The History of Machida Karate
WHAT IS MACHIDA KARATE?
Machida Karate is a dynamic and effective method of training that is practical for self-defense. Easy to learn for all ages, it is applicable in realistic situations and improves your fitness level by developing well-rounded combative and fighting skills.
Over the last several decades, karate has lost its core effectiveness as a method of street self-defense due to the emphasis most schools place on point-based sportive tournaments. Machida Karate is committed to preserving the integrity of the art by teaching the techniques and philosophies that ensure karate’s effectiveness where it matters most.
Machida Karate is a very traditional form of karate that was adapted by Master Machida and his sons to be effective in real street self-defense situations as well as MMA competitions. It utilizes traditional techniques such as punches, knees, kicks and elbows, but also incorporates takedowns and submissions.
SHOTOKAN KARATE SENSEI
Yoshizo Machida is a Japanese 8th Dan Shotokan Karate sensei, who was born in Ibaraki, January 29, 1946. He started his karate training with sanseis Togushi, Soichi Yamamoto, Masahiko, Tanaka, Takahashi, Nakayama, and Nishiyama.
By the age of 23, Sensei Machida had many qualified students that helped him grow through teaching. Sensei Machida migrated to Brazil in 1968. Het met his wife soon after and decided to stay in Brazil permanently to share the art he loved.
To this day, Sensei Machida trains karate every day because he loves it! He believes karate prepares the practitioner to navigate everyday challenges and overcome self-imposed limitations utilizing “spirit force.”
As the former Brazilian National Team coach, Sensei Machida is currently the president of honor of JKA Brazil Association and holds the rank of 8th Dan black belt by International Traditional Karate Association.