Georges St-Pierre Karate JapanWhile in Tokyo, Japan for this Saturday’s UFC 144 super-card, martial arts aficionado Georges St-Pierre took the opportunity to train in the birthplace of hand-to-hand combat.

The reigning UFC welterweight champion, who has always considered himself a martial artist first and foremost, takes instruction on how to use a katana (traditional Japanese curved sword) from children from the Kawai Kindergarden School in Tokyo.

‘GSP’ – who has mastered so many martial arts and added them to his Octagon skillset – was taken to school by the kids when it came to Kenjutsu.

“In school in Canada, we play hockey,” said St-Pierre. “I always wanted to be a Samurai when I was a kid, but those kids hit me pretty hard.”

St-Pierre fared much better when he visited the Kyokushin Karate school. The champ took an appreciative class through a series of katas (Japanese for ‘form’, practicing individual techniques) and was clearly very excited to be at the birthplace of the ancient martial art.

“Karate was the first martial art I was every taught,” he said. “It is an honor to be here where it started. For me, karate will always be a very important part of me. It is not just a fighting style, it is a way of life.”

GSP, along with UFC President Dana White also exchanged gifts with Saitama City Mayor Hayato Shimizu during a visit to Saitama City Hall.

(Courtesy of UFC.com)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Georges St-Pierre on PEDs and a potential octagon return

  • 25 days ago
  • 295 views

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre talks about PEDs and ends all speculation about him making a return to MMA in 2015. Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre has always been vocal abou read news >>

GSP happy about UFC testing announcement: 'Clearly a big step in the right direction'

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 views

Former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has weighed in with his thoughts on the UFC newly announced increased drug testing program, and it sounds like the former champ is in favor. On Wednesda read news >>

Rashad Evans out for another 6-7 months after second ACL surgery

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans underwent a second knee surgery in January and will be sidelined for another 6 to 7 months. Remember when that UFC Fight Night 61 main event between read news >>

White hasn't spoken to ex-champ Georges St-Pierre after new drug-testing plans

  • 4 days ago
  • 24 views

When longtime UFC champion Georges St-Pierre decided to take a break from MMA, he cited a performance-enhancing drug problem and the UFC’s inadequate drug testing as two of his primary reasons.Filed read news >>

Georges St-Pierre 'surprised' by Anderson Silva's failed UFC 183 test, hopes 'more stringent' testing is on horizon

  • 26 days ago
  • 105 views

The initial response across the mixed martial arts (MMA) community when it was revealed that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva had failed a pre-fight dr read news >>

Video: Benson Henderson Says Move to 170 Pounds Isn't Permanent | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is moving up to 170 pounds to face Brandon Thatch, but don't expect him to remain at welterweight for the long haul. read news >>

Full Fight Flashback Video: Benson Henderson Submits Rustam Khabilov | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 24 views

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson got his first finish inside the Octagon against Rustam Khabilov at Fight Night Albuquerque in June, 2014. read news >>

Georges St-Pierre: Anderson Silva had 'biological weapon', it's cheating

  • 25 days ago
  • 28 views

Former UFC champ Georges St-Pierre says Anderson Silva shouldn't have been allowed to compete with a 'biological weapon'. Georges St-Pierre spoke more about Anderson Silva's recent drug test failure, read news >>

KO of the Week Video: Brandon Thatch KO's Justin Edwards at UFC Fight Night 27 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 11 views

Rising welterweight star Brandon "Rukus" Thatch landed a flurry of punches to Justin Edwards, earning himself a knockout victory in his UFC debut. read news >>