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Apparently Besides Believing He Can Act, Steven Seagal Also Thinks He Invented the Front Kick

(Video courtesy YouTube/MMAHeat)

When Anderson Silva mentioned in his post-UFC 126 fight interview that Steven Seagal taught him the front kick that he knocked Vitor Belfort out with Saturday night most of the MMA community were willing to give the Hard to Kill, Out for Justice Lawman the benefit of the doubt, but when the Marked for Death, Above the Law Glimmer Man told reporters that he invented the textbook front kick, we weren’t the only ones who called bullshit.

Here’s what Seagal had to say to MMA Heat’s Karyn Bryant about Silva’s win:

"I couldn’t have been happier, because right before he walked out I said to him, ‘Stay away from him for the first, you know, two, three minutes, just kind of get him frustrated and fake low and come high and do that kick I’ve been teaching you and kick him in the head or the face. He did exactly what I said and exactly what I wanted to happen and I was very, very proud of him…I was raised in Japan under some of the greatest karate masters and jiu-jitsu masters to live in our time and I learned that kick 40 years ago or 30 years….35…I don’t know — a long, long time ago and I worked for the last 35 years or so to perfect it."

We’ve all seen the training video of Seagal teaching Anderson useless moves like how to throat strike and slap standing submissions on an opponent, so to hear that he actually taught the UFC middleweight champ something useful is a bit surprising. In that clip, though Seagal can be heard telling Silva to kick lower, (like in the shins) of his imaginary opponent when practicing a variation of the kick on the padded wall of the Black House gym. I guess to say that he showed him the kick isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but for him to say that he "came up with the move" is laughable, considering it has been used for years in several martial arts, most notably, muay thai.

Just ask Bas Rutten.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMAFighting)

Here’s what Seagal told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani about the top secret kick:

"It’s not exactly karate; it’s just something that I created that’s a little bit different that I thought Anderson could learn well because he’s sort of a natural born athlete and he has very quick hands and feet and his kicks are good to begin with. So, I started teaching him kicks that I really thought he could hurt people with. In practice he was knocking people out with body shots. At that point I knew he was really going to start making these kicks work. Nobody knows the kick. I’m teaching it to Machida and Machida kung and Anderson and a few of the Brazilians, but we haven’t really used it yet. I haven’t really shown it to many people…[Anderson] sent me a memo asking me to teach him my deadly moves."

I guess Seagal must have taught the deadly move to Tony Jaa as well, since he used it a few years ago while fliming Ong Bak.

(Video courtesy YouTube/doraemon6191)

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mikey7963- April 19, 2011 at 6:35 am
i think that as soon as all those people on here who are so busy passing judgement on someone who actually brought aikido to the masses, while also making some incredibly entertaining movies stop and think, then the better this particular post would be, arent we all so perfect that we can sit in judgement on someone who has actually dedicated his life to perfecting an art form, i would love to see just one of those who has this oh so important opinion say the things that you have on here to mr seagal's face, and to say that aikido techniques are useless just goes to show how much the person knows about Aikido.
How sad it is to see people who actually think that what is on camera is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and no media company would ever edit the contents...Example:
mcbeez- November 22, 2012 at 2:04 am
I know your post was over a year ago, but I think you need to know this about Steven Seagal... he just happened to be around at the perfect time to exploit this shit, and has ridden the wave ever since. He was NEVER a great martial artist. I am also truly sorry to tell you man, but Aikido really is pretty useless... it's about as useful as the art of handcuffing. The particular techniquest MAY work... but they will ONLY work in the EXACT scenarios they are designed for. There is no further benefit to learning these techniques, and almost ALL of them are useless in a real scenario. The ones that aren't are only useful in about .07% of encounters. It's a neat martial art, with some cool tricks to show your buddies... but a very ineffective fighting style. Sorry.
rags81- February 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm
I always knew Seagal would kick Van Damme's ass in a fight, now I know what kick he would've used.
Smitty- February 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm
@ RwilsonR
That's how it's supposed to go bro.
@ Shitbag
Tenacious D would not appreciate your blasphemy!
tribal- February 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm
Hopefully Bruce Lee wil use his powers from the afterlife to see to it that Chael Sonnen can come back and bury Silva so both these turds can go away for good.
DARKHORSE06- February 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm
@ All you Seagal lovers? Are you all fucking insane? He might be good at twisting pinkies and shit but the guy is a solid block of douche. How could you not see this? He takes himself way too seriously, acts like he just got done curing cancer, then hawks his ridiculous sports drink while forcing his maid into being his sex slave.

And to top it all off he claims he invented the front snap kick. AS is only entertaining this dipshit because, being from a third world country, he thinks Seagal is a huge movie star. AS is probably star struck by Eric Roberts, Chris Klein, Shaka Khan. Seagal is a total, total, fucking joke.
WrenJoRo- February 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm
He never said he "invented" it. Gees I feel like I'm reading a Yahoo Sports article. Get this shit off of here.
fatbellyfrank- February 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm
When Segal isn't teaching Spidey how to kill people and shit, he's doing some pretty cool beer commercials down here, I'll see if I can find a link for you and you can all watch those fine acting skills over and over
twoleftfeet- February 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Steven seagall martial artist, actor, law enforcement agent, coach, teacher, and now comedian. He can do it all. Chuck norris who?
RwilsonR- February 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Dey tuk 'er jerbs!!!
RwilsonR- February 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm
I think we'll have to on this one, Smitty. But thank you for being a gentleman about your argument. I do get where you're coming from.

