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Pure Skill... How Karate Master Knocked People Out in UFC - Lyoto Machida

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  • Tyrant Revolver
    Tyrant Revolver Ай бұрын +651

    I have so much respect for this man taking his father's teachings and sharing his respect for them with the world. I'm moved by his dedication and discipline. Truly a legend.

    • Boi Tie Chee
      Boi Tie Chee 10 күн бұрын +3

      I saw him fight live twice. He was one of 5 of my favourite figters. At the time he was my favourite. How fickle this reads. He is a legend. Thank you for the fights. Thank you producing this video. Goosebumps

    • Emma schmidt
      Emma schmidt 14 күн бұрын +5

      ***True love = the love of God!*** God himself went to the cross for you out of love for you as a human being Philippians 2:5-8

    • Fl R
      Fl R 28 күн бұрын +3


  • bob bong X
    bob bong X Ай бұрын +301

    The man that proved karate could be efficient against mma. WHAT A LIVING LEGEND.

    • ein 3248
      ein 3248 12 күн бұрын +1

      Amazing fighter. But he did not move as a karate practitioner. Mostly boxing and kicking. Therefore, kickboxer.

    • Nathan G
      Nathan G 12 күн бұрын

      @jake halle looks like its just someone who dose karate happens to be good in
      MMA aswell dont seem to have much to do with karate at all

    • pnojazz
      pnojazz 12 күн бұрын +13

      @Newbie4Hire All of the mawashi gyuri (round house) and mygeri (Front) kicks are straight out of Karate! And how many straight punches did you see? Both choke-zuki (straight punch) and gyaku-zuki (Reverse Punch) for knockouts? All of those are straight out of Karate. And if you didn't recognize that, you never studied Karate!

    • Newbie4Hire
      Newbie4Hire 15 күн бұрын +6

      did he though? He barely used any karate in his fights.

    • Danial Ghofrani
      Danial Ghofrani 23 күн бұрын

      effective, not efficient

  • Anderson Vicente
    Anderson Vicente Ай бұрын +27


  • atmeneti21
    atmeneti21 Ай бұрын +31

    What a character , strong personality.True role model. The most impressing to me is the way he never excuses , always respectful, accepts questionable decisions like a man no complaint. Back to grinding. I would give him my deepest and longest bow if i would ever meet him.

  • DigiMeth
    DigiMeth Ай бұрын +853

    What I find most interesting about Machida is the culture combo he represents - a humble Japanese discipline mixed with a brazen Brazilian fire. Truly a master in every aspect. God bless you Lyoto Machida.

    • 2DEEP2MUCH 420
      2DEEP2MUCH 420 12 күн бұрын

      I thought Karate was chinese not japanese.

    • Bobby Riffle
      Bobby Riffle 24 күн бұрын +1

      Today's stupidest "woke".. statement.
      "The more you know"...

    • Auron710
      Auron710 25 күн бұрын +2

      @DigiMeth just a little fact for you, the highest population of Japanese people outside of Japan is actually in Brazil so having a half Brazilian and half Japanese person is actually a lot more common than you may think.

    • Melted nostrils Born without nostrils
      Melted nostrils Born without nostrils Ай бұрын

      @Umami Papi The only thing weird is finding a persons Race more interesting than their accomplishments.

    • Umami Papi
      Umami Papi Ай бұрын +1

      @Melted nostrils Born without nostrils Weirdo.

  • Loud Silence
    Loud Silence Ай бұрын +22

    Certainly one of the best fighters of his time, classy, humble and technical as hell. It was a pleasure to see him fight. Thank you, Lyotto

  • kevin chan
    kevin chan Ай бұрын +32

    So much respect for Lyoto. Also love how much respect he shows for his opponents.

  • 6denashi608
    6denashi608 Ай бұрын +12

    Though he was sometimes criticized as a counter striker, it was fun to watch his excellent timing and precision. I remember watching him on his rise to L-H champ. I liked how he reinforced the spirit of MA in MMA.

