UFC fighter demonstrates how to use karate in MMA
Karate is a striking-based traditional martial art that originates from Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. While it is not as common in modern MMA as say Muay Thai or boxing, many high level fighters have come from karate backgrounds and some even use it with great success in the UFC.
In the following video we see one such example in former UFC middleweight Alan Belcher. Though Alan seemed to be much more a Thai style striker in his UFC days, in this video he demonstrates some karate techniques that would definitely be effective in MMA.
He also makes an important point that for your karate techniques to work, you have to be well-versed in striking in general and that includes Muay Thai and boxing techniques plus of course wrestling and jiu-jitsu as well.
In the video, Alan breaks down the karate stance and how it differs from the traditional Thai stance and how it can pose some different problems for your opponent. He also points out that the karate distance is going to be a little farther away than usual as you do not want to get low kicked by a Muay Thai style fighter.
With the karate style striking it is imperative for you to be mobile and light on your feet then quickly close the gap with your strikes. Towards the end of the video, Alan demonstrates a cool way to use the karate side kick to counter your opponent’s low kick and it is simple and effective and seems like it would definitely work in MMA competition and in self-defense.
ABOUT ALAN BELCHER:
Alan Belcher also known “The Talent” is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, famed for his fights in the UFC where he defeated big names of the sport such as Denis Kang, Wilson Gouveia and Rousimar Palhares. Alan Belcher is also a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under the illustrious Helio “Soneca”, having also spent time following the instructions of Daniel Moraes. [Source: BJJHeroes.com]