The Beauty of Lyoto Machida’s Karate Techniques (3 Slow Motion Videos)


We’ve touched on the effectiveness and the relative esoteric nature of Lyoto Machida’s Karate techniques in MMA before. But instead of explaining them again, we found three example videos that breakdown all of Machida’s techniques that stem from his Karate background for you to dissect and enjoy.

For Karate guys, the concept of “Ikken Hissatsu 一拳必殺” or “to annihilate with one blow”, countering / intercepting an opponent during the start of his motion, is old news. But for those who don’t train Karate, instead of screaming “boring” the next time you watch one of his fights, watch these videos and you may begin to better appreciate just what Machida’s game is all about.

Trips / Takedowns:

Karate trips and sweeps off balance an opponent very easily when they don’t know what to look for.

Signature Knee:

Because Karate lacks a short range weapon, he created one himself to use in MMA in case an opponent came in too close for him to use his punch.

Signature Counter Punch:

Knocking guys out left right and center with the surprise Karate straight punch!

One last note about Lyoto Machida’s Karate in MMA:
It works best when Machida is backpedaling and countering than if he’s attacking and moving forward because Karate attacks in a straight line and can be countered with hooks on the way in. His opponent cannot change the course of his action mid-way through so it is best to counter attack just when his opponent has started moving forward.

Unless, Machida’s opponent times or feints his own attack in order to lure him to counter attack, in which his opponent counter attacks his counter attack (Jon Jones in the 2nd round with an overhand right, Mauricio Shogun Rua in their 2nd fight with a left hook).

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If You Are Still Not Cross Training… Here’s A Wake Up Call (Brutal but Classic Video)

Many martial artists these days are still sticking to their roots of training their traditional martial arts that they’ve done for 5 or even 10 or more years. We respect their dedication to their martial art of choice. We would just like to remind them that if they’re not cross training in preparation for other martial arts styles, this could very well be what happens.

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Ultimate Korean Fighters (TV Documentary) – Story Of Koreans In The Sport Of MMA And Joining The UFC

Stun Gun
Stun Gun

There is something that needs to be said about Korean fighters. Even though Japan and Japanese fighters enjoyed being the first Asian country to train MMA and became its mecca 20 years earlier than the rest of Asia, its fighters have not transitioned to the UFC very well. Japan’s biggest stars; Kazushi Sakuraba, Genki Sudo, Takanori Gomi, Norifumi Yamamoto, and Shinya Aoki have all spent their primes fighting in Japan, but each having mixed results when it mattered, and that was fighting in the western hemisphere (UFC).

Being well versed in Boxing, Judo, and Taekwondo for many decades, Koreans have somewhat of a unique cultural upbringing that breeds great MMA fighters. We can’t quite put it to statistics or bring out a book to look at any solid facts, but we believe Koreans are born fighters. They’re the only country where you can get a university degree in martial arts, and they are a “manly” group of people in general. We believe a combination of possessing that strong Mongolian blood, a protein and vegetable-heavy Korean diet (as opposed to useless carbohydrates in other Asian diets), and living in harsh environments have molded them to being big, strong, and mean. In the ring, the fighting spirit of Korean fighters makes them entertaining, exciting, and aggressive fighters.

Korean Zombie
Korean Zombie

Korean fighters are definitely on the rise and have already made their mark in the UFC. This television documentary special takes a very interesting in-depth look at some of (South) Korea’s most prominent MMA fighters, how they came up, how their UFC debut was, and their defining moments so far in their careers. Check out the TV special, Ultimate Korean Fighters (turn on English subtitles using the Closed Captioning button):

What’s interesting to note in this television special is that unlike the UFC Countdown and Prime Time shows, this one took some time to ask fighters what their lives were like and how their family felt about them being fighters. Asian fighters definitely don’t get the respect or support they deserve in their countries because fighting is seen as a barbaric, ugly thing to do in Asian culture that is reserved for thugs and gangsters. Whereas in America, fighting is a sport where parents encourage their children to get into. More on this cultural difference in a future article, where we will dive in on just why Chinese fighters have yet to join in on the MMA party.

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