Does Steven Seagal’s Aikido Work? • Martial Arts Journey

Does Steven Seagal’s Aikido Work? • Martial Arts Journey


Does Steven Seagal’s Aikido Work? That Aikido is not an effective martial art
is becoming widely known. In the past it was easier to hide this fact,
since there was no world wide web and also functional martial arts were not yet on the
rise to go toe to toe with other martial arts and prove their ineffectiveness. Yet some Aikido practitioners while they do
agree that it doesn’t work to a certain extent, many still claim that it’s just
some styles that are ineffective and take Steven Seagal’s Aikido form of Aikido as
an example of an effective Aikido version. Whether that is the truth or not, in this
Martial Arts Journey video we will be taking a look at whether Steven Seagal’s Aikido
Really Works? The first question we need to ask is Why Do
these people consider Steven Seagal’s Aikido style more effective than that of others. I’d like to point out, that probably the
way Aikido is portrayed in his movies has a big influence on people’s perspective. It is very direct, brutal and distinctly different
from the aesthetic and almost “polite” versions of Aikido, which sometimes is difficult
to imagine in a realistic violent scenario. Having all this violence in Seagal’s performed
Aikido moves on screen definitely makes a better impression on many people. His movie techniques also include a range
of punches and kicks, which are oftentimes left out majorly from many Aikido styles,
once more making them look less effective in comparison. Of course, movies are movies, and what an
actor can do in a choreographed movie scene, does not mean he will be able to perform all
of it in a real life setting. That is why we need to take a closer look
at how Steven Seagal performed his techniques off the movie set. When comparing most Aikido videos that show
Steven Seagal’s Aikido demonstrations, there are still visible differences from regular
Aikido that you would mostly see online and in various Dojos. Seagal’s techniques look more direct, powerful
and more energetic than most Aikido demonstrations. One of such examples, is the entering straight
with an arm towards an attacking partner, while stepping to the side of his attack. While it is not exclusive to his style, it
is less seen in other Aikido styles and many Aikido styles perform it in a much gentler
way, which again makes it look less effective. He also occasionally demonstrates a neck choke,
which is once more a step from regular Aikido and seems to be a step towards a more functional
version of the art. There are also some visible, fast paced hand
deflections that he uses against various attacks, and also some kick defense, which both tend
to be rare in other Aikido schools, yet again making his Aikido style look superior. Having all these details in mind, it is no
wonder that many people see Steven Seagal’s Aikido as the effective version. Yet as Matt Thornton, a famous figure in the
realm of functional martial arts once told me: rougher doesn’t mean it is more effective. In truth, while all these distinct elements
of Seagal’s style definitely make it different and looks more impressive, it doesn’t really
still answer whether his style is effective or not. That is why we need to ask further questions
– of which most import – how to distinguish a functional martial art from a non-functional
one? One of the best phrases I heard I heard dedicated
to doing this is to: “Look not at how the master applies his techniques, but watch at
how the attackers attack”. This is a great principle, which can be applied
to any martial art and it’s demonstrations, so let’s apply it to analysing Steven Seagal’s
Aikido. If you take a look at any demonstration performed
by Steven Seagal – past or present, and you focus and analyse the attackers, you will
soon discover that there is pretty much no resistance offered by them. While the techniques performed by Seagal look
more efficient, generally the attacks of his attackers not only look pretty much the same
as in regular Aikido, such as lounging towards him with both arms extended, or grabbing his
offered hand, but they also apply the same principle of attacking with almost no resistance
whatsoever and they fall in the same prearranged ways as in infamously done in any regular
Aikido style. And while some would say that: “You have
to fall, otherwise you will get injured”, having personally practiced Aikido for more
than a decade and also training in functional martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and
MMA, I can tell you as a fact, that while this logic applies to a few Aikido techniques,
in most of the cases, the idea that you have to fall or you will get hurt, is simply just
a myth. You can easily find a way to resist many Aikido
techniques or spin out of them, and they will cause you no harm. One more major flaw seen in Seagal’s demonstrations,
is that the punches are mostly done in the same manner as in most Aikido schools: by
throwing the punch and leaving the arm sticking out there without retracting it, to – let
the him perform his technique. Any functional martial artist knows that an
effective strike consists of retracting the punch and it is simply unnatural to leave
the arm sticking out there after striking, what even an untrained attacker wouldn’t
do. In Aikido, sticking the arm out after a punch,
implies that a master is supposed to catch the fist mid air as it is in motion, but again,
any real fighter knows that it is almost impossible to do it in reality and thus all of these
techniques which rely on this are completely ineffective. Even if you see a combination of punches that
Seagal defend from, after a couple of strikes are thrown, the attacker just stands there
without offering any live resistance, waiting to be thrown, and all Seagal really has to
do, is to know how to defend against a couple pre-arranged strikes and then to apply the
same static technique without any more difference. With all of this observed, it appears, that
Steven Seagal’s approach to striking defense is not really that different from a regular,
ineffective Aikido style. Some may argue though that sometimes demos
