If you name a fighter who can represent contemporary Asian MMA, the first name mentioned is none other than Shinya Aoki.
Born in a country with the most developed modern martial arts in Asia – Japan, Shinya Aoki is like many other students in this country starting with the traditional Judo martial arts. Excited about the Japanese martial arts and successively winning student tournaments, but Shinya Aoki had another passion that would later make him famous around the world – the lock-on techniques.
Understanding the science, beauty, and effectiveness of locking techniques, Shinya Aoki continues to master his studies in many different martial arts and gradually attains mastery in Shoot Wrestling and Brazilian Jutsu. .
Recognizing the stage so that he could show all his skills, Shinya Aoki quickly joined the booming MMA wave in Japan in the 2000s. DEEP, Shooto, Pride to DREAM – few would expect that the puncher born in 1983 went through more than 40 MMA matches when he just turned 30. At one point, Shinya Aoki had even completed 7 matches. in just 1 year 2008, a high frequency of competition in the early part of his career.
To explain this question about Shinya Aoki’s high competitiveness, there is probably only one appropriate answer: it is Shinya Aoki’s ultimate lock-on skill.
He may be slim, not too superior and even inferior to his competitors in terms of muscle strength, but in return, training experience in many different tightening disciplines with top lockers in Japanese MMA village such as Imanari, Yuki Nakai helped Shinya Aoki have the ability to survive perfectly against opponents who had such a fierce fighting style at that time.
To talk about Shinya Aoki’s lock-in career in the MMA village, perhaps 28 out of 43 wins with key attacks is not enough. Not only does it have the number of times to finish off opponents with martial arts skills, but Shinya Aoki performs them in a variety of ways – especially rare locking moves like Gogoplata, which Aoki is the first. successfully used on the professional MMA floor.
Clinging, knocking, controlling and ending the opponent, the ability to lock up has made Shinya Aoki a representative name for the Asian MMA village as well as the role model of a “small but martial” martial artist. MMA. And that is also the explanation for the nickname “Tobikan Judan” – “The master lock in the air”.
Continuing to contribute to the world MMA village, Shinya Aoki joined the ONE Championship when the tournament just started. Here, Aoki continues to show his ultimate skill against punches from all over the world such as Kotetsu Boku, Arnaud Lepont, the young talents of the tournament such as Shannon Wiratchai, Ev Ting or the elders Eduard Folayang. At least one fall from Aoki’s key word skill.
As a representative of the Asian MMA village, once wearing the prestigious ONE Lightweight Championship title twice, Shinya Aoki is still an undeniable force in the world’s number one martial arts tournament.