  • Shawn Lentz
    Shawn Lentz Ай бұрын +30

    I loved how his opponents would get so frustrated because they couldn't touch him. He was so elusive and his counters laser sharp. One of my all time favorite fighters for sure. Much respect Dragon

  • Kahrvile
    Kahrvile Ай бұрын +11

    He was the reason i got into the ufc, seeing his story displayed like this is enlightening 🔥🔥

    • Shane Reeves
      Shane Reeves 10 күн бұрын

      @Theo Dutra no but you are. 'He was the reason I got into the Ufc." Maybe you actually are in the UFC and have taken too many hits. Are you reading the top comment in the thread?

    • Theo Dutra
      Theo Dutra 10 күн бұрын +1

      @Shane Reeves he said he got into it as in acquired a taste for it. Are you dense?

    • Shane Reeves
      Shane Reeves 10 күн бұрын

      @Theo Dutra what didn’t you understand?
      I'll make it clear
      If you have to post about it on KZclip, you know, tell everybody that has NO WAY of confirming it it's probably a story.
      People in prison love to tell stories. One of the best, most prolific stories is how they are MMA fighters on the outside.
      In reality they are strung out tweakers who have burned their families.
      In a context like this, I'm skeptical.

    • Theo Dutra
      Theo Dutra 10 күн бұрын

      @Shane Reeves what the fuck are you trying to say bruv?

    • Shane Reeves
      Shane Reeves 11 күн бұрын

      Lol. Did you just get out of prison? Lol. A third of the guys in prison are in the UFC. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
      Cringe bro

  • David Bland
    David Bland Ай бұрын +7

    Much respect for his career and accomplishments.

  • ZeroOneOneTwo Three
    ZeroOneOneTwo Three Ай бұрын +4

    16:48 What a legend! He was not hiding his shock and immediately said he got his ass whooped! 🙏

  • Caffeine & CHAOS
    Caffeine & CHAOS Ай бұрын +8

    I just love classy athletes. He went out, did the stuff and respected his craft and his opponents.

  • Trenasist
    Trenasist Ай бұрын +168

    "Persist, because adversaries will be there along the entire way. Not only in your competition, but in your life.
    Sometimes it seems like you're not going to make it, but you keep going. That's the warrior's way"
    More words to live by ♥

    • Wayne Macomson
      Wayne Macomson 12 күн бұрын

      Persist might better be said "gently insist". It is the gentle pressure that causes all to yield.

    • Stephen Hensley
      Stephen Hensley Ай бұрын

      Like Ukraine !

  • alexander romero
    alexander romero Ай бұрын +3

    I wonder how much a monster he would have been,going middle weight years earlier,but overall he definitely have a legacy that is gonna be respected for many years to come

  • Karl Teai
    Karl Teai Ай бұрын +1

    God bless you Lyoto ! Thanks for your wisdom and example through your martial art

  • Axeia
    Axeia Ай бұрын +9

    I don't watch stuff like this often but I can tell he's something different from most. Very quick on switching up his style and very quick on using any opportunity to dive in going straight for the head. A lot of others seem to hit once and see how effective it was and land a lot of hits on the back of the head. He lands a hit and if he thinks it was a good one without observing first just dives in with a flurry of blows with great precision to the the front of the head.

  • Shane Jefferys
    Shane Jefferys Ай бұрын +18

    What a warrior!! Nothing to be ashamed about in this career or way of combat. I'm sure his Father would be proud of his son.
    Great video, really enjoyed it.

  • White Coyote
    White Coyote Ай бұрын +227

    I will always remember Lyoto for his kicks. They honestly look like a simple tap that sent people to the ground.

    • pnojazz
      pnojazz 12 күн бұрын

      AND the KNEES!!!

    • Emma schmidt
      Emma schmidt 14 күн бұрын +1

      *The ETERNAL GOD would do anything for you!! Even out of love for you he went to the cross as a human!!* Philippians 2:5-8

    • Phillip H
      Phillip H 26 күн бұрын

      Crocop was the best tho. As far as leg kicks go

    • Viking Life
      Viking Life 27 күн бұрын

      Apparently he is still going to fight at 43 years old.