can be different from the way the art is practiced in the school, that is why it is still important
to take a look at his teaching methods, to really find out whether his style is effective
or not. One part that I was impressed with while watching
a documentary about Seagal in his youth, was footage of his black belt tests. While the flaws mentioned before when techniques
were performed with a cooperative partner were still the same, one part of the tests
stood out – and that is when he had three resisting attackers grab the testy with full
force and to try to push him down to the ground. Such a method of pressure testing definitely
resembles the realm of functional martial arts, where a practitioner has to perform
his techniques against people who do not want him to have them applied, and that is where
real application appears. Unfortunately, while I really respect the
fact that Seagal had his students go through such an experience, they also yet again showed
some of the flaws of the teaching method. While it is important to address that attackers
would not use strikes, still the movement and techniques performed by the student would
change dramatically from how it would be trained in regular training and many trained techniques
would not come up in such a pressure tested moment. As it is said, you fight how you train, if
the training is very distinct from how it is actually applied in a pressure testing
situation, that is one more bad sign, usually showing the lack of effectiveness in the training
method itself. While training all the time with live resisting
opponents as in Seagal’s documented special part of the black belt tests, would very likely
raise Aikido to a more functional level, unfortunately it appears that such training method would
be rarely used in his teachings and the rest of the training would be mainly focused on
the regular Aikido methodology, where there is no live resistance and full cooperation
between attacker and defender in performed techniques. This flaw can also be observed in unique footage
where Steven Seagal had a chance to coach a legendary MMA fighter Anderson Silva. Despite the fact that the context was MMA,
most of the times Seagal would still present the training methodology of Aikido, presenting
the same flaws of logic while asking Silva to keep his punch hanging at the end of it,
which would never be done in MMA setting. And probably the reason for teaching this
way was not due to goals of efficiency, but simply because that is the only way those
presented Aikido techniques work. Even in cases where Seagal would ask Silva
to do a faster, retracted punch, Silva would then stay standing without any following movements
and offering no live resistance, until the technique was done unto him. Yet again, any functional martial artist knows
that you fight how you train. Any technique can look effective under coordinated
circumstances, yet in order for it to work in a real fight, the technique has to be tested
in sparring setting against a live resisting opponent. Unfortunately, in the training session between
Steven and Silva, while many static techniques were introduced, no live sparring and pressure
testing to apparently has been done, and relying on my personal Aikido and MMA experience,
I will be bold enough to say, that there was no sparring or pressure testing – because
those same presented techniques would simply not have worked under real pressure, which
functional martial arts are based on. It is no wonder that that the training between
Seagal and Silva was a one time thing. Professional MMA fighters always seek to gain
an edge in their fighting game and they grab everything that works. If Seagal’s teaching method would had been
a game changer, I am quite sure we would have seen many more coaching sessions between him
and other famous fighters. One more important thing to note, is that
what works for Seagal himself, does not yet mean it will work for his students as well. Steven is a big person and it is only a myth
that size does not matter in martial arts, and that it’s only about how well you perform
a technique. Otherwise we would not have weight classes
in MMA, BJJ, Judo, Boxing or any other functional martial art. Using your size and weight alongside your
technique to throw a person is a huge defying factor whether the throw will be effective
or not, and in most cases, Seagal is much bigger than who he is demonstrating his techniques
against, yet again making it look more effective, but in reality leaving a big gap when the
same is expected from other students of his style. Whether Steven Seagal is a good fighter or
not, that is another question to ask, and it could be proven only if he would get into
the ring to fight against another actual fighter, who would be offering live resistance. Until that is done, we can only speculate
whether he is. Yet to answer the question whether Seagal’s
Aikido style is effective or not, we may have just the right amount of information to come
to a conclusion. Is his style more effective than most Aikido
styles? It could be. Especially having in mind that some live resistance
Is offered at least at the black belt tests to train a practitioner’s skills under pressure. Yet is his style different enough to be named
a functional martial art? Probably not. While it is definitely different from regular
Aikido, the fact it still follows pretty much the same training methodology and relationship
with alive resistance like other regular Aikido styles, it is not enough to make it effective. And while it Looks better and more impressive
than most Aikido, how a martial art looks, does not yet say much about how actually effective
it is when faced with a real attacker. Unless a practice is constantly pressure tested
and the same techniques are applied again and again on a live resisting opponent, even
the best looking martial art will never become real. Do you think Steven Seagal’s Aikido is effective? Let me know in the comments. If you liked the video, click the like and
subscribe buttons. If you want to know more about Steven Seagal’s
negative past, click on the video in the corner. This was Rokas and I wish you to own your
Journey.

