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In today’s video, we’ll be showing you one man that you don’t want to mess with. Steven Seagal is well known for his many action roles but even though he’s just acting, those moves are real. I understand that it might be quite tempting to think that you can take someone on in a fight, the way many YouTubers are challenging real-life boxers. In your head, it might look like you can win but free advice, don’t try it. However, if it is in real life or your imagination, one person you don’t want to mess with is the infamous Steven Seagal. He is one of the most divisive action stars and even though he is way past his prime, you still don’t want to mess with him.
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Steven Fredric Seagal was born on April 10, 1952, in Lansing, Michigan to his mother Patricia who was a medical technician, and his father Samuel who was a high school mathematics teacher. He is an American actor, screenwriter, and martial artist. But how did it all start for Seagal? And how did he become a man you don’t want to mess with?
Steven Seagal wasn’t always macho. In fact, as a young child, Seagal was frail and suffered from asthma. As a young boy, he started studying martial arts under Fumio Demura. And when he became a teenager, just after high school, Seagal moved to Japan to teach English. It was there he learned his martial arts skills. He learned Aikido, Judo, Kendo, and Karate. And when he was in Japan, he opened his own Aikido dojo. This became a huge achievement for the actor as he was the first Westerner to own a dojo in Japan. To open a dojo in Japan means that you actually have skills, and who wants to mess with a dojo master? Not me.
Steven Seagal returned to the U.S and opened an Aikido dojo in California. During his peak Aikido career, the martial artist opened several dojos around the world. He gave seminars all over the world, demonstrating his skills. By the time he ventured into the entertainment industry, it was easy to make him into an action hero. He started working on his first film in 1987 and it was titled Above the Law. The film was a success and it paved the way for his subsequent movies such as Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, and Out for Justice.
Since Aikido as a martial art was not so popular at the time, most people used Seagal’s movies to get a glimpse of the martial art and he portrayed the art in his own unique style that made it attractive and realistic.
During his career, Seagal not only acted in movies as the action man but he also worked as a choreographer as he choreographed martial art fight scenes in most of the movies. He worked with several star actors, including Sean Connery and Toshiro Mifune.
Interestingly, even after opening his own Aikido dojo, Seagal had to put those martial arts skills to real use. He became a bodyguard for celebrities like Kelly LeBrock and Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz. Although the martial artist was never found fighting in the UFC, he has trained top-notch MMA fighters like Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva. And as evidence of his prowess and martial arts skills, the Brazilian mixed martial artist Lyoto Machida credited Seagal for helping him perfect the front kick that he used to knock out Randy Couture at UFC 129 in 2011.
Seagal holds a 7th dan black belt in Aikido and he has been an instructor of the martial art for decades. He is also a Shihan in Aikido Aikikai and he holds black belts in Karate, Judo and Kendo. If you don’t mind messing with Steven Seagal then you surely don’t want to mess with his friend. If you didn’t know, Steven Seagal is friends with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. The two friends met in 2014 at the Moscow film festival and hit it off thanks to their shared love of martial arts. That’s right. Putin is also a martial artist with an 8th-degree black belt in Judo.
Seagal and Putin have been seen together visiting dojos and promoting old Soviet exercise programs. They both visited the Russian Judo team when the team was preparing for the 2012 Olympics. To cement their relationship, Seagal was granted both Russian and Serbian citizenship in 2016 and by 2018, he was appointed as Russia’s special envoy to the United States. Aside from being a well-rounded martial artist, Seagal has been involved with law enforcement as far back as the 1980s. This happened after he was invited to train the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s department in hand-to-hand combat and marksmanship.
Steven Seagal is a sheriff’s deputy in New Mexico he was deputized by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s department in 2013. According to the LA Times, he was made a deputy of the small department in Southern New Mexico along the United States-Mexico border to train the other deputies in a number of different disciplines. Over the years, there have been various criticisms disputing Seagal’s chosen martial art, saying Aikido is not that great for self-defense. Nevertheless, he is certainly skilled and worthy of his seventh dan black belt in Aikido and other martial arts.
Even though the martial artist is past his prime, given his achievements in the martial arts world, you don’t want to mess with Steven Seagal. Since we are not pitting Seagal against any contender, we would love to judge him as a fighter across four major categories. These are fighting pedigree, physique, skill, and improvisation. We’ll award a maximum of 10 points for each category and in the end, we’ll see Seagal’s cumulative score.
Steven Seagal gets 8 points in this category because of his experience and expertise in 4 different kinds of martial arts. Although he never fought professionally, he has taught some MMA fighters, choreographed fighting scenes, and trained deputies in law enforcement.
With a height of 6’4″ and a weight of 130 kg in his prime years, Seagal was a hefty force and he would be able to hold himself against contenders his size. And so, in this category, he gets 7 points.
As an Aikido master, Seagal must have learned a lot of skills that he taught to his students and MMA fighters. His combination of Aikido, Judo, Karate, and Kendo will have added more skills to his arsenal. So 8 points to Seagal in this round.
From many of his sparring videos online, Seagal is known for some particular skills like the wrist lock or counter-directional moves. So he is not one to always improvise. So in this category, we award 7 points.
With a total of 30 points, Steven Seagal definitely falls in the category of people that you don’t want to mess with.
So tell us, do you agree with our verdict? Let us know what you think in the comment section. Thanks for watching. We’ll see you in the next one.
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