    • Aviral Janveja
      Aviral Janveja Ай бұрын +8

      It is a traditional snap kick to the head. just how a snapping whipping punch hurts more than a push punch.

  • Neyonius
    Neyonius Ай бұрын +2

    Machida has always been in my top 3 for the UFC video games.
    They really make sure you know his neck/head kicks are lethal in those games.

  • Chefs Corner
    Chefs Corner Ай бұрын +1

    If you've never had a friend that had this kind of fighting talent allow you to join him in a friendly sparing match where they hold back any knockout blows, you'll soon realize why these guys are BAD ASS!! I had that opportunity when I was young (24) and in awesome shape. My buddy who had some serious fighting training/skills but was much smaller than I offered to show me his skills after I gave him a bit of friendly shit. I soon realized that could have knocked me out in the first few seconds. Instead, he showed just how fast he was by tapping me around the jaw and midsection and I couldn't block more than one punch (at best) he was so fast, and I couldn't touch him!! I finally had to laugh I felt so out of my league, and he smiled back with a told you so smile. LOL.

  • john moser
    john moser Ай бұрын +3

    Very impressive fighter... super tenacious
    Sometimes he really was on point with his timing

  • Cypher Punk
    Cypher Punk Ай бұрын +1

    When I was doing MMA all my fights were a first round knock out, no matter how big or small my opponent was.
    The only reason I quit was because I was sick of getting knocked out in the first round every fight.

  • Aesir07
    Aesir07 Ай бұрын

    Say what you will - and I do - This is class, personified. - A TRUE warrior, in every sense of the word. - Machida - A name for honor.

  • Alec Lovejoy
    Alec Lovejoy Ай бұрын +3

    He is the most humble ufc fighter to ever fight!

  • Itami Youji
    Itami Youji Ай бұрын +3

    This guy has been my MMA hero since high school.

  • Chainsaw FPV
    Chainsaw FPV 12 күн бұрын +118

    "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. No excuses. He was better then me, and deserved victory. " Words of a good, humble man.

  • Mexican Beauty
    Mexican Beauty Ай бұрын +3

    Nothing but respect to Lyoto Machida, not only humble but respectful, and big ups to Rampage for geniunly accepting that he got his ass wooped, shows the good humble side and gave credit where credit was due, Rampage definitley earned my respect today lol. Lyoto Machida is amazing to say the least.

  • dwrabauke
    dwrabauke Ай бұрын +341

    I like how in several matches he did not "finish" his opponent because he saw he didn't have to. Holding back this much says a lot about his principles.

    • Ron Car
      Ron Car 3 күн бұрын


    • joe1deuce27
      joe1deuce27 4 күн бұрын +1

      My thoughts EXACTLY

    • SchiesterMalG
      SchiesterMalG 5 күн бұрын +5

      That is why I hated Tito Ortiz as a fighter. He did the opposite of this. He is a terrible blemish and chipped tooth on the face of MMA. It is satisfying to see Machida defeat him.

    • 2DEEP2MUCH 420
      2DEEP2MUCH 420 12 күн бұрын +4

      so true.

  • Kaleb Norman
    Kaleb Norman Ай бұрын +1

    He has always been one of my favorites. Such an interesting style.

  • GrayGhostSafaris
    GrayGhostSafaris Ай бұрын

    Much respect for Lyoto and the Machida family!

  • Tomáš Telenský - vlog
    Tomáš Telenský - vlog Ай бұрын

    29:57 this is incredible.... he just lets his attacking opponent run into his elbow!!! 😲

  • Kyle Aversa
    Kyle Aversa Ай бұрын

    Hands down my favorite fighter of all time!!!

  • Josh Gaston
    Josh Gaston Ай бұрын +1

    Back when I watched UFC Lyoto the Dragon Machida was one of my top favorite fighters.
    I liked BJ Penn alot too.

  • RobeRonin
    RobeRonin Ай бұрын

    true champion held his head high the whole time :) much respect!

