Steven Seagal has become a controversial figure in the martial arts world since he took credit for teaching UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva 'that' Crane kick, which he spectacularly beat Vitor Belfort with. Whether or not Seagal is an MMA guru he is a bonafide Aikido master. Seagal is a 7th Dan Aikido black belt and holds the honorary title of Shihan meaning 'Master'. Steven Seagal's accolades in Aikido are even more impressive when one considers he was the first ever Westerner to run his own Aikido dojo in Japan.
After watching the documentary and footage of Seagal teaching, I have reflected upon my own experiences in Aiki-Jujutsu. Very often my Aiki-Jujutsu classes leave much to be desired, compared to Seagal's standards. Atemis are not performed with the proper conviction and there isn't the same emphasis on the importance of ukemi, not to mention the lack of real randori. One day I would like to teach my own Aiki-Jujutsu classes and Seagal's teaching model is one I am inclined to imitate. All I can do for now is continue to learn and do the best I can, making sure that I train to my own high standards and learn from masters such as Steven Seagal.