February 28 | 2013
In Part 3 of our three-part series on Lyoto Machida fighting techniques, we look at his boxing, sweeps, kicks and fight plan. Learn how you, too, can use shotokan karate tactics in the octagon!
Lyoto Machida’s Boxing StrikesObservation: Lyoto Machida likes to use straight shots. Explanation: “He knows that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and he uses that,” says Lito Angeles, author of Fight Night! The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Mixed Martial Arts. “That’s not to say he doesn’t do anything else; it just seems to be his main thing. Note that the straight punches he uses are more boxing than shotokan." Action for Your MMA Training: “In sparring, move in and out and from side to side, and when your opponent follows you, blast him right down the middle with a straight shot,” Lito Angeles says.
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