  • Aaron French
    Aaron French Ай бұрын

    A+ video. Machida has always been one of my absolute favorite martial artist.

  • Sammy Speros
    Sammy Speros Ай бұрын

    A true good story and I'll never forget he was one of my idols back in 2004 end up.

  • Michael Moses
    Michael Moses Ай бұрын

    Great video. Such a humble and classy champion.

  • Thom Mallens
    Thom Mallens Ай бұрын

    9:05 that was brutal ive never seen anyone take so many knees to the face and still stand

  • Billy Ball
    Billy Ball Ай бұрын

    My favorite fighter of all time the dragon will always be a legend...

  • The More You Know
    The More You Know Ай бұрын

    Somemthing about this kept bringing tears to my eyes. Awesome story.

  • Keith to The Hood
    Keith to The Hood Ай бұрын

    He’s definitely, my favorite fighter!

  • Dylan C
    Dylan C Ай бұрын

    Any tool in the hands of a master can do incredible things

  • Eduardo Sedotes
    Eduardo Sedotes Ай бұрын +9

    Yeah! Thank you Mashida Sensei, for proving that traditional karatedo training is not a joke. Kata has a purpose. It's not a "dance". Everything in kata has a purpose. Aside from kata, karatedo has other teachings not seen by lower-ranked students.

  • Giga_Rat TTV
    Giga_Rat TTV Ай бұрын

    Literally one of my top 5 fighters of all time

  • Dana Bana
    Dana Bana Ай бұрын

    He’s my absolute favorite. Stephen Thompson is my 2nd. Two class act extremely amazing athletes. 🌟🌟🌟
    Your videos are FANTASTIC.

  • Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans Ай бұрын

    They all say “There's levels to this”, Lyoto is masters level. Regardless of discipline.

  • fater saadatniaki
    fater saadatniaki Ай бұрын

    That bow of respect and chivalry 🥲

  • Leo Scott
    Leo Scott Ай бұрын

    As much as I love Machida, watching Shogun knock him out is still super cathartic.

  • Mo Russell
    Mo Russell Ай бұрын


  • carn1fex_
    carn1fex_ Ай бұрын

    NGL he was one of my favorites when I watched UFC. I was a fan of his fighting and root for him I ever saw him fighting.

  • 0011thhour
    0011thhour Ай бұрын

    the fight with rashad was crazy. that dude folded on impact. that's a clean ko

  • Ace Copper
    Ace Copper Ай бұрын

    What an inspirational man

  • Shadog Abbassio
    Shadog Abbassio Ай бұрын

    One of the goats. One of my all time favorites. Lives up to his name, The Dragon.. Flys around a bit. Gets the lay the land. Spits a fire ball here and there.....Then when he's figured out the lay of the land and has had enough he swoops in and burns your entire village to the fucking ground lol.

  • Pieter Lindeque
    Pieter Lindeque Ай бұрын

    Karate works when properly applied to full contact combat. This is true for everything. What is needed is for traditional martial arts to come completely into the full contact sparring and competition areas then we will see a lot more diversity. Point based and low contact competition is the issue.

  • Paul Smith
    Paul Smith Ай бұрын

    Machida said that Jones "can't fight me standing". Jones was on another level, Machida never stood a chance.

  • Elite
    Elite Ай бұрын

    Masterpiece. THanks for this video!

  • chuck frey
    chuck frey Ай бұрын

    he was so good at the counter. hed lure them in and make them over commit and hed take them out. it was crazy

  • Planet Luzzo
    Planet Luzzo Ай бұрын

    Mad respect!

  • dave h
    dave h Ай бұрын

    Respect & Honour. My favourite fighter.

  • Steve
    Steve Ай бұрын +102

    Out of the ring, one of the coolest nicest guys ever. I've met him a couple of times. Always has time for everyone and smiling. I feel like I am more informed about Lyoto's career now. Thank you for posting this. I really enjoyed the watch.

