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Old 02-24-2002, 04:25 PM   #1
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Celebrity Aikidoka

Does anyone know of any celebrity Aikidoka?

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Old 02-25-2002, 03:24 AM   #2
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

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Does anyone know of any celebrity Aikidoka?

Thank you,
Dean
Hi Dean,

Sorry, but I don't understand what do you mean with Celebrity Aikidoka ?
Can you explain us your question ?

thanks

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Old 02-25-2002, 04:57 AM   #3
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How about Steven Seagal ? I'd recon he would qualify.

I have heard once that Sean Connery have been training aikido, but I don't know for sure.

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Old 02-25-2002, 08:57 AM   #4
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I think I've only heard of Steven Segal. Well, unless you count O Sensei and some other Shihan as celebrities.

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Old 02-25-2002, 10:13 PM   #5
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I really just wanted to know who, in your own opinion, would qualify as a celebrity Aikidoka. In my opinion, certainly Shihans qualify, but I am sure there are others who deserve to mentioned as well.

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Old 02-26-2002, 09:30 AM   #6
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O Sensei, Shihans, and Steven Segal.

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Old 02-26-2002, 01:35 PM   #7
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John Denver was a serious student of aikido before he was killed in a plane crash.

Arlo Guthrie used to train off and on many years ago.

Mike Marshall, a famous ballet dancer is a yudansha in both judo and aikido, I think.

Talk show host, interviewer, and comic Dick Cavett was a serious student of Yamada in NYC.

There are a couple of world government leaders that practice aikido and judo. I can't think of their names just now. President Putin of Russia is a judo yudansha and I think Vaclev Pavel was a student of aikido. There are others.

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Old 02-26-2002, 04:01 PM   #8
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Quote:
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There are a couple of world government leaders that practice aikido and judo. I can't think of their names just now. President Putin of Russia is a judo yudansha and I think Vaclev Pavel was a student of aikido. There are others.
Not to mention a recently deceased Japanese Prime Minister (Japan Aikido Association/Tomiki)

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Old 02-26-2002, 07:23 PM   #9
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Thank you.
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Old 03-03-2002, 08:57 PM   #10
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Well Malaysia's agricultural minister is studying with my sensei but i wouldn't call him exactly a celebrity. His reputation with women is a bit unsavoury. Don't quote me on this hahaa.

And the princes of brunei also learned aikido too.
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Old 03-08-2002, 10:43 PM   #11
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Eek!

John Denver?? REALLY??

I'm quite surprised by that.

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Old 03-10-2002, 01:23 PM   #12
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famous aikidoka

At one time or another and for what duration I dunno, but these are names I've heard and remembered and I'll try to note the attribution:

Loundon Wainwright III, father of Rufus
Mike Ovitz, ˘ber-mench and former Disney bigwig
Jerry Seinfeld (Ovitz biography)
Sean Connery, nidan (said so on Tonight Show; also said Mr. Seagal broke his wrist before Never Say Never Again started filming; didn't blend with the Shomenuchi and said it was his own fault)
Joan Baez (Aikido in America)
John Denver (Sensei was Thom Crum in Aspen; appears in credit for Mr. Crum's Aiki Energizer video)


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Old 03-10-2002, 08:24 PM   #13
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sean connerys a ni dan didnt know that... no wonder he could escape in the Rock.

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Old 03-10-2002, 09:08 PM   #14
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Although the IMDB entry for actor Philip Akin lists him as a "forth [sic] degree black belt," he's now actually a fifth dan in at the Yohsinkan headquarters dojo in Canada. He's a great guy and can do a heck of a nikyo, too.

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Old 04-06-2002, 02:41 PM   #15
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Actor Michael Rooker also was an Aikido student a long time ago in Chicago. He came back for a seminar at our dojo that was held in '96 or '97.

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Old 04-19-2002, 12:02 AM   #16
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Seagal Rooker's sensei??

It says on Michael Rooker's filmography he was "guy in bar" in Above the Law.

http://us.imdb.com/Name?Rooker,+Michael

Could the filming of this flick be where/how he got started in Aikido??

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Old 04-26-2002, 12:00 PM   #17
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Re: Seagal Rooker's sensei??

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It says on Michael Rooker's filmography he was "guy in bar" in Above the Law.

http://us.imdb.com/Name?Rooker,+Michael

Could the filming of this flick be where/how he got started in Aikido??
No - he started Aikido in the 70's....
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Old 05-13-2002, 09:28 AM   #18
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Re: Re: Seagal Rooker's sensei??

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No - he started Aikido in the 70's....
Any info on what org?? Does he still train regularly?? He must be highly ranked by now, right?? Does he teach anywhere??

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Old 05-18-2002, 11:24 AM   #19
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Re: Re: Re: Seagal Rooker's sensei??

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Any info on what org?? Does he still train regularly?? He must be highly ranked by now, right?? Does he teach anywhere??
He started with the late Fumio Toyoda (Aikido Association of America in Chicago) in the 70's sometime...he last visited the dojo, I believe, in 96-97 ??? He was wearing an old beaten-up brown belt - he had stopped when he was brown belt, and only occasionally trained - so, no, he didn't get that high in rank.
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Old 06-11-2002, 01:02 AM   #20
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Wink Seagal

Hey Sceptoor
Do u really want to know about Seagal and what he's doin'?
If it's because u want to train with him u'd b
out of luck he can teach but he doesn't, mainly cos of time i surpose.
If u wnat any thing with Segal i'd be on ur way to america and find out where the top dojo is there they'd point u in the right direction!

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Old 08-18-2002, 09:25 PM   #21
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

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Does anyone know of any celebrity Aikidoka?
Franka Potente, co-star in The Bourne Identity and star of Run Lola Run.
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Old 08-23-2002, 01:20 PM   #22
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Franke Polente?? REALLY? I think I'm off to Germany (lol)! I've had a crush since Run Lola Run

Add Joanie Mitchell to the list. She trained briefly with a nearby dojo in CA.
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Old 08-26-2002, 11:39 AM   #23
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How about Donovan Waite? I seem to remember reading an interview with him in which he mentioned amaking a brief appearance in a movie ("Johnny Suede" was it?).

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Old 11-29-2002, 01:49 AM   #24
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I was just browsing the following web site for something else and noted on the Bio page that Bo Svenson is listed as a black belt in Aikido

http://www.bosvenson.com/index.html

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Old 11-29-2002, 04:20 AM   #25
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To all of those brits (and aussies) out there who who know who he is...

I heard a rumour that Rolf Harris studied aikido.

I would love to have that confirmed.

I can just imagine him teaching.. "can you guess what it is yet?"

and his kiai would be very interesting.

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