Steven Seagal is best known for his action movies where he displays his martial arts skills. But those martial arts skills that he displays are actually the real deal. He is a black belt in Aikido and an Aikido instructor. .
Aikido is a style of martial arts that uses your opponents momentum against them. It involves the technique of using joint locks and throws. In short it is a grappling style of martial arts, a style that lends itself perfectly to MMA. He was also the first foreigner to open an Aikido Dojo in Japan. One certain MMA training facility has taken notice.
The Black House gym which currently has some of the best fighters in the world training under their roof such as Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Junior Dos Santos, has Seagal involved in their training exercises.
Anderson Silva won his last fight against Vitor Belfort using a front kick that he credited Seagal for teaching him. At the time many fans took that with a grain of salt and mainly contributed the statement more as just Silva being funny or simply trying to mislead people in his true training methods. After all could an actor, especially one known best for his B style action movies really have anything to offer to the best middleweight champion in the world?
Lyoto Machida who recently won his fight against Couture also had Seagal in his corner during his match. When he landed a brutal “crane kick” on Couture winning the fight, he also contributed the victory to the actor. So maybe Seagal is the real deal.
Seagal is a Reserve Deputy Chief of Jefferson Parish in Louisiana where he trains officers in self defense and how to subdue would be attackers. So while the laughs kept coming after the Silva fight, no one is laughing now that Machida is also giving his win to the training that Seagal has given.
The Black House gym has more champions than any other MMA gym and is currently training the fighters that are next in line to fight for the championships for their weight classes. So if they say that Seagal is good enough to teach fighter in their gym then maybe the low budget movie actor really is the real deal and the laughs will now turn into admiration for what Seagal has to offer.
So the next time that you see Steven Seagal in the corner of the Black House fighters know that he is not there simply because he is famous or their for some type of emotional support. He is there because he is training his fighters and helping to corner them in their fight.
The next victory by a Black House team member may actually have everything to do with the teachings of Steven Seagal.
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