The Similarities between him and his brother Lyoto are shocking, as they both almost have the same style, that same feel for timing, but non the less, they are very different warriors all the same.
Music: [Downtempo] mōbe - in palo alto
This was a very exciting fight for me, because when I saw it, it almost looked exactly like lyoto Machida's style, but orthodox instead of southpaw. I honestly thought this man was lyoto machida's younger brother, but it turns out, he's a 40 year old man, lyoto's older brother chinzo, he's ten years older... I was in shock... This dude has to be eating those goji berries or something, because he looks like he just graduated highschool, he definitely has a healthy intake of anti oxidants. Non the less, let's take a deeper look into this karate champions latest fight.
Just pay attention to the way he moves his left hand, he's reading his opponents reaction to it as he feints with the left, and notice how he positions his hands with the bladed stance, the same 3 point karate stance used by lyoto. The lead hand guages and helps maintain distance, constantly stepping in and backing away as he feints the left, while the right is lower to his side, ready to counter, waiting for that timing to drop power. He's feeling for his opponents rhythm and building his own sense of timing to that rhythm. Very Lyoto machida aswell in the way he backs up, prodding with leg kicks, basically looking for an opportunity to counter, and the longer this goes on, the more he will get a sense for his opponents rhythm.
Here Chinzo throws a front snap kick, and his opponent knees it to the side, and in that moment, chinzo see's an opening, comes in with an overhand, and watch how his back leg has now shifted to the front as he follows through with the overhand. That was some serious weight being transfered into the punch. But his opponent recovers.
Here, it appears chinzo was attempting to throw a kick with his lead leg, but the motion with halted as he saw his opponent come in with a jab, and so as he raises his hand to block, he is toppled over by his feet moving forward and his hands pushed back. I don't know what happened here but it seems very karate. Like look at his face, you can see him going WOAAH. I've actually never seen a move like this before. It's interesting, he precisely took hold the jab and deflected off of it.
Finishing sequence. Chinzo feints coming in with his left, and his opponents shows intent for a jab, he's picked up a pattern of behaviour. Now watch. Feints the left tapping gloves, then instantly, predicting the same behaviour coming in with a jab, overhand cross, his opponent is hurt, and you can see it on chinzo's face as he goes in to capitalize, WOAAHH. His opponent is pressured, and in that moment of anxiety what comes next is habit, chinzo again feints the left, and counters the pattern of behaviour the jab with a Yeah I did it uppercut... sorry, no, it's a bolo punch, and the fight ends. The reason why the uppercut was so effective in this situation was because his opponent ducked as he threw the jab. He did that here as well, and if you look at the feint he threw here, he was lowering himself similarily. Chinzo picked up on this pattern of ducking after the jab, and as joe lewis once said. The uppercut is the perfect weapon against a fighter in the crouched position, smashing the off switch.
This was very nostalgic for me, as there were so many lyoto machida ques throughout the fight, and to that end, I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as I did. Please don't forget to like and subscribe if you did, it's good karma, and until next time, peace."