One way to improve relations between peoples is through training together in the martial arts and aikido Grand Master Steven Seagal and IP Wing Chun Grand Master Samuel Kwok, teamed up and did just that. Together they taught Master Classes in aikido and wing chun. Along for the ride was Mark Gerry, who taught pressure points and more.
The First International Budo Festival in Moscow was put together by the Russian Aikido Federation and the event took place on October 12-14, 2018. More then 300 Masters, teachers and Black Belts from 32 countries participated in the training. It was a huge success!
Mark shared the following with us about working with Grand Master Steven Seagal. “I had talked to Steven Seagal on the phone several times before we met in Moscow at the festival. He would tell me to sit beside him during the lunches and dinners they had for us in the VIP room and he invited us for dinner at his home and lunch at a restaurant the following day. Grand Master Seagal was kind and humble. He treated everyone with respect. He spoke in a low deep voice always using Sir or Sifu. On the mat his techniques were flawless. I had to see for myself if this legend could perform advanced techniques at full speed and power with complete control and not hurt his uke. I asked him to demonstrate some of his top techniques on me. He moved like lightning, taking me off my feet so quickly that I didn’t see his hands move. His power was like a freight train and I bounced off the mat while he pulled me back to my feet in one flowing movement. He asked if I would like to see another technique, and considering that I didn’t see the first one, I stepped into my fighting stance and said, yes, Sir! He performed three or four techniques, all of them at full power and speed. I should have bounced on the mat like a basketball, but his control was amazing and he did not hurt me. There’s no doubt in my mind the Steven Seagal is one of the most talented martial artist I’ve ever seen and or had the opportunity to train with on or off the mat.”
About the The Aikido Federation of Russia
The Aikido Federation of Russia was created in 1995 and has the “Official Recognition” of the World Aikido Center Aikikai Hombu Dojo. The Aikido Federation of Russia closely collaborates with the International Federation of Aikido and the Aikido Federation of Great Britain. The Aikido Federation of Russia is one of the founders of the National Aikido Council of Russia and is a member of the Russian Union of Martial Arts and the Committee of National Non-Olympic Sports.