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    Sergiuss555

    it's funny that his aikido might be more effective than others because of having extra non-aikido elements.
    I think an aikido can be super effective if it completely embraces MMA techniques but keeps calling itself aikido.

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    Robert M

    Good video, and fair evaluation. I remember when the 1st UFC fight was on, nobody expected Gracie to win with Jiu-Jitsu. I think if you have any form of grappling as a base, and then learn striking, it will help round you out as a better martial artist. Always learning new techniques and methods will also improve your game.

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    daniel spasovski

    What is fuctional martial art? You have to make a distinction between sport and martial art. Budo and bugei. Aikido is harmony etc. But also aikido can be very functional if you training for self defense with adding atemi and other stuff like in bugei style. Steven have special aikido and it's beautiful aikido and effective also. That's my opinion. Respect for your opinion but I don't think you are right. Martial arts with no sparing does not mean that they are not effective, lot of this Japanese arts like daito Ryu where used in wars for survival. Bugei is preparing the samurai for war. That is my opinion.

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    Emir Latinović

    Aikido, Jujutsu is based on controlling the opponent by grappling techniques.

    That's why there's no resistance by opponents.

    If you move while being grappled, you'll hurt your self badly, catastrophically.

    All of the grapplings are done extremely fast.

    So you don't have time to react and defend.

    In grappling, speed is everything.

    If you do the defence or attack slowly, in a real life, you'll end up in hospital.

    In this video, we see grappling being done slowly to show other students how it's been done.

    So the author of this video has never stepped in a dojo.

    What base he has to comment anybody's martial art?

    His endless kung fu movies over watching?

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    Emir Latinović

    All of you must have been the greatest of all martial artists to have such bold comments.

    All of you against Steven Seagal have only punched your female family members than you come here to comment about the martial arts.

    I would like to see you douchebags against Steven Seagal.

