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GSP’s karate kata silliness

At yesterday’s UFC 129 open workouts, welterweight charmer Georges St. Pierre decided to have a little fun. He wore a gi, performed a karate kata and then demonstrated some basic self-defense techniques on his disguised trainer, Firas Zahabi. It might’ve worked for some people but it came off a bit goofy, if you ask me.

I understand and respect the traditions of classical martial arts – I trained for years in aikido and a couple other classics before arriving at Muay Thai, Boxing and jiu-jitsu – and I know GSP is a true mixed martial artiste. But katas just come across as silly, especially when performed by one of the best adjust-on-the-fly MMA fighters in the world. The routine makes him seem like such a stiff.

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