    • Sheikh Fazaa3
      Sheikh Fazaa3 16 күн бұрын +1

      May the peace of Allah be with you

  • Craig Salinger
    Craig Salinger Ай бұрын

    Legend 👏

  • charly spade
    charly spade Ай бұрын +23

    Lyoto Machida is an excellent fighter, disciplined, focused, makes perfect adjustments and is well prepared to fight anyone. He's had a great example and teacher, his father to guide him along the way. He made a solid decision that paid off and proved that traditional martial arts can still be very effective when applied properly even when he had to go against his sensei and father's advice. But what I like the most about this fighter, this man, is his humbleness and overall respect for others. I could honestly say that Lyoto Machida is my all time favorite fighter. Continued success and blessings to you Brazilian Dragon!

    • Ingvar Z
      Ingvar Z Ай бұрын

      There’s a new champ in town.. Servey Pavlovich

  • austin gortman
    austin gortman Ай бұрын

    I was so sad when he lost to shogun loved this guy

  • Jay Doe
    Jay Doe Ай бұрын +6

    Don't know anything about him as a man but as a fighter I always found him to be one of the absolute most respectable in the ring. A true role model to be used to show the youth about honorable fighting.

  • Gem Whisperer
    Gem Whisperer Ай бұрын

    Hold up wait a second are you telling me this guy is still fighting?

  • Brett Coleman
    Brett Coleman Ай бұрын

    Lyoto was my all time favorite fighter.

  • Endless Void
    Endless Void Ай бұрын +143

    Much respect to Rampage because he knew he had gotten beaten ,and didn't agree with them letting him win. Good guy ,and real man. Good fighter as well!

    • Harry Davey
      Harry Davey Ай бұрын +18

      Rampage was a fucking legend, Yeah. Just a real dude.

  • Burgundy Home
    Burgundy Home Ай бұрын

    at 18:52
    How can you win against three equally strong opponents? That's insane!

  • Nate M
    Nate M Ай бұрын

    i had no idea that the dragon was so qualified before entering the UFC. man...his resume is up there with the GOATs.

  • Æthelvlad
    Æthelvlad Ай бұрын

    nice of him to bow goodbye to his defeated opponent as their soul exits their body and begins to ascend

  • matt d painter
    matt d painter Ай бұрын

    As long as you keep the definition of karate loose-y goose-y it’s very effective in mma. You don’t see them bang it out directly in front of each other very often

  • Bonus Pater Familias
    Bonus Pater Familias Ай бұрын +24

    The thing that really stands out to me is that Machita always starts by stepping backwards as if he's intimated by his opponent. Once the opponent gets confident enough to attack, Machita counters with a very strong and confident dash forward which catches opponents off guard every time at the start of the match. It seems to intimidate opponents afterwards into thinking they are fighting a genius.

    • port nut
      port nut 26 күн бұрын +2

      @Ben McCann Noticed that too, simple but effective tactic .

    • Ben McCann
      Ben McCann 29 күн бұрын +9

      100% he almost looks like he's feigning tiredness, being off balance. It's very subtle body language and then he just bursts to life and the opponent takes a flurry to the face. By the time they have a chance to recover they're on the other side of the ring on the floor.

    • formantix
      formantix Ай бұрын +4

      Also typical shotokan, stances are to draw opponents towards you by tilting back or taking the stances deep, increasing the distance while being just in striking range.

  • 4estLive
    4estLive Ай бұрын

    Epic video much respect!

  • Javier Vazquez
    Javier Vazquez Ай бұрын +1

    "Above all, you must first beat yourself" - 🤔. 👊🏼🥋

  • Crazy Mongol
    Crazy Mongol Ай бұрын

    Such an brilliant fighter and video about him!

  • Douglas Rodrigues
    Douglas Rodrigues Ай бұрын

    This guy is really good.👍

  • Cody Whalen
    Cody Whalen 2 ай бұрын +1925

    His fight against Jackson and him saying “he whooped my ass and I’m ashamed of this decision” shows a ton of respect to the fighter

      VALHALLA Ай бұрын

      But..he still lost.

