Originally Posted by roaddawg
Yup im aware of this but MMA in general is going through the same struggles. Its not like MMA is well received everywhere. We have seen this already in Canada, hell even the New York State Athletic Commision not being receptive of MMA.
Applicaitons of violence is something thats not well received everywhere despite the discipline used. In Segals case his applications of Aikido take place in a fictional environment unlike MMA. The people who complain about this likely have trouble separating the ficion from non fiction.
I wouldn't be surprised if some of those very same people doing all the whining would be the first people in line to see Tony Jaa's movies.
Agreed on all three points. But the original argument that brought this all about was my interpretation of his bizzare comment on MMA, which I took to mean that he likes that MMA displays great skills but he doesn't like how it's used to hurt people. And eventhough his movies are fiction and MMA is real there is a distinct similarity between the the violence and how it is used for entertainment.
And eventhough the movies are works of ficition Segal has really hurt numbers of stuntmen making while shooting film, so basically it was real as well. I read a quote by Quatdros that Segal is personally responsible for at leat a dozen people needing surgery.
I don't have a problem with the violence in MMA or his movies, but I am aware that it's there and I think people should realize this especially if they find it entertaining.