Originally Posted by Ari
He also desperately needs to learn to use his karate to generate offense instead of avoiding engaging. I thought his fight against Bader was brilliant. But this Machida was far from impressive.
I'm big fans of both of these guys but after this I'm very disappointed.
^^^^^ This is the core of all frustration regarding Machida. He lives and breathes Shotokan Karate from his babyhood. He is a master at that with family legacy. Shotokan Karate is a self defense martial art in its core and a great percentage of Karate practice has philosophical pourposes comparable to Yoga or Tai Chi Chuan. The adaptation to a combat sport, where attacks are expected is just like erasing your entire hard disk to replace your original Operating System.
It is so rare to see originally Shotokan Karate masters engaging in any sport because Karate phylosophy itself prevents that. Note I didn't say Karate practitioners, as there are crosstraining, but an originally Shotokan Karate master, who has the responsibility to carry on teaching his discipules the self defense phylosophy of the art.
Machida Karate System is the best adaptation so far to make Karate a sport attacking martial art, but this is what we get. Sure Machida can hurt and KO ppl as he has proven, but he is not a counter striker merely by choice or because he is afraid of getting hit, it is because he is a Shotokan Karate Master, simple as that. To demand Machida works out of his martial art envelope is the same as demanding Fitch to keep the fight standing or to Anderson to wrestle with wrestlers.
You want Machida to engage? Make your offensive move effectvely, don't get tagged in your way in. Otherwise be prepared for being co-responsible for boring (yet technical) fight criticism.