In todays article I will share some of the amazing lessons that I learned from training with and talking to UFC Champion Lyoto Machida.
So this monday through a friend (thank you Oliver) I got the opportunity to come and train Karate with MMA-legend Lyoto Machida and his brother Chinzo. These guys are amazing fighters but most importantly seemed so simple and down to earth. The first thing that happened when I walked in the gym was that Lyoto Machida, a guy that has inspired millions of karate practitioners by becoming the first UFC Champion with a Karate background pulled out his hand and said:
"Welcome, what is your name?"
After that we had a great session of training karate for MMA. As an elite karate fighter it was a great opportunity to train with Lyoto and Chinzo to experience their type of karate and how they have made it work for MMA.
I learned a few great things about my own karate, but most importantly I learned a few lessons from Lyoto Machida that I would like to share with you.
1. Be Yourself
It was so easy to talked to these guys. Lyoto seemed so relaxed and humble despite being one of the most famous martial artists of our time. He spoke from his heart and was sincerely interested in listening to our stories as well.
So like Bruce Lee said:
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."
2. Be Passionate About What You Do
Despite training martial arts all his life he still seemed passionate about learning, improving and evolving as a person and a martial artist. Whatever you might do, make sure to move forward and never stop learning.
3. Move forward but don't forget your roots
Lyoto explained that the move from Belem in Brazil to Los Angeles was very good for focusing.
"In Belem, I can't go anywhere without stopping to talk to everybody. Here in LA its great for focus. I train and I go home."
Even though they made the move to LA and that Chinzo and Lyoto is developing their own style of Machida Karate they never forgot the roots that their father gave them through traditional karate. Whatever you do, evolve and move forward but never forget what and who shaped you into becoming the person you are in the first place.
4. Family First
While sparring with Chinzo it was great to see how Lyoto coached him and gave him pointers how to evolve. What coach can be better than your own father or brother? Always make sure to create a "family" of people that you can trust. That will make you feel safe and ready to perform at the top of your abilities.
Lyoto Machida is one of the nicest and most humble persons I have ever come across which at the same time are so accomplished as an athlete and martial artist.
It inspired me to be more humble, and it should inspire you too.
You don't have to be cooky to be great. You just have to be great to be great.
Work hard, smile, enjoy the ride, go after what you want and last but not least - Be humble like a UFC Champion.
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PETER JUMRUKOVSKI is an author, keynote speaker and World medalist who practice what he preach. He consider himself a citizen of the world and is currently residing in Marina Del Rey, CA.
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