to teach a class. Hence, showing up without prior arrangement and a relationship with the sensei can appear presumptuous.

He could just show up with a white belt and take a beginner's class, but do you really think this is common among shihan-ranked teachers? In his case in particular, I think he would get flack for attempting a publicity stunt. Also, how likely do you think it is that showing up to such a random class would be worth a 7th dan's time?
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Old 12-25-2006, 05:58 PM   #10
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I'm a lowly shodan and I get pretty apprehensive about wearing yudansha rank in a dojo that I'm visiting. I usually do don a white belt when I'm traveling, but nobody knows who I am so it doesn't matter. Steven Seagal doesn't exactly blend into a crowd either.

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Old 12-25-2006, 08:25 PM   #11
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Shihan's generally seek out other shihans, having made their contacts in their younger days. Their goals in training are likely somewhat different, so without appearing rude, wasting time in a dojo they don't know is something they would probably avoid. I.e., there's got to be some kind of benefit for the shihan as well, unless he's a really really sociable down-to-earth kind with tons of free time (I don't know any with those attributes...).
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Old 12-25-2006, 10:21 PM   #12
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Ezra shihan from England I believe contacted one of our association dojos (Jorge Garcia) to train when visiting relatives in Houston TX. There are other dojos in the Houston area with higher ranked senseis but he decided to visit our dojo in January.
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Old 12-26-2006, 03:01 AM   #13
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excuse me if this seems rude John: "you lucky bastard!" I've had the pleasure of Ezra sensei's instruction in the early 1990's in South Africa, I'm confident he is just as personable and down to earth now as he was then. A true gentleman.
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Old 12-26-2006, 03:51 AM   #14
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Gernot Hassenpflug wrote:
(I don't know any with those attributes...).

Nakao sensei of the Kobe Seibukan is one with these attributes. Every year he and his wife go abroad on vacation, they take their gi's with them and find a local dojo to train in.

A difficult problem is easily solved by asking yourself the question, "Just how would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:41 AM   #15
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I'm not the lucky one-I don't get to train. I'm too far away from Houston-Jorge and his students are the lucky ones.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:15 AM   #16
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I wanna ask Take Sensei about his smiles that he makes when he hears the world critics. The people that would like to press a waza like he does it. And about his movies and how it was easier to pull fights than scripts. Then I would like to take my hat off to the man. Why do you all envy him? I can understand if you don`t like his hard style but he is a brilliant Aikidoka. I have met many people in Japan that dig his style....I have met ranked hombu instructors that respect his style..... what is it about haters in the Aikido world???? I don`t understand. Dynamics....I don`t get the haters....I think is envy and envy really has no place in Aikido...it is like .......I can`t use words cause words are cheap.

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Old 12-26-2006, 10:23 AM   #17
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Yeah the thread holds respect for the man.....great job job guys.....let us maintain it.....as soon as I seen a Seagal thread I responded without reading, my mistake! Sorry again...and again let us maintain it!

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Old 12-27-2006, 08:14 AM   #18
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Nakao sensei of the Kobe Seibukan is one with these attributes. Every year he and his wife go abroad on vacation, they take their gi's with them and find a local dojo to train in.
I was lucky enough to be in one of the dojo where he and his wife stopped by to train. Not only would he not "take over" the class, he trained like everyone else, took ukemi like everyone else, did situps after practice like everyone else, did otto geiko after class, like everyone else.

He is one of the best examples of aikido I've ever had the pleasure to train with. It is a shame more don't follow his example, of any rank. Powerfull aikido too...

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Old 12-29-2006, 09:52 AM   #19
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Ron you are a lucky man to have been blessed with the experience of training with such a person (movie star aside).....and for him to be so compliant opens my eyes even more. My impression of the man is that is hard and has a huge understanding!.....In a dream world I would like to think he would respect anothers approach....and you experienced that....that holds value....and also shines a new light on the man....I love his Aikido! He pushes his students into real life situations...I think people can learn from that ...that is why I back him 100%......

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Old 12-29-2006, 09:59 AM   #20
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Uh, my post referenced Nakao Sensei, not Seagal Sensei. But yeah, I think I'm pretty lucky just the same.

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Old 01-12-2007, 05:05 PM   #21
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I would like to ask Steven Seagal how it felt when Judo Jean Labell choked him out on the set of his movie Under Siege.

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Old 01-17-2007, 07:13 AM   #22
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Hello all.
Here are the Seagal questions which appeared in the paper. As you can all understand the Sunday Sun is a family newspaper and not a specialist martial arts publication so the number of martial art related questions had to be limited so the article would appeal to the widest possible audience.
Those martial art questions which do appear here though were kindly provided by people form this forum and for that I thank you all.
Here it is:

YOU have become an expert in martial arts and have established yourself as an accomplished actor. Why do you now feel the need to move into the music industry?


This is not something new to me. My first artistic endeavour was playing music. Music has been part of my life prior to my martial arts studies and acting career. It will continue to be because it is my first.


WHAT and who are your musical influences?


There are many musicians I admire, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Gate Mouth Brown, Charlie Patton, Son House, Lightning Hopkin, Elmore James, Robert Johnson to name just a few.


CAN you be musically inspired, while doing serious Budo-training?


Music and Buddhism both play a major part in who I am. I'm very philosophical about it, that's part of my Buddhist approach.


YOU have acted alongside some major stars including Michael Caine, Tommy Lee Jones and Kurt Russell. Is there anyone left in Hollywood who you would like to work with?


I could not be specific on this question. There are many great actors that I look forward to the privilege of working with.


NOW that your music career is well established does this mean you have given up on films or will you continue to pursue both?


No, I love both of my careers and will continue to perform in both. I see my future split between the two mediums.


WOULD you like to appear in any other film genre, such as comedy?


I like to think I am adaptable but I just take each project as it comes. While I am here in the UK there is talk of me hosting an edition of The Friday Night Project on Channel 4. I understand that could be a lot of fun.


HAS the discipline gained through your Aikido training helped you in any other part of your life?


I think it has. I think it makes me a better person.


WILL you be taking any classes at Dojos or clubs in the north east of England during your visit?


I get approached by clubs a lot, to either train with them or teach. Unfortunately, on this tour there is just not the time available.


HOW do you manage to devote enough time to each of your three careers, movies, martial arts and music?


I have never really needed too much sleep, I get by on a few hours every day . . . that's how I find the time for everything.


HOW many movies have you made to date?


I have just finished filming my 33rd action film and when I finish this European leg of my world tour I will start on my 34th.
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Old 01-17-2007, 07:44 AM   #23
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I wonder what's (was) his favorite technique .... I'm guessing iriminage

Anyway, too late for that question and it wasn't a martial art interview anyway.

Thanks Robert for the post.
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:24 PM   #24
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Why, Mr. Seagal have you let yourself become so morbidly obese over the years?
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:46 PM   #25
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Well, I guess he answered my question:

Aikido practice while travelling - No time available.

Less said the better ...

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