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B.J. Penn’s First Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Lesson

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

B.J. Penn is a friend of mine. I gave him his very first Brazilian jiu-jitsu lessons, and for a year we trained together two to three days a week. Whenever B.J. Penn tells the story of how he got started in the martial arts, he’s always kind enough to mention me, which is great. The
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Posted in B.J. Penn, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA Fighters, Mixed Martial Arts, Traditional Martial Artists, Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Shotokan Karate Stylist Lyoto Machida: MMA’s Black Swan

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The current light-heavyweight king of the mixed martial arts is Lyoto Machida, a dyed-in-the-wool shotokan karate stylist. Sure, he’s also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, but when he’s on his feet and knocking people out, he’s mostly using shotokan karate techniques. Watching him take apart top fighters with his shotokan skills is definitely satisfying for
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Posted in General Martial Arts History, Karate, Lyoto Machida, MMA Fighters, Mixed Martial Arts, Shotokan, Traditional Martial Artists, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Western Martial Arts History.