As a sometimes cornerman of all-time great former UFC middleweight champion Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, martial arts movie star Steven Seagal has gained more than a little bit of criticism for his supposed lack of any real, applicable, and/or relevant tactics in today’s rapidly evolving mixed martial arts (MMA) landscape.
He fueled that fire by stating that he taught Silva the infamous front kick that knocked Vitor Belfort out in early 2011, and to this day he’s since still lambasted for his sporadic appearances alongside MMA fighters during their walkouts.
Yet Seagal is still known for being a respected and dangerous Aikido master, honing his craft in Japan as one of the best in the world during his prime. He certainly parlayed his martial arts skills into a lengthy and lucrative film career, so it can also be argued that he’s a true master who made the most of his skills during a time when MMA was not readily available as an option for martial arts experts.
He didn’t do anything to support that argument during a recent ‘martial arts demonstration’ in Russia, tossing his willing (and sometimes confused) training ‘partners’ aside in a choreographed show full of one-handed wrist locks and even some vicious clotheslines straight out pro-wrestling. Watch Sensei Seagal’s showing above and see if you think all of the hate directed at him is justified or not.