Steven Seagal meets Okinawan Karate Master
Steven Seagal is a martial arts film star who is well-known for his aggressive style of aikido. In this recently posted video, we see Sensei Seagal attempt to broaden his horizons though as he trains with a well-known Okinawan Karate master in Japan named Tetsuhiro Hokama.
Tetsuhiro Hokama, a 10th dan in both Karate and Okinawan Kobudo, is allegedly one of the most sought after traditional masters in the world and is a very well-known and accomplished karateka.
While karate and aikido are quite a bit different, as karate is much more striking-focused and aikido grappling, they along with many other Japanese martial arts share some similarities particularly when it comes to respect and honor which may be lacking in more modern martial arts.
In the video we see Seagal work on some techniques with the Okinawan master which they demonstrate quite ruthlessly on their unfortunate assistant.
In training, however, there is a fine line between realism and going too hard. You want to practice the technique as realistic as you can but you obviously don’t want to injure your training partners and Seagal has always been rumored to toe the line in that regard.
ABOUT STEVEN SEAGAL:
Steven Frederic Seagal is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, director, martial artist, and musician who holds American, Russian, and Serbian citizenship.
A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal began his adult life as a martial arts instructor in Japan; becoming the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in the country. He later moved to Los Angeles, California, where he worked as a martial arts instructor on Never Say Never Again; accidentally breaking actor Sean Connery’s wrist during production. In 1988, Seagal made his acting debut in Above the Law. By 1991, he had starred in four successful films. He achieved further fame in 1992 when he played Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert Casey Ryback in Under Siege. [Source: Wiki]