    • Eduardo Mendez
      Eduardo Mendez Ай бұрын

      He should not have fought tho, it was for the title belt no way in hell would anybody put the belt on the line if they weren't ready, not even Tyson! Any other fight, fine by me.

    • Petey Pete
      Petey Pete Ай бұрын +4

      Jackson is such a class act

    • Samson Hendrix III
      Samson Hendrix III Ай бұрын +4

      Exactly brother!

  • Artur Arcoverde
    Artur Arcoverde 12 күн бұрын +17

    Além de um grande esportista , um ser humano fora da curva que tive a honra de conhecer. Humildade , simpatia e gentileza são suas grandes Virtudes

  • Waqar Ghulam
    Waqar Ghulam Ай бұрын

    He was as good in karate as Khabib was in wrestling

  • Jesse Smith
    Jesse Smith Ай бұрын

    Always one of my favorites:)

  • FallNorth
    FallNorth Ай бұрын

    Ahh but does he ever do the "Crane Kick" - we need to know!
    Seriously though, the way the backs of these guys heads crack down when knocked cold should be a warning to anyone who thinks it's a good/fun idea to knock someone out in the street without a very good reason. Imagine that on something hard - and the prison sentence.

  • Thicky McGhee
    Thicky McGhee 2 ай бұрын +5813

    He broke his arm in training camp, lost the fight, but made zero excuses for losing. What a G.

    • larry Brown
      larry Brown 2 күн бұрын

      Would of been more paid and more successful had he just been honest and told about his broken arm. Honor is great but this isn't the 1600s.

    • TJXdarkstar
      TJXdarkstar 3 күн бұрын

      Yeah 😤😤😭

    • Don Ciubotaru
      Don Ciubotaru 3 күн бұрын

      The best ever G

    • EKSATable
      EKSATable 4 күн бұрын

      How can the other dude proudly act like he beat Machida when he literally had a broken arm??? Honestly, I'd feel embarrassed doing a rematch with someone who has a broken arm and act like I earned that win.

    • MightyZuluX
      MightyZuluX 4 күн бұрын

      Une légende

  • Erik Larsson
    Erik Larsson Ай бұрын

    What can I say... a true master he allways be forewer and allways is my humble opinion

  • SmallRaven Ware
    SmallRaven Ware Ай бұрын

    Shotokan all day long. Machida - huge respect!

  • majones117
    majones117 Ай бұрын +48

    He is able to still go like that in his 40's really speaks to how well he treats his body in such a demanding sport. What a legend.

  • Victory First
    Victory First Ай бұрын

    This is what the martial arts are all about. The philosophical part of the fighting art itself. Both sides have to be learned for a well rounded practitioner.

  • Douglas Cowle
    Douglas Cowle Ай бұрын

    loved his fights

  • Savage Cabbage
    Savage Cabbage Ай бұрын

    The dragon is a legend

  • Enildem Day
    Enildem Day Ай бұрын

    Great fighter.

  • Atomberè Demir
    Atomberè Demir Ай бұрын

    good to see Karate getting some respect again... since Karate kid debuted

  • Jimmy Jamz
    Jimmy Jamz Ай бұрын

    Pretty cool. I hope they keep the updates flowing.

  • Jonathan Vargas
    Jonathan Vargas Ай бұрын

    Dam he's gone up with the greatest

  • JolskieWolskie
    JolskieWolskie Ай бұрын

    Ufc needs a new karate master to take over for a bit: old school needs a revival

  • Bruce Saxton
    Bruce Saxton Ай бұрын

    True mastery & true Class.

  • Mark Glino
    Mark Glino 2 ай бұрын +4272

    He came from the best era of UFC. No drama and social media circus. Just amazing fights and title runs.

    • Jerr 1024
      Jerr 1024 Күн бұрын

      @Armando Rodriguez no drama? Lmaooo there was still plenty of drama at this time.

    • 5koby4
      5koby4 4 күн бұрын

      @Deen Kashim The fighters made more off sponsors then than they do with the venum sponsorship

    • 5koby4
      5koby4 4 күн бұрын

      @Joe Pace Are you unaware brain damage can happen from being hit on any part of the head not just the back.

