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Awesome Video of the Day: Jean-Claude Van Damme Stops By Tristar Gym For a Few High Kicks

Perhaps I am just ignorant to a lot of the subtleties of Aikido, but when I watched Steven Seagal “spar” with former Strikeforce champion Rafael Cavalcante in the moments leading up to UFC 148, I was less than impressed. Though there is little doubt in my mind (none, in fact) that Sensei Seagal would absolutely destroy me in a fight, even after consuming his daily pallet of chocolate covered pretzels, when given the choice between Seagal’s deadly patty-cake shenanigans and say, the leaping, spinning roundhouse kicks of Jean-Claude Van Damme, I will choose the latter 11 times out of 10. I mean, we’re talking about the living embodiment of Colonel William F. Guile here, people. I could also get into the whole debate about how it was actually JCVD that invented the front kick, as well as the Showtime kick, only to have the techniques Milli-Vanilli’d from him by Seagal and Anthony Pettis, but I’d prefer not to filibuster my own article for the sake of argument.

But you can understand my excitement when I heard that none other than the roundhouse-kicking thespian himself recently stopped by Tristar Gym to pay Georges St. Pierre and the gang a visit and partake in some light sparring. This video was tweeted by St. Pierre yesterday, and although it is extremely light on both the sparring and actual content, it’s still the coolest twenty five seconds you’ll see all day, so just enjoy it.

As you can see, Van Damme can still wing those kicks up there and stop them on a dime, whereas I would be shocked to learn that Seagal could even lift his legs off of the ground without assistance. This of course leads to the question: If JCVD and Sensei Seagal were to throw down nowadays, who would take it and how?

-J. Jones

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lhguy28- August 9, 2012 at 8:01 am
JCVD would win no question. Segals'big fat gut would be the only thing to protect his ribs from getting broken from one of those spinning back kicks from the Butterfly kick master himself
Dagnut- August 9, 2012 at 2:14 am
Van Damme has actually fought..not in a dance around akido comp but in the ring
Mofo- August 8, 2012 at 9:00 am
LOL Ricardo a comeback is definitely better if posted three times. You sure told him.
Mofo- August 8, 2012 at 9:00 am
Heh heh, Ricardo, a comeback is always better when you've posted it three times. Go get em tiger.
Mofo- August 8, 2012 at 8:59 am
Haha Ricardo a comeback is definitely better when you've posted it three times. Keep up the excellent work.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm
And then they all went out for tourtières and poutine, washed back with shots of warm maple syrup, and everyone was happy.

RwilsonR- August 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm
Van Damme takes this fight 9 times out of 10, and 100 percent of the time if it goes past 30 seconds. If Seagal can't land a couple slaps right out of the gates, he'll gas right about the time JCVD hits his peak from a good pre-fight snort.
Kimbo Lesnar- August 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm
Danga, your first paragraph is a convoluted mess. Your editor should be ashamed.
Ricardo Guitardo- August 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm
Pen Fifteen, I tried turning off the gay porn downloads like you suggested but it didn't work. Can you tell me what good gay porn sites you go to? Obviously you know a lot about gay porn sites.....
zulbiadi- August 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm
is really awesome video nice
Dewdness- August 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm
Pretty Damn Awesome!! :D
pepelepue80- August 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm
whats up with the bideo holmes? not playin!
Anhonestmoose- August 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Until this very moment I was convinced that GSP and JCVD were the same person.
NomadRip- August 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Seagal has always been willing to fight to the pain. Wait, that was in Princess Bride. Seagal was to the death:
Pen Fifteen- August 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm
Ricardo, try turning off the gay porn downloads you've got running in the background and see if that helps.
Ricardo Guitardo- August 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm
No it didnt help at all. Let me know what gay porn sites you go to that obviously work so well.
Ricardo Guitardo- August 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm
No it didnt help can you tell me what gay porn sites you go to that work so well?
cman- August 7, 2012 at 11:38 am
I do understand aikido and there is a reason you see little of its 'subtleties' in MMA. Bar brawl against aggressive drunk, probablly second to bjj on solid protecting yourself. Against diverse/trainees fighters? Nope.
and yes I agree, tool as he is jcvd hanging with UFC guys is kinds cool to see, right until he goes seagal and starts thinking hes trained one.
J.Jones- August 7, 2012 at 11:22 am
Guys the video looks fine from my end (500 x 350) but I'll try to figure out what's wrong. What kind of browsers are you using?
Ricardo Guitardo- August 7, 2012 at 11:20 am
My nephew is like 8 years old and he puts toghther websites with full size video. If you guys need his help let me know....most kids these days can build something better than what you have fyi...
GistoftheFist- August 7, 2012 at 10:54 am
Wtf is this shit? Why are we getting a video the size of a postage stamp?
gman69- August 7, 2012 at 9:48 am
JCVD all day. Seagal would gas passing gas.
I would like to see celeb mma for charity, bill o'reilly vs brock lesnar, john mayer vs brock lesnar, octomum vs jenna jameson, winner getting brock lesnar.
Clyde- August 7, 2012 at 9:44 am
Van Damme takes it. TKO due to cardiac arrest.
amsterdamheavy- August 7, 2012 at 9:43 am
Youre right, you dont understand Aikido.