Monday, May 18, 2009

Ode To My Hero: Steven Seagal

If you were a long time reader, you would know that I am an unconditinal fan of Steven Seagal. I firt got interested in Steven because of his achievements in Aikido (Did I mention that I have a blue belt in Aikido? Only 276 times?): 7th dan, first non Japanese dojo sensei in Japan, etc..

Besides being an accomplished martial artist, movie actor and producer, writer, etc, Seagal is also a recording artist and guitarist and the founder of Steven Seagal Enterprises. In addition to his professional achievements, he is also known as an environmentalist, an animal rights activist and, like other actors such as Richard Gere (another actor I admire and respect), is a supporter of Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama and the cause of Tibetan independence. Spiritualism and Buddhism play an important role in Seagal's life and he has been recognized by Tibetan lama Penor Rinpoche as a reincarnated Tulku. According to Seagal in a November 2006 interview: "I was born very different, clairvoyant and a healer" (Wikipedia). So what's not to love?

First, a collection of Sensei Seagal's beautiful moves, compiled by one of his grateful students:

And now that we have established his superiority in martial arts, here are a few clips, showing Steven Seagal's multiple other talents. Take it away, Steven-san!

Steven Seagal the rock star, in London

Steven Seagal the crooner/skaa singer

Steven Seagal's Best Fight Scenes (in French)

About that so-called Chuck Norris and Steven Seagall rivalry? Nonsense! They share the same taste in drinks, even. They are practically brothers.

As to Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal, well, they are real blood brothers. Did you know?

The conclusion is that all three are to be equally feared in a fight.

But still, Steven Seagal, I bow to you in awe and admiration. Domo Arigato gozaimasu, Steven-san!


khoi said...

Steven Seagal est en effet un grand Shihan. Avec lui, ce n'est pas "que" du cinéma.
Vous avez bien fait de le mentionner une 278ème, car je ne le savais pas! :-)
Moi-même suis 1er Kyu. Pratiquez-vous encore?

Buddhist with an attitude said...

Non hélas, cher Khoi, la maternité, l'obsession de gagner du fric, la vie, quoi... autant de distractions. Mais je garde un grand amour pour l'Aikido.

kca said...

Mais c' est quoi le probleme des vietnamiens avec Steven Seagal !!!???

Buddhist with an attitude said...

Je ne sais pas si c'est affaire de nationalité vietnamienne, mais les acteurs que j'aime sont ceux que tout le monde déteste ou méprise: Steven Seagal, Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy, et.. tandis que les préférés du public me font vomir: John Malkovich, Borat, Zak Efron, etc..