It’s been said to be a now long running joke. The Hollywood action-hero Steven Seagal is the Sensei master behind Blackhouse fighters Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. The thought of a martial-arts actor specializing in Akido, sharing the secrets to fighting with a select group has been a hard sell.

According to Blackhouse manager Ed Soares, there is some truth to Seagals claims of teachings to the two UFC greats their recent highlight finishes.

“People can say what they want about Steven Segal,” said Soares. “He understands fighting man. He does understand fighting.

People always ask ‘is that all really true?’ Let me tell you something, I’m not going to tell you that Steven Segal taught Anderson Silva or taught Lyoto how to do that kick. But I can definitely tell you that Steven Segal – I saw with my own two eyes – I walked back into the Blackhouse and saw Steven Segal telling Anderson to make adjustments … I remember him saying ‘make your knee go up high, because if you make your knee go up high the guy is not going to see your foot come’ – and that’s exactly what he did.”

“So did he teach him that? No. Did he perfect it? Maybe he just reminded him that it could work. I don’t know what he did, but he did something. Because I personally saw him doing that kick, and I personally saw him work Lyoto with that kick.”

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