Steven Seagal shows his defense to a front kick
Steven Seagal is a martial arts movie icon who is known all over the world for the aggressive style of aikido that he employs in his many films.
Aikido is a Japanese grappling based martial art that focuses on using someone’s own energy against them. Though aikido never seems to hold up against legitimate competition, Seagal has personally worked with several high level MMA fighters over the years such as Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida so he must have some solid tricks up his sleeve.
In this YouTube video, we see Sensei Seagal demonstrate how to use aikido to defend against a common MMA type attack – the leg kick followed up with a two punch hand combination.
Seagal first slowly breaks down what he’s doing in a step by step process. With a few swipes of his hands he is able to deflect the leg kick as well as the punch combination, and now he is just where he wants to be – in close where he can easily grab a hold of his opponent.
From there he pretty much just clotheslines his opponent, sending him to the ground quite forcefully. Though it is hard to say if this technique would work against a real MMA fighter, when they go full speed it does look pretty impressive especially considering Seagal’s age. For an older guy he is also quite quick with his hands and this maneuver looks just like something you would see in one of his many action films.
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the way of harmonious spirit”. Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. [Source: Wiki]