What’s up, readers?! Whenever I am reading the news from Kazakhstan, I think it is exciting and awesome when the Kazakh and American cultures cross. And recently, our two cultures came together when Hollywood actor Steven Seagal went to visit Astana.
Seagal, known for acting, directing, and producing films, is probably best recognized for his skills as a martial artist. Therefore, it makes complete sense that the capital city of Astana would invite him to participate in the First International Festival of Martial Arts. In light of Astana Day, the First International Festival of Martial Arts was celebrated by Seagal as well as many Kazakh children and adults alike. The festival took place in the sports hall at the Palace of Students.
For those of you who may not know much about Seagal, let me provide a few fun facts for you:
- He was born on April 10, 1951 making him age 64 at the time of his visit to Astana.
- He has achieved the level of 7th dan in the Aikikai school of Aikido.
- At age 17 he travelled to Japan to teach English.
- He has earned several black belts in aikido, judo, karate, and kendo.
- He has choreographed fight scenes for films.
- He has worked as a bodyguard and martial arts instructor.
- Seagal lives in Asia for 15 years and studied Eastern philosophy.
- Seagal is known for the films: Above the Law (1988), Hard to Kill (1989), Under Siege (1922) and others.
Well, readers, there you have it. Not only is it really cool that Kazakhstan has started a new festival revolving around martial arts, but it is also quite awesome that Steven Seagal went to Kazakhstan to teach the people there about the sport and lifestyle. Sounds like we will have some Kazakh children following in Seagal’s footsteps and pursuing a dream in martial arts.
Sources: AstanaTimes.com; Biography.com