Thread: Vitor Belfort: Karateka
9/11/2009 2:50pm, #1
Vitor Belfort: Karateka
Sherdog has an interview with Vitor Belfort in which he proclaims his love for Shotokan. Some choice quotes:
“People have a lot of respect for boxing and wrestling, but I’ve always had the vision of bringing things that are not being used in the sport, like I did with boxing. After that, I contacted Lyoto. We trained together a couple of times in Rio de Janeiro, and I felt his timing was from karate, so I started to get interested in karate again. Of course, I made some adaptations, as I combined karate with my boxing game. I’m adding a couple of nice things from Shotokan to my game.”
Asked about what aspects of karate impressed him the most, Belfort gave no pause. “It keeps you relaxed all the time,” he said. “You never show what you are going to do; you always do what the opponent doesn’t expect. I should say that karate is the art of hit and not getting hit. What impressed me the most was the reaction time.”
“Today, I’m pretty much focused on my karate training, but I’m also training my muay Thai and boxing with Shawn Tompkins, who is an amazing trainer,” he said. “Today, I should say that karate is the basis of my stand-up fighting, together with boxing.”“Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4
9/11/2009 3:25pm, #2
Does not compute.
In all seriousness, I didn't expect this. I'm impressed. I particularly liked his phrasing: "my karate, my boxing and my jiu-jitsu" (emphasis mine). There are some who believe this to be impossible--I just got told that it is impossible for me to have "my" judo, only to begin to know the greatness that is Kodokan judo, over on judoforum--but I believe synthesizing and internalizing an art is essential to truly knowing it. Belfort is obviously in tune with that.
I'd love to get more details on how he integrates boxing, MT, and karate for his standup. I doubt that'll be forthcoming outside of an instructional.What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates
9/11/2009 4:55pm, #3
Afk, gotta go clean myself up now after reading that.
9/11/2009 8:43pm, #4
“Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4
9/11/2009 8:43pm, #5
9/11/2009 9:10pm, #6
I think he'll probably just bounce around a little more, try to be evasive, and THEN fist-spam.
9/17/2009 4:20pm, #7
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Good read. Always nice to read the insight topics about what MA/fighting aspects drive somebody the most.
10/05/2009 10:06pm, #8
And he gets ranked. I think the article is a little lame, but interesting.
Via http://judoforum.com/index.php?showtopic=40830&hl=What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates
10/05/2009 11:11pm, #9
Honestly, it'd be kinda fun to hug some nuts, but I really didn't see any krotty in his fight with Rich Franklin; if the article didn't tell me otherwise I'd not believe it.
He DID look very Shotokan against Matt Lindland however.
10/06/2009 9:09am, #10
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It says in the article he got his belt from Mr Tanaka...are they referring to Tanaka of the JKA?