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Steven Seagal


 Stephen Frederick Segal (born April 10, 1952, Lansing, Michigan, USA) is an American film actor, film producer, screenwriter, director, aikikin (7th dan aikido aikikai), musician, sheriff.  Stephen Seagal was born into a mixed family, his father is Samuel Stephen is American, his mother is Pat (Patricia) Irish.  Stephen is the second child in the family, he has an older and two younger sisters.  His paternal grandfather came to America as a child with his family from St. Petersburg.  In 1957, the family moved to Fullerton.  Mrs. Pat Seagal was the receptionist at the clinic, and her husband was a math teacher at school.  When he was 7 years old, the father took his son to karate competitions.  This made such a strong impression on the boy that even then, perhaps, he determined his life path.  With seven years, Stephen begins to practice karate.  By the age of fifteen, he becomes a typical street teenager, living from fight to fight.  At about the same time, a revolution occurred in his life that changed Stephen forever.  Seagal met aikido master shihan Kyoshi Isisaki, who at that time was a senior Aikikai instructor in Orange County (near Los Angeles).  Stephen Seagal very quickly became Isisaki's best student and participated with many of them at many shows and festivals at the Japanese Village, then located in Diir Park, California.  At that time, aikido in America was completely unknown.  Over time, quickly overtaking all of his American peers in his abilities and results and deciding that he had nothing to do in the States, he came to Tokyo at the age of 17 to enroll in one of the many oriental martial arts academies.  He, as a representative of another race, was treated with hostility.  The Japanese mocked him and humiliated him in every possible way.  However, the roles soon changed.  Now the attitude of hostility towards Stephen was fraught with trouble.  In the early 1970s, he met a Japanese woman named Miyako Fujitani, who became the mother of his first two children: son Kantaro and daughter Ayako. In the summer of 1974, Seagal received 1st dan from Koichi Tohei.  In 1975, Seagal became the first American in the history of Japan to open a dojo here (Osaka, the Juso area).  He called it “Tensin” (??p. ??), which means “Heavenly Soul”.  Being an American martial arts instructor in Japan proved to be very difficult;  martial artists often challenged him to a duel to test his level of training.  This went on for two years until Stephen Seagal earned a reputation as one of Japan's leading masters of Aikido.  Stephen Seagal’s reputation has become very similar to the reputation of the fearsome master Daito-Ryu Aikijutsu Sokaku Takeda.  Seagal’s philosophy in teaching aikido is simple: “It must be effective on the street.”  Many aikido masters have developed many different styles, and their technique is often very passive.  A passive direction in aikido can fail in the fray.  Seagal does not push students to unnecessary constant fights.  He simply emphasizes: “If someone attacked, manage to defend yourself!” At some point, Segal felt that he had reached a dead end in his development.

And he began to look for disciples of Morihei Ueshiba. Seagal trained with the great masters of the Sea, Koichi Tohei, Isoyama and Abe. He progressed rapidly and received 5th Dan, and after he became the chief instructor of the dojo Tenshin, he was awarded 6th Dan Aikikai, and then the 7th and the title of Shihan. At the end of their research, Shihan Seagal met a man who was able to overcome the deadlock. Great masters of calligraphy and Aikido Seiseki Abe. Abe has a 10 Dan in Aikido and is a master of calligraphy at the level of the national wealth of Japan. He was a student of Morihei Ueshiba. He became a teacher of Steven Seagal. Abe thought about Shihan Seagal: "Takeo-Sensei in Japan has earned itself the fame of a great master of Aikido. And when I met him, he wanted to find out more about training with O-Sensei. I was appalled by his technique of Aikido and agreed to take him in personal students. Later, we participated together in many seminars." in Japan, namely in Kyoto Steven Seagal first hit the movie business in 1982. It has invited the famous master of Kendo Onoha EToro on a film "Call" as an expert in Japanese fencing. Steven Seagal was asked to put a few scenes of fighting with swords and katana to bring their students from Tenshin dojo for the crowd scenes. After moving Tenshin dojo (Tenshin of Bugei Gakuen, a School for traditional arts "Heavenly soul") in Los Angeles, Sherman way to Ventura Boulevard in October 1983, Shihan Seagal is called in Osaka and called his uchi-desi Haruo Matsuoka in the United States. Matsuoka had just graduated from College and was very excited to join the dojo of his master. The presence Matsuoka was a decisive factor that allowed Shihan Seagal to exercise their far-reaching plans. Was a scheduled presentation dedicated to the opening of the dojo, which sent out invitations to many artists from around Los Angeles.Currently, Tenzin the dojo is the administrative and educational responsibility Matsuoka and his assistant Alexander Smirnov.