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    oldcutler100

    Seagal has a history, trained a lot of black belts, Police officers etc. Seagal, Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Van Damme all seems to have a history of either competing or teaching. When Bruce was filming Enter the Dragon, many people challenged him. I am pretty sure most of these guys on the movie set got a fair share of challenges . Martial Arts action heroes , doesn't want to be called a Paper Dragon, only can fight in the movies. Why people are judging Seagal, because he got so fat, I think if he was in shape, none of these questions would come up.

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    cedricbeard

    Wait a second even Boxing fails without a referee breaking it up. Let alone when you are just learning. You can lose at slap boxing to an average-Joe, because all slap boxers get an automatic Holyfield chin.

    Bottom line, you have to stop and start in TRAINING. That doesn’t mean Akido won’t work.

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    Charles Dinkins

    He had a chance to fight van damme and ran away. Van damme and Stallone confirmed this encounter. Segal claims that Michael Jai White and Van Damme are not martial artists. In a real world scenario Aikido is highly ineffective which is why there aren't any Aikido blackbelts in professional MMA bouts. The closest time he came to a real world scenario was when he assaulted another non trained actor for laughing and getting choked out by a judo master.

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    Toxophilite

    Shotokan karate knocks people out. Aikido is a dance and love making in a street fight👊
    Using karate 95% of the street thugs I knocked out was a one strike event.

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    Michael T

    Yes its effective. Its TenShin style and its going to work on 90% of attackers unless someone is very strong. Then Seagal would use more kicks and strikes. He was the only american to have a dojo in Japan.
    Van Damme is athletic and showy but would get owned by Seagal on the street.

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    DNN TV CLASSICS

    The worst MMA fighter i have ever met would completely crush a prime Seagal in a real fight. The worst female UFC fighter to have even won at least 1 UFC fight would kick his ass.

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    Angels Joker

    Either you go soft on soft (but stay less effective) or both go rough for pressure testing and making sure the techniques are effective. Going rough against non-resisting training partners just shows you're a douche.
    I liked his strategic positioning against multiple attackers though, going off line to make one attacker block the other attackers access to the target. But you'd additionally need to know how to neutralise an attacker and that's not with Aikido.

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    Mr.X Power Guy

    You want to know effective aikido style? Just go here in Philippines and seek for phifeca(Philippine federation combat aikido) and be able to test it by yourselves ao you can decide which is which?

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    Moreno J

    In the ring fighting is different on street fighting.
    In the ring you have rules, on street don't and you don't care about the rules because your real anger inside you.
    Seagal only true story is, that he really like burgers and other fad food.

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    8cspohn

    The only thing I always find odd about people that have just figured out training to fight is the way, seems like they say thing like "only recently has functional martial arts started to be a thing". That said, you always have interesting videos.

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    Paul Rivera

    First off, it's just a movie. Second, put him in regular clothes and put him in a real fight. Usually when you see someone in a martial arts clothing, I think it is called a ghee, that usually means they follow specific rules.

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    Jhonny Caicedo

    just like chuck when he got in the ring with Joyce Grace, he got choked out really quickly and he was a competitive Karate Champion, but he lacked the grappling training. the problem with us is that we romanticize movies and idolized the actors, just like so many people who have no idea about fighting swear up and down that Bruce lee could be anyone under heaven and they affirm it with such conviction that it is stupid trying to make them understand that it is not so

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    Best Bout Gaming

    Bruce Lee cracked the code like 45 years ago. There's no one dominating art, you mix and match from all of them.

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    can ulker

    To those of you who bullshit and disrespect Aikido. You're welcome to attack me the way you want! INCLUDING with a KNIFE! We'll see what happens next. Aikido is NO FUCKIN JOKE. # 1 rule in Aikido is to SURVIVE. We do NOT punch or kick to get fuckin points. We do Aikido to survive our life against say multiple attackers with knives. So I can punch you or ecven kick you or break your arm or leg or your neck (you may die BTW apparently) depending upon your aim on me. Of course I would not try to kill you even if you want to kill me. I would just immobilize you. Oh and yeah especially those MMA guys, by all means please do attack me and live with the consequences! So this idiot's video is bulshit. He either did not have a good Sensei or had a bad experience with some groups of Aikido like those the Ki society. I am a Sandan in Aikido and I don't approve this msg haha 😉

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    Gerry Dugan

    Aikido only effective for counter attack. Thats the principle of aikido only effective for self defense. Aikido practitioner don’t attack . If you can see steven seagal only waiting an attack then execute the counter attack technique.

