Say what you want about Steven Seagal, but he is legit.
He may have turned into a substantial sized fellow, but there’s no doubt that he knows what he’s doing. Most people didn’t know who he was until he started doing movies and using his many skills as a martial arts master to wow action movie fans worldwide. That’s why it’s easy to sit and make fun of a man whose character is somewhat Clint Eastwood-esque that isn’t Clint Eastwood. Instead, he’s a dude that wore, for the most part, very tight acid wash denim and a greasy pony tail along with a leather jacket, when it was probably 25 degrees outside.
But the fact of the matter is, that Sensei Seagal is a 7th degree black belt and an Aikido master. He lived and learned Japanese culture for 15 years. He trained many actors for action roles out of his Dojo in Los Angeles and it just so happened that he trained a big time talent agent who gave Seagal his first role in “Above the Law” back in 1988, and the rest is history.
Sure he may not move as fast as he used to but, Anderson Silva is a student of his, and we all see what “The Spider” can do. Especially when he went into what seemed like a Zen state in the first round of UFC 148 as Chael Sonnen was pounding Silva’s melon like he was trying to smash a pinata that wouldn’t break.
Would it make a difference if Seagal wasn’t a fat white guy?
Would it be better if he was Asian or Brazilian?
Bruce Lee did movies and he’s still super cool. But then again Lee didn’t look like Seagal, he was ripped to shreds and wore clothes that fit. Nevertheless, even famed MMA reporter Ariel Helwani is a believer and is almost offended when people scoff and laugh whenever they hear the name Steven Seagal.
In addition to his already amazing list of accolades, he’s a huge human rights activist and blues musician. He’s not a loser. He’s done so much in his life. Sadly it’s been tainted by his action persona, the too cool for school, strong, silent type with jeans two sizes too small.