I came upon this link.
Shows Machida in an open workout doing some kata. Got me thinking about kata, traditional martial arts, and UFC. Do you guys think this just a "publicity stunt" to show his traditional roots and to set him apart from other UFC fighters or does he actually get concerete tangible benefits from kata training that carry over to his fighting in the cage. I have read him say it helps with his breathing and focus which is great but these are surely side products of kata training. Its personally hard for me to believe that a lot of time spent on kata training in this sense would get any sort of favorable results in the cage. Just like Iain has previously said, it's the sparring, groundwork, wrestling, mit work, etc that he does that help him be so successful. Thoughts?