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    sclm55

    Well. Because I've ONLY seen Seagal apply his Aikido techniques in CONTROLLED settings – that is where the 'opponents' signal their predetermined strikes and kicks in the extreme; and as you point out as well, do not retract their striking appendages quickly in a normal (wise) fashion, but freeze them extended outwardly (in an unnatural – and unwise manner). I'd have to conclude that over-all neither Seagal, nor his best students (who 'train' in the same manner as well), would fair any better than you did climbing into the ring with an experienced MMA or street fighter.

    So until I see Seagal – or his prize students – in a actual-realistic-full-speed combative encounter with, say, an experienced MMA fighter. I'd say his style may appear more effective to the untrained eye. But everyone needs to watch the 'speed' and delivery of the 'attackers' strikes.

    Question have you tested yourself yet, attempting to use your Aikido techniques against some of your MMA buddies, now that you have been involved in MMA for a year or so?

    I'd have to think that you have learned to take a punch by now. So that the fear of being struck does not distract you now from concentrating on attempting to apply a Aikido technique…if it's possible to do so.

    I'd be interested in seeing some videos demonstrating these things concerning your progress and testing of your Aikido skills.

    Good bless.

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    Eddie Sanch

    I invite all of you to watch rogue warriors tv channel. This guy will make you change your mind. better yet I invite you to try fighting him.

    https://youtu.be/Rqv_ddXPSSE

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    Barak Milner

    Rocas, I am bit surprised that your'e saying this because I saw you get trained by Lenny Sly. Here is a video that shows that it does work :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyeZ4epzMbs&t=139s

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    Micheal Tomelloso

    If you all think all of this nothing but a joke, why don't take an Aikido class and find out for yourself, Steven Seigal is no joke and is art, l took and an Aikido class and got thrown around like a rag doll, and l know a Martial art, Aikido is no joke, it's deadly!

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    Jose Fuentes

    Ive been in lots of fights in my life. I was stabbed in my ribs using jiujitsu on the ground once. So I will never try to go on the ground its VERY dangerous. In the cage under controlled situation it works. Anyway, I have to say the Aikido techniques I used stopped a couple fights. Its another tool that worked for me. Just my 2 cents.

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    Mike4g

    Your wrong.. sorry. Ai ki do or energy harmony way etc.. is efective at whats its about.. to kill hurt mame isnt aikido.. its more you get it sorted teach bully a leson and both walk away.. as a street fight not a sport by a twisted soul bent on harm.. aikido could rip tare or permanently disable a
    person.. thus moving into not aikido but more a jujistu or even ninjistu.. rip snap break.. ouch bushido not budo.. etc great lil movie though..

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    cruciferousvegetable

    Why are people comparing "do's" to "jutsus"? Always choose a jutsu if you are studying Japanese techniques. Martial science not martial way.

    Of course a good gong fu or peekaboo boxing methods are superior.

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    Potwheelz

    A bunch of idiots who believe all this MMA garbage. They learn a few MA techniques and they think they own everything. Human Cock Fighting for $TV entertainment. Aikido involves serious principles of stance and misdirection of the opponent's attacking force. Grab me by the shoulder behind or front and your gonna need a pilots license. Touch me anywhere and i'll break it at the elbow. 1 or 2 assholes at a time, not a problem. Media puppets. Brainwash is the best weapon i guess.