In an interview Steven Seagal during the conversation with the journalist said that he is also a police officer:

— The journalist. To charity You spend, probably no less time than working in film. When in New Orleans was a hurricane and state of emergency was declared, You dropped everything, rushed over there and along with the usual rescuers pulled people from the water, struggled with the elements!

— S. Segal. If I didn't, my philosophy, my principles would sound empty chatter to the press. But helping others is a part of me as a person. Few people know, but I'm a COP.

— The journalist. I mean — the police?

— S. Segal. Yes, a real American COP. Many years ago, early in my career this was the case. One Sheriff told me, "I heard you're a very good shot, kid, don't want to show what you're capable of?" I one series, without a stop shot at a few targets, which were portraits of a man-the enemy. Looking through binoculars: "Well, boy, you're a chatterbox — even milk can't..." Approach to the targets, they look at the portraits, then at me, then back at the portraits... it Turned out that I got "enemies" in the eye apples! Therefore, the Sheriff in the binoculars and saw nothing... of course, They were stunned!

- Journalist.  After that, you were offered to become a policeman?

 - S. Seagal.  Exactly.  They gave me a police emblem, which I still have, and offered to train special forces.  I taught not only shooting, but also martial arts.  I am often invited now, when I need you.  Therefore, my flights to New Orleans, and much more - this is both a civic and official duty.

 American actor Steven Seagal during his visit to Moscow gave an interview, he talked about what attracts Russia and how Moscow loved Seagal.

 The purpose of the trip of the Hollywood star to Russia was the search for material for a new film.  He is sure that in classical Russian literature you can find many amazing stories.  “Indeed, I came for the idea of ​​a new film, and, in general, we are thinking of making a remake of what has already been shot, taking as a basis one of the stories of such characters as Dubrovsky, Emelyan Pugachev and Stepan Razin. Russia is rich in talented people -  these are amazing writers, and producers, and directors, and actors. And I'm in anticipation of our joint venture. "

 Arriving every time in Russia, Stephen Seagal is trying to spend several months here.  He admits that he loves our country very much: “I can say that I myself am Russian and proud to be Russian. I really love this country and the people who live in it. I have many friends here. I was taught that  a man of honor must keep his word, and I see the same attitude in many people here. "

 During his previous visit to the capital, Seagal met with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in the words and ideas of which he found many things close to him: "I was in Russia 10-15 years ago, and, honestly, it was some kind of ridiculous parody  Putin has practically single-handedly turned it into a surprisingly powerful power, actively developing economically, despite obstacles. Of course, the head of state will never be a person who everyone likes, without exception. Everyone should have their own opinion, my opinion  such that put  in has done a great job and I think that Medvedev is continuing his line in many ways, and together they are a great team. "

 After a long study of theology and various spiritual practices, the actor is more and more inclined to believe that origin, country, religion and philosophy are not of fundamental importance, and all people are equal.

 Segal considers music to be his passion in life, in his collection of several hundred guitars: “Perhaps music is really my strongest passion, but I believe that helping other people should always come first in the life of everyone. When my help is needed for the victims, the victims  then I’m a warrior. I get up and go to help those who need it, including myself, "says the actor.