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Dragon seeks path, a review of Machida Karate-Do MMA Techniques
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2010
I was looking forward to reading this book when it first appeared on the "to be released list" last year. Even after his loss to Rua (who is an absolute beast), I still wanted to find out more about Lyoto's techniques, both strengths and to some extent, weaknesses.
I am a fan of MMA and a former practitioner of full contact karate; hence, applying karate techniques to MMA seems like an interesting concept to me. Karatekas will readily recognize the strikes. In my opinion, point style karate practitioners can also benefit from the combinations used in this book. Take-downs, defenses, ground work (with basic submissions) and clinches are covered here as well. The pictures and the descriptions are nice and clear, which is a major bonus for this book.
That being said, I still think there is some room for improvements, which are probably in order for the next volume(s). It would be beneficial to see the basic strikes and more footwork with clear explanations (much like the Machida-do DVD series). Also, a little more on work-out regiment (stretches, cardio, strength training, etc) could add a lot of value to this series. There might be some flaws with this unique system (just like any other) but as it stands, Lyoto's hard work has given karate credence as a striking base for MMA.