Andy Hug, Semmy Schilt, and Lyoto Machida. Those are the men Jack Slack calls 'Karate's Holy Trinity', from most to least aggressive in style. As usual, Mr. Slack is more than worth reading and, as always, Mr. Slack has something to teach in his brief description of each Karateka. For me, Mr. Slack's article was the first time Andy Hug's career was brought to my mind. I've certainly heard of the Kyokushin karateka before, but he never stuck. Not this time:
A final thought, I don't know how many martial artists there are one could call a 'blessing' to watch, but for the second time in the week leading up to Machida's bout tonight with C.B. Dollaway that I've read someone calling it a blessing to be able to behold Machida in the cage. Speaks volumes for the mark has left on mixed martial arts for the decade or so he's been actively competing.