Watch Georges St-Pierre training in Kyokushin Karate at age 13
Georges ‘Rush’ St-Pierre recently made history at UFC 217 when he choked out Michael Bisping to win the middleweight title, making him just the fourth UFC fighter ever to be a multi-division champion.
But long before he started fighting MMA and became known as ‘Rush’, GSP first trained in the traditional Japanese martial art of Kyokushin Karate, which we see in the video below.
In the video, we see a 13-year-old GSP performing a karate ‘kata’ which is a part of karate training where you practice a set pattern of movements and techniques in order to develop perfect form and technique.
While the effectiveness of practicing karate kata is questionable, Kyokushin karate is known as one of the more effective styles of karate which is most likely due to its emphasis on sparring and competition which is lacking in many other traditional martial arts.
As previously stated, Kyokushin karate was GSP’s first martial art, which he originally started training in to defend himself against a school bully. After his karate teacher died, though, he turned his sights towards MMA, specifically grappling, and the rest is history.
ABOUT GEORGES ST-PIERRE:
Georges St-Pierre (born May 19, 1981), often referred to as GSP, is a Canadian mixed martial artist of French descent. Currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), St-Pierre is the reigning UFC Middleweight Champion and a three-time former UFC Welterweight Champion, having won the title twice from 2006 to 2008, as well as an Interim title in 2007. Frequently cited as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, St-Pierre was ranked as the #1 welterweight in the world for several years by Sherdog and numerous other publications. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 he was named the Canadian Athlete of the Year by Rogers Sportsnet. Fight Matrix lists him as the top MMA Welterweight of all time and most accomplished fighter in MMA history. [Source: Wiki]