To: Lady In Blue; RLK
Steven Seagal is another martial arts star that really has a serious martial arts background. As a young man, Seagal saw Morehei Ueshiba, founder of aikido, demonstrate the flowing, throwing art in a class. He was hooked. Seagal ended up living in Japan for 15 years, married his instructor's daughter, and became one of the highest-ranking gaijin (foreigners) in aikido.
Seagal also holds black belt rank in kenjutsu, combat with the Japanese sword, and has trained in karate, judo, and jujitsu as well. Seagal began teaching aikido in Japan, breaking traditions as one of the first non-Japanese to start his own school. He continued teaching in Hollywood upon his return, which led to his movie career. Seagal is now becoming known as the leader of a Buddhist religious sect.
posted on 11/22/2002 10:59:01 PM PST
I used to live in Ueshiba's hometown of Tanabe in Wakayama prefecture, myself. A lot of foreigners live there and are studying Aikido now. It's funny because Segal also speaks Osaka-ben Japanese like I and my wife. His daughter is pretty hot too...
posted on 11/23/2002 3:50:35 AM PST
I was under the impression Seagal was training in Aikido and Koppojutsu, which is a striking system that focuses on striking the bones and joints of the body with the intention of breaking/destroying them.
posted on 11/23/2002 3:51:26 AM PST
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