4 slick karate techniques that Conor McGregor uses in the cage

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Many UFC fighters out there are well-known to come from karate backgrounds like Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida, and Michelle ‘The Karate Hottie’ Waterson, but many people don’t know that UFC superstar Conor McGregor also uses quite a few techniques from karate like we see in the following video.

In this video from karate expert Jesse Enkamp, we see 4 very cool karate techniques that Conor McGregor employs during his fights that many people aren’t aware of.

The first thing that Conor uses from karate is the use of karate distancing. Much like Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, Conor is a master of utilizing and controlling proper distance to give him the best chances of success. When you control the distance, you control the fight and get to decide exactly when you are going to engage with your opponent.

Another cool karate skill that Conor uses during his fights is his karate type stance. His stance is pretty wide compared to most MMA fighters and he keeps his hips to a 45-degree angle, not straight on.

One of the more obvious techniques that Conor McGregor borrows from karate is his use of unorthodox karate style kicks – like spin kicks and jumping kicks. Though Conor doesn’t really put anyone away with these kicks and much prefers to knock his opponents out with punches, these kicks still can help set up his other strikes as well as help keep his opponents guessing.

And lastly, according to Jesse, Conor McGregor’s knockout punching ability is very similar to karate style punching where you engage your entire kinetic chain to land the most powerful punch possible on your opponent. He also makes use of the karate mindset when punching where you are always ready to attack.

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