UnderGround Forums Jason DeLucia almost kicked Steven Seagal's ass

Edited: 1/23/12 6:43 PM
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One of the contributors on my website recently did an interview with Jason DeLucia and he told a pretty interesting story about Steven Seagal.

There's a lot of other interesting stories in this piece but here's the portion about Seagal.

Excerpt from the DeLucia interview:

“From the time I was very young I always wanted to study it, but where I was from the best I could do were books, and Aiki-jujitsu which a great number of policemen had to use,” said DeLucia. “The first very intense exposure I had to the traditional Aikido environment was due to an open invitational challenge which Steven Seagal had published in Black Belt magazine in which he stated, 'Anyone who wants to fight me come to my dojo and be prepared to fight to the death!'"

Never being one to shy away from a challenge, the then 23-year-old DeLucia took Seagal up on his offer.

“In 1992 I answered that challenge,” DeLucia said. “I drove 3000 miles to LA, got an apartment, and straightaway went to his dojo with a copy of the magazine and a written reply as well as my physical presence. His chief instructor Matsuoka Harua had to answer for it in his stead.”

According to DeLucia, “My assertion was that if he was going to make statements like that to bolster his popularity then he should back it up. He never did. So every morning and every evening for about six months I observed his classes. I learned a lot that way. No question of honor that Matsuoka Harua had given me more technical knowledge and politely tolerated my presence at every single class he taught.”


  
1/23/12 6:22 PM
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 Delucia would have been front kicked in the face and sent back 3000 miles from where he came with a broken face.
1/23/12 6:26 PM
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Kid Salami -  Delucia would have been front kicked in the shin and sent back 3000 miles from where he came with a broken face.


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1/23/12 6:29 PM
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 This DeLucia kid, always flirting with death.....
1/23/12 6:31 PM
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Mas Tisu -  This DeLucia kid, always flirting with death.....
This should've been the thread title. Phone Post
1/23/12 6:31 PM
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 he also went and took the gracie challenge as well. tough guy and was willing to fight anyone at anytime, fought over 50 times in an 8 year period. he would be a big money guy if he came along in this era
1/23/12 6:34 PM
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 Jason DeLucia is the man.  I had a friend who attended one of his seminars and said he was the coolest, nicest guy on earth.  The guy is a part of UFC history.
1/23/12 6:37 PM
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mmavixen -  Jason DeLucia is the man.  I had a friend who attended one of his seminars and said he was the coolest, nicest guy on earth.  The guy is a part of UFC history.
Yeap. Phone Post
1/23/12 6:40 PM
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Almost.
1/23/12 6:41 PM
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In (for more stories?) Phone Post
1/23/12 6:55 PM
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Just curious, was Lion's Den one of Jason's more prominent fighting gyms or was he more of a traveling man?
1/23/12 7:20 PM
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Look at the guy's record and he has wins over some impressive fighters, including Chris Lytle.
1/23/12 7:22 PM
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 I remember Jason when he was like 15 doing karate tournaments. Then I think totally on his own he started going to gyms and offering to fight, with a side bet of up to 1k. He had a bunch around here in New England, and didn't lose any I ever heard of. This was well before UFC 1
1/23/12 7:35 PM
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Old school bad ass.
1/23/12 7:42 PM
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DeLucia was a tough dude. He didn't win 'em all, but he always showed up.
1/23/12 7:51 PM
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Seems like a cool guy, shame about that bullshit about claiming illegal shots against bass, and the getting nearly beaten to death over it.
1/23/12 7:57 PM
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Devlin - Seems like a cool guy, shame about that bullshit about claiming illegal shots against bass, and the getting nearly beaten to death over it.


do tell...
1/23/12 8:03 PM
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Kirik -  I remember Jason when he was like 15 doing karate tournaments. Then I think totally on his own he started going to gyms and offering to fight, with a side bet of up to 1k. He had a bunch around here in New England, and didn't lose any I ever heard of. This was well before UFC 1

 These are the kinds of guys I like to hear more about...
1/23/12 8:20 PM
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 gotta admire the nerve of the guy. seagal's in a magazine talking smack? guy drives across america and shows up everyday for 6 months. some guys from brazil says they will take on any comers, guy says i'm on my way. loses, hears about this nhb thing and says 'not without me' gotta be one of the boldest guys in the world
1/23/12 8:23 PM
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Judo Gene already handled this
1/23/12 8:56 PM
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Jason is warrior!
1/23/12 9:12 PM
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Here is the sherdog thread with bas and Jason.
http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f40/q-jason-delucia-163309/ Phone Post
1/23/12 9:39 PM
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1/23/12 10:09 PM
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MolsonMuscles - DeLucia was a tough dude. He didn't win 'em all, but he always showed up.
Seems that way Phone Post
1/23/12 11:48 PM
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pharochuck -  gotta admire the nerve of the guy. seagal's in a magazine talking smack? guy drives across america and shows up everyday for 6 months. some guys from brazil says they will take on any comers, guy says i'm on my way. loses, hears about this nhb thing and says 'not without me' gotta be one of the boldest guys in the world