Would-be terrorists and invaders will think twice before they mess with Serbia in future with the news that famous actor, director, producer and aikidoka Steven Seagal spent last Tuesday helping to train the country’s special forces.
There is very little that Steven Seagal hasn’t done in martial arts and entertainment, and he certainly isn’t shy of letting anyone know. After gaining a not unimpressive seventh degree black belt in aikido, the now 63 year-old went on to write star and direct dozens of martial arts movies, in addition to finding time to be a musician and reserve deputy sheriff.
He also- notoriously- dabbled with training some of the leading names in the UFC, including Lyoto Machida and then middleweight champion Anderson Silva. He was credited with teaching the pair a front kick which both used to score knockout wins in their next fights against Vitor Belfort and Randy Couture respectively.
Now, however, he can claim one more string to his bow having trained Serbia’s special forces last Tuesday. Seagal spent three days as a guest of the Serbian government. The actor got the VIP treatment in the country’s capital, meeting Prime Minister Aleksander Vucic, President Tomislav Nikolic, and the Mayor of Belgrade, Sinisa Mali.
Mali in particular was delighted to have the martial arts star in his home city, as he said to the press:
“When you have such a famous star coming to Serbia, who loves our country and our people, our desire is to have him back again…”
Even if Dana White seems less than impressed with the aikidoka, it seems the man in black will always have a warm welcome in Eastern Europe.