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    Potwheelz

    All these MMA fighters have enormous Cauliflower Ears. Cause that's how they fight. By punching your Ears as a skill. Like retards. There's no Arts in MMA. Actually learning an Art is too difficult so they learn a move here and there and call it Mixed. Total joke. The Way of the Dodo.

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    WILD THINGS

    Segal's fighting scenes in movies and his live demonstrations are mostly about stroking his own ego rather than being realistic. And it seems he is too hard on on the people he works with. The straight arm clothesline he does is unnecessarily forceful and he hyper extends and holds too long on the joint manipulation.

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    MrHeb59

    It works in a street fight but not in mma cage. In street fight aggressor is not cautious or defensive but attacks. This makes Irimi nage effective. Also in street fight low level confrontation makes hand/wrist locks effective because hands not in a fist yet

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    Robert Wilson

    Steven Seagal would destory the UFC if he ever entered it. I saw a documentary where he single-handedly killed a whole ship of terrorists

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    cmlacosta

    One of the most effective way to get away or escape when someone is strangling you is to apply the "nose-picking" technique. It is the act of extracting nasal mucus with one's finger (rhinotillexis) inside your nose that may include the subsequent ingestion of the extracted mucus (mucophagy) and then try to bring into mutual contact to the hands that strangling you… 100% effective!!!

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    Michal V

    Hello, finally one video with sense, which tries to "find the truth" without dehonesting other points of view…
    I live in Czech Republic, previously was a boxer 5th in CZ in 63,5 kg and now few years in Aikido. My point of view is – and of course you should know it, if you were practisng Aikido for 10 years – that Aikido is not a martial art comparable to MMA. Basicaly Aikido can help you against untrained pub fighter, can give you basics for reactions and in some situations you can use some techniques. Some of them I can imagine in real fight, as for example ikkyo, shihonage or kotegaeshi, some of them not as for ex. iriminage… But allways not just like directly following the learned moves, but based on the situation. You also probably know that offering a hand is not Seagals way how to make the technique, it's the situation you can use in a real fight, because it simply happens that attacker grab your hand and in this case, when you know how to handle with it, you are in an advantage. Same as leaving hand straight, MMA fighter would never do it, street fighte also not in few first punches, but yhen you are able to move and don't let him hit you, after few tries his hands will be tired and his hands will be more slowly, and that is the time when you can use the aikido. In Seagals presentations this is also caused because the teacher needs some more time to show where exactly you should hit or catch. More speed of the attacker means more speed of the technique and depense on every person if can be that fast. At least, you still compare the techniques from movies against the hardest fighting animals from MMA. Look at the fight scenes of VanDamme from Blood sport, or Stalones boxing at Rocky, etc. you have to laugh hard and you don't even think about to compare this to MMA. There is no doubts that it doesn't work. So if somebody thinks if Seagals Aikido from movies really work or not, it means that it absolutely is not a bullshit martial art 😉

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    Brian J Malmsteen

    He lives over in Scottsdale AZ. I’ve met him in person, and he’s a pretty big guy. With that said I’m pretty sure he can make a technique work with some force.

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    MAW

    Nice video. I like that you did not cover Seagal with hatred. Which became popular these days.
    About his style, you can't deny he is really fast, and for sure his size works for him. May be his Aikido is absolutely not a real Martial Art, but it still looks better and closer to original one street defence style.

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    Wesley Lammay

    The question is not whether Seagal can make his Aikido work, the question is can you make Aikido work. I had a friend almost get stomped at a club the other night because he tried to use ground fighting as in MMA in the fight. He would have done better to train with Seagal in this situation. I don’t do Aikido and the ring is not the street if by functional you mean combatives you are misguided.

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    Tee-Jay The Stereo-Bargin-File

    Being a martial artist for 33 years and holding 2 bluegrass state games championship i can attest to what this guy is saying , The more efficant i have became as a martial artist, the more I have been able to crontrol my ego Thats a martial artist true strength not how many people one can hurt but about how many you can help out OSS!

