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Old 09-24-2004, 03:09 PM   #101
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Re: Steven Seagal

I couldn't agree more Chris.
One thing for sure, his name has an impact. Look at this thread.
As they say, "all press is good press".
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Old 09-24-2004, 08:43 PM   #102
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Re: Steven Seagal

I know I'll hate myself for extending this thread but does Seagal sensei still have a dojo in California? Not necessarily one he teaches at but one claiming his legacy or style?
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Old 09-29-2004, 01:44 PM   #103
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Talking Re: Steven Seagal

Hi my name is Eric. First let me say what a great honour it is to be able to be part of an Aikido forum and secondly to be able to voice and share an opinion. I am very pleased to make all of your aquantances.

I agree with everything you have all said. I believe Taka Sensei or Steven Segal has done both good and bad things for Aikido however I don't think O'Sensei would agree that what Steven Segal was doing was good for Aikido. Chuck Norris is a very good spokes person for Karate as you probably all agree but you must all realize the negative impact his portrayal of the art in his early movies has influenced peoples perceptions and reasons for taking martial arts.

I think Steven Segal set out to prove a point. Have you guys heard the phrase marsh mello martial arts? I heard many people use this phrase about Aikido before Steven Segal made his appearance on the silver screen. Not any more!

His portrayal of Aikido has however left audience members with a less than appropriate percepetion of what Aikido is. The intent is not to kill!

We all strive to unite ourselves harmoniously with the attacker to defuse and negate his inner demons and bring back balance. The principles of Aikido can be implimented through fisical conflict on the mat or on many other battle grounds i.e. spousel matters or getting a promotion at work. This is easily done with conflict in daily life. If the day came however where you had to save lives by taking lives, your Aikido will look like what Steven Segal does in the movies! I guess the true question is what you percieve as Aikido. There is a big difference between Aikido and Aikijujitsu but it is the intent that is the main difference. The techniques are similar if not the same! When the intent is to win at all cost, you are doing Aikijujitsu, when everyone wins, you are doing Aikido.

Remember that Aikijujitsu came first and also remember that now we have a choice, Thanks to O'Sensei.
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Old 09-29-2004, 01:58 PM   #104
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Re: Steven Seagal

Quote:
Dan Guthrie wrote:
I know I'll hate myself for extending this thread but does Seagal sensei still have a dojo in California? Not necessarily one he teaches at but one claiming his legacy or style?
There's a dojo in Irvine, California which is being ran by his leading student, Matsuoka Sensei.

Mr. Matsuoka also happened to be the uke in several of Seagal's early films.
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Old 09-29-2004, 02:35 PM   #105
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Steven Seaga Nutritional Bars

This just in:

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040929/new007_1.html

"Steven Seagal now can add "nutritional bar formulator" to a list of talents that already includes veteran actor, singer/songwriter, guitarist, and Aikido black belt. Maintaining an unrelenting schedule that would tire younger entrepreneurs, the 53-year-old Seagal has just completed two movies, "Into the Sun" and "Submerged." His album, Songs from the Crystal Cave, released earlier this year, has already hit the pop charts in Europe."

The article lists his new website at http://www.stevenseagalenterprises.com/...

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Old 09-30-2004, 01:20 AM   #106
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Jun, I wouldn't call that his new website, so much as a website to promote his products.
There are an unofficial site with great info about Seagal. www.steven-seagal.net i believe.

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