    • Areyouokayannie
      Areyouokayannie 8 күн бұрын

      @Eizbear 00 if ifs and buts were candy and nuts...

    • D
      D 9 күн бұрын

      @Armando Rodriguez Weight class is important this is not a brawl.

  • B Miller
    B Miller 11 күн бұрын +59

    True story. My older brother met a Shotokan Sensei my senior year and we both started Karate lessons in N. Indiana (circa 1976 when I graduated). They had testing about 6 weeks after starting and I thought "no way" I'm ready that fast to go for my yellow belt. I worked hard and by the next time testing came around some months later, I had learned a lot, even moving on to more advanced techniques that I was trying to learn along with some Katas, since I liked Kata more than Kumite. I would practice at home a lot and when a friend jokingly challenged me that "that **** isn't any good for a real fight", we faced off only semi-seriously, and when I followed a round kick with a side kick all in one motion that stopped an inch from his nose, he said, "ok, maybe...".
    Anyway, we drive two towns away months later to the next testing, and after I change in the bathroom, an old Japanese man asks me if the bathroom is open, I reply, "yes" and he goes in and changes. We all line up, and the local school sensei introduces the Japanese man as a Shotokan master from Japan, touring the U.S. dojos, with my sensei, and two others from other schools sitting on either side of him.
    Finally my group of 4 white belts come up to test, we do all our basic forward kicks, front punches, downward blocks, etc. across the dojo floor and I thought it went fine as we finished, when about to walk away, the Japanese master looks at me and says, "YOU - you know round kick?" in his thick Japanese accent. I said, "a little" all while my heartbeat jumps up as I'm wondering 'what the heck, did I screw up???'... He says, "you DO!" So I do round kicks down the floor and he says, you know side kick?", and similarly I go "a little" and do side kicks down the floor. Keep in mind, this is one scared 17 something at his first Karate testing in a room with 50 students from white to black belts in rural Indiana. After a few more "you know...?" and me with my "a little" responses, he thanks me and dismisses me.
    Man, everyone's looking at me and there's a lot of mumbling going on, and those from my school are asking me what the heck I thought just happened as we circle up afterward. No one had any idea, had never seen anything like that at all.
    I learn that common practice was for our sensei to stay after and once they new all the results for our school, would call us each and tell us. So I'm walking on pins and needles at home, when he finally calls me about 9pm. He tells me that he had never seen anything like that either. But the Japanese master was impressed with how well I did the basic techniques to pass for yellow belt, that he wanted to ask about those other techniques to see how much more I knew than those.
    The result was he was suggesting that I be made green belt after what he saw, and the net result was they made me a blue belt, since a couple others suggested it might go to my head if I skipped TWO belts, instead of just one. And that's how I became a blue belt in Shotokan and never was a yellow belt.
    I later tested and passed my green belt test and then started college so had to put Karate aside, but I never forget that day in the dojo testing, nor my sensei who basically had only one good arm, as the other was partially paralyzed, but was a great inspiration and teacher.

    • B Miller
      B Miller 19 сағат бұрын

      @youngloveg1 I'd go with, work hard, apply yourself and you'll be recognized and move up. Worked my entire career, and personal life.

    • youngloveg1
      youngloveg1 20 сағат бұрын

      Trying to find the major point in your story

    • razvanlex
      razvanlex 2 күн бұрын +2

      Great story, thanks for sharing!

    • Lorenzo Larcher
      Lorenzo Larcher 6 күн бұрын +7

      thanks for sharing

  • ashish Singh
    ashish Singh Ай бұрын

    Respect 🙏

  • Oliver Lee
    Oliver Lee Ай бұрын

    I miss the days of respectful, reserved fighters!!! Real men who are adults and don't act like tantrum throwing children!!!

  • Navrinder Sandhu
    Navrinder Sandhu 25 күн бұрын

    Tells you how tough Bonner was. Rip