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    exexpat11

    I did a little Aikido training. Not much. The trainer was kind of into Segal and I was given the impression he liked hurting people. The Aikido circular moves can be very effective to the point of breaking bones. I hit the ground so many times and very hard (no mats) I kind of got tired of having my bell rung. Maybe Segal doing a lot of Hollywood Fight Choreography has influenced his demonstrations. I would love to see how his first Japanese wife fought whose father taught Segal to see if the techniques are the same. You don't hear much about her. I am on the fence if he is all hype because a little Aikido knowledge can hurt someone. It isn't Judo.

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    Kevinantonio Morrison

    Yes his style of aikido is effective than the traditional style. Remember Osensei made the style very soft to save mankind, because it was a brutal art comming from aiki jujutsu daitoryu that OSensei studied and called it aikido when he went on his own.

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    m clark

    I got my blackbelt in hapkido when i was young. The hand to hand combat was fairly functional. Some light judo . But the hand technique's are absolutely rediculous looking back now and absolutely zero ground game.

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    lahoucine Otmani

    I lost 10min and 52sec by watching this video, what is the point.
    Aikido is a martial art as all martial arts, why comparing it to Steven seagal??!!
    I mean what is the point of this video, I don't get it, except to have more viewers that's obvious 😒😒😒

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    Milton Holley

    Steven Seagull is really Bad Ass" Steven Seagull could take on 3 Bruce Lee's, You don't Mess with the SEAGULL"

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    Mike Rutherford

    Even in MMA, rules apply where in public they wouldn't, if you know your gonna be attacked, you can attack first, some people maybe don't believe in this technique, you could also carry cobra venom too, if I was ever on an area where I had to fear this shit, I believe I would move, otherwise, your gonna have to step your game up, I would love to see anyone fight against a man in a Kevlar suit with a modified weed eater, what's all this fair fight shit?? If I fear, you attacking me, then all this crap is out the window.. your gonna be engulfed in a chemical fire

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    KOMMON CENTZ

    This is dum. The fact the person actually wasted so much time to make this video for likes. Akido is Akido. People think that fighting & the heart to fight is the same. The internet is flooded with cowards. Most of you people have never fought anyone period. Like the author. Ju Jitsu is Ju Jitsu, Brazilian has different added moves. People like you guys watch videos and think you can do this. Your comments prove your cowardice

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    SerDubz

    – No, Aikido is not the ultimate combat martial art, it goes against its general philosophy and how it is practiced in everyday sparring. However:
    – How Aikido is used when sparring in a Dojo is completely different from how it would/should be used in a real combat situation. Every technique has its corresponding counter-attacks and breaks that you obviously would not apply when sparring as you wouldn't have an Uke to train with for very long. (Yes, the philosophy of Aikido is peace and to avoid combat and harm, but that doesn't detract from its ability to actually harm)
    – Aikido takes advantage of momentum/inertia and pressure points in order to perform the techniques, which, if anyone has been at the receiving end of, the faster you run and the harder you punch/kick, the more energy the Nage has to work with, which when applied 'correctly', results in the Uke having NO control over their movement. It doesn't matter if you resist when a technique is applied correctly, the Uke's energy/inertia is under the control of the Nage; but it has to be applied correctly (which is why it is not great for combat, but that's not to say it won't work).
    – Aikido is also derived from swordplay, and how to defend or protect yourself against weapons, so the focus is defense rather than offense. As such, those that compare MMA to Aikido is a bit like comparing Apples to Tomatoes; yes, they are both foods that you can enjoy, but they taste entirely different and are used in very different ways. Yes MMA and Aikido are 'fighting' but the purpose behind the arts is entirely different, MMA is designed to take down an opponent by any means necessary, whereas Aikido seeks to harmonize and control energy as part of one's defense.

