Fresh off a dominant debut win, former UFC Fighter and LFA Champion Bruno Souza is looking to fast track his way to a title shot by taking on former Karate Combat Lightweight Champion Edgars Skrivers in his Sophomore appearance in the Pit. With a win over Souza, on the other hand, Edgars Skrivers will likely be calling for a trilogy match with Lightweight Champion Luiz Rocha.
It’s Machida Karate vs Skrivers Karate-Do at Karate Combat 36, live from the backlot of Universal Studios Florida on Saturday, October 29th in Orlando, Florida. Click here to purchase tickets, now.
Bruno Souza lands a high flying knee against Maciej Tercjak in his debut
Bruno Souza is a true protegee of Machida Karate. He first trained in Shotokan Karate under the Machida Patriarch Yoshizo Machida before transitioning to MMA with the help of Lyoto Machida and Chinzo Machida. He now teaches at the Machida Karate Academy in California, though he visits Florida often to train with his mentor, League Sensei Lyoto Machida who has relocated there.
While a Protégé of Machida Karate, this does not mean he fights exactly like Lyoto Machida. Bruno is more aggressive (very fitting for Karate Combat) and has a much more varied repertoire of techniques. You will see Bruno utilizing Tobi Hiza Geri (Flying Knees) or even a handstand kick. But the most notable strike he used in his debut is the Traditional Okinawan style of Mawashi Geri (Roundhouse Kick). This kick strikes with the ball of the foot instead of the instep or shin. It results in a much more penetrative strike and a more difficult kick to defend.
Former LW Champion Edgars Skrivers lands a rolling thunder technique on Bruno Assis
Once Edgars Skrivers is close to you, he stays there testing your will power. He is among the most creative strikers in the Pit, utilizing fantastic kicks like Do Mawashi Kaiten Geri (Rolling Thunder Kick) and completely innovative strikes off the Pit Walls. He can be effective at any range.
Like his opponent, Edgars Skrivers also began his training in Shotokan Karate, training in the art since the age of 6 years old. He won many titles in Sport Karate before transitioning to MMA. Thereafter, he cross trained in many different martial arts like Muay Thai and boxing, but held onto his traditional Shotokan blitz style.
In Karate Combat, Skrivers adopted a high guard and an aggressive style more similar to a traditional Kyokushin Fighter than a long-range blitz fighter. But Skrivers still utilizes the blitz to close the distance, sometimes after evading a strike.
Skrivers has started teaching this unique fighting style he demonstrates in the Pit. He calls his system Skrivers Karate-Do.
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Both of these fantastic strikers will come to blows soon in a bout of high-paced and high-level Karate action. So be sure to get your Tickets now because you don’t want to miss this!