@ shitbag - I've said plenty of times here that I like Dana White, and that I think he has done great things for this sport, but do we really need to hail him like that?
shitbag- February 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm
NO!!!! Fuck this gentleman shit! SCREAM!!! YELL!!!!! THOSE DAMN IMMAGRINTS!!!!
shitbag- February 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Smitty- February 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm
@ RwilsonR
I think we agree to disagree, but I appreciate your point of view.
cursed5- February 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm
"Sonnen thought he was invincible. Vitor thought he could fly. They were both wrong."
RwilsonR- February 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm
@ Clue-by-Four - Exactly!
RwilsonR- February 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm
@ smitty - I'm not judging him on 8 minutes of interviews. I'm judging him on every interview I have ever heard from him, as well as some footage from his shitty knock-off of 'COPS.'

I used Bruce Lee as an example because I wanted to show how it isn't just people being disrespectful to traditional martial arts and stars that were famous for practicing those arts, but that it was people being specifically disrespectful to Seagal because of his attitude. Both dedicated their lives to martial arts, but it is the way Seagal comes across that makes him seem like more of a joke than Bruce Lee. He may be the nicest guy in the entire world, but every time I have ever seen a camera put on him he seems like a douche.

Also, the one time I know of that he was challenged on his bragging and bravado, he was supposdly choked unconscious by someone who apparently wasn't phased by Seagal's deadly arts. If you want to respect someone who backs up their talk, dedicated their life to martial arts, and was actually involved in helping MMA become MMA, then respect Gene Lebell instead of this asshole.

Maybe Seagal has a lot to offer, but from my exposure to him, it is hard to like the guy. I get what you're saying about respect, but even when I was younger and loved every Seagal and JCVD movie out there, I still thought he sounded like a douche. You may have some exposure to him that leads you to really like the guy. That's fine, but I don't need to meet him or go over to his house for dinner to form an opinion that I don't particularly like him.
RwilsonR- February 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm
@ Smitty - "Some of you haters are the same dudes 15 years ago, jockin the shit outta Segal when he was in his prime makin movies."

Yeah, then we learned the fraud of a lot of TMA. Seagal's biggest problem, and why he deserves all the shit he gets, is that he takes himself so fucking seriously. He also has a mindset that seems to ignore that martial arts have evolved, and that he isn't the preeminent authority on everything.

I guarantee you that most of the people on here that are shitting on Seagal right now also have respect and love for Bruce Lee. That isn't just becuase Bruce Lee is dead, but because he had a humble and respectful attitude, and he likely would be pleased by the evolution of martial arts. Seagal is a relic who has always had too big of an ego. That is why he got embarrassed by Gene Lebell.
Turd Furgeson- February 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Nobody has a problem believing Al Gore invented the internet, but when Segal invents something, God forbid...
Clue-by-Four- February 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm
If do right, no can defense!
Smitty- February 7, 2011 at 11:52 am
@ Lutador Vomitando
First of all, I wasn't talking about Seagal kicking your ass, I was talking about Shitbags comment about wanting to fight him.
Second of all, you must be an expert on judging the character of people, to be able to not have EVER been in the same "CITY" as Seagal, and come to the conclusion that he is an arrogant asshole.
Third of all, I won't be like you and say anything to put you down, cause for all I know, you could be a helluva guy, but I will say you sure "SOUND" like an idiot.
halfbreed23- February 7, 2011 at 11:50 am
Why do you people hesitate to believe that Steven Seagal is not thousands of years old? Think about it. Why should he have ever been famous? I have always been certain that he is of the alien race that originally inhabited this planet. His being alien does not however give him an edge in acting ability, fashion or weight control.

So who's ready for Seagal vs Herschel Walker?
Smitty- February 7, 2011 at 11:41 am
@ RwilsonR
I beg to differ bro. No one "here" knows if Seagal is humble OR respectful. That's MY point, they know nothing about the man. They're just passing judgement on him because of 8 minutes of his life (the two videos). You really think him making those statements is reason enough to "shit on him". The man has dedicated his ENTIRE life to martial arts JUST LIKE Bruce Lee did. I'm not sayin he's better or worse than Bruce Lee, but I KNOW as a true fan of the arts and MMA that he deserves more respect than what some of these bozos are giving him.

Also, Bruce Lee was considered by his some of his peers, enemies, some friends as one of the most disrespectful martial artists ever because of his theroies and philosophical views. The martial art he created went against everything that thousands of years of martial arts had laid as a foundation for the arts. Alot of people "THOUGHT" that some of stuff he said sounded crazy too.
J-Dog- February 7, 2011 at 11:34 am
I've been trying to sell my Seagal VHS collection on Craigslist.... I still have it if anyone is interested. It has almost all of his early movies starting at Above the Law and ending at Fire Down Below. It's the perfect collection for the Seagal superfan who likes his movies on old-school VHS. Hit me up if you're interested.
HusseinObama- February 7, 2011 at 11:32 am
Damn Karen Bryant! That woman is so fucking hot!

I'd actually pay money to watch porn starring this milf/cougar/hottie.

Don't tell me I'm the only one using KB as fap material?
Lutador Vomitando- February 7, 2011 at 11:28 am
@ Rwilson - dead-on!

@ Smitty - Seagal is an arrogant asshole. Just because he might be able to kick my ass doesn't mean I need to respect him. The only thing about him I respect is that he married that chick from 'Weird Science.' The only thing I respect about her is that she divorced him while he still had some money to take.