    – All-in-all, would Aikido defeat MMA if equally matched, most likely no, I would bet most sensei above Shodan would agree. However, would Aikido defeat the average mugger, drunkard, home-invader, rapist, thief or any category of Assailant that most people will come across (i.e. not professional martial artist)? Absolutely, and Aikido would control the situation with minimum harm done to the Assailant and to the victim, which should be goal of ending all street assaults or conflicts. I don't understand why people usually feel forced to define a martial arts effectiveness by how it performs against other martial arts, especially MMA which in reality is ALL martial arts, it is not a fair comparison and does not even make sense. (MMA can use Aikido ahahaha)

    Apologies for the rant, but I am just getting tired of seeing people disrespecting many Japanese martial arts because they "don't work". In reality, nothing should stand up against MMA because MMA takes the best combat elements of all martial arts. Please just take Aikido for what it is, a way to live peacefully, in harmony with yourself and the person that stands across from you.

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    Douglas Brannon

    Let's face it certain moves like striking across the throat or breaking the neck and soon one has no practice partners. There is a ninja throw roll where one must practice with open hand or else gravity will break the partners neck.

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    starscreamm

    Steven Seagal eats cheeseburgers…followed by a plethora of nut shots…and various finger breaking techniques…eye pokes and dick slaps and hair pulling

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    I will make operational deflector shields legal!

    I HATED Steven Seagal as a teen. He was and still is the posterchild for douchebag for me. His "action" movies turned me off from action flicks. He founded the greasy, slick scumbag arrogant hero who kicks evil guys and marries that wonderfull woman movie trope.

    EDIT: His techniques are very effective if you want to master the sacred art of flipping over unto your back on the floor.

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    Joseph Meador

    UFC and MMA became irrelevant as a street fighting / self defense martial art when weight classes were introduced and is now simply another form of Pankration. It fails to be a relevant street martial art when your opponent outweighs you, there are multiple attackers, the attacker has a weapon, you are in a confined space, or when going to the ground will expose you to attack from another angle. I worked in a rowdy bar outside of Quantico and routinely ended fights by catching punches or using Aikido-like techniques. Nothing takes the steam out of a guy like effortlessly smacking his haymaker away and sending him stumbling after it. Grapple with a drunk marine and the fight is over for you when his friend kicks you in the face – just saying.

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    Robert Boman

    Akido is a DO Martial Art. It has nothing to do with self defense. That is why it ends with a DO. Its The way of.

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    DR Evil

    all those belts and gradings all those hours put in for nothing,its pretty hard to swallow after 30 years of training,glad i did full contact karate kickboxing

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    Rick L

    What I do not understand is how someone like you who learned a bunch of Ukemi hasn’t realized that Aikido can prepare you for Judo and Jujitsu? Learning the basics of rolling can help you practice Judo. If you start with Aikido it will give you some basics you need to move on to other Japanese Grappling arts. Aikido by itself may not work but it can help you master other more direct arts period.

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    sherman4970

    It’s not His Aikido. It’s Aikido that is being applied,,albeit in the movies,,effectively!
    Everyone has opinions on every Martial art.
    Each to their own.
    Whichever you choose,,enjoy yourself!

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    abigail fear

    Hang on a minute STEVEN CAN'T PERFORM THE MOVES OFF SET???? Lmao hes a 7th degree blackbelt not Matt Damon 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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    Leslie Wilson

    He's big and fast, which makes a difference. Most people are smaller than him. Big and fast with training can take you a long wa… Awe you made my point.

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    Steven Cheverez

    Actually.. Ive been doing aikido for a long time.. Ive also been doing karate.. I've stopped a few attackers. And I live in camden NJ. In case I didn't know, camden NJ, was once considered the most dangerous city in American… So is it effective?? Tbh EVERY style, is effective in its own way.. Certain things work and certain things don't. That's why. Its always best to know a few fighting styles and not just one… Seagal may have perfected it, but I'm 100 percent a perfection on mixed martial Arts could take him without an issue tbh. 😉

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