While in Tokyo, Japan for UFC 144's super-card, martial arts aficionado Georges St-Pierre took the opportunity to train in the birthplace of hand-to-hand combat, this per a UFC press release.
The reigning UFC welterweight champion, learned how to use a katana (traditional Japanese curved sword) from children from the Kawai Kindergarden School in Tokyo.
St. Pierre, who has mastered various disciplines of martial arts in order to add them to his Octagon artillery, was schooled by the kids when it came to Kenjutsu.
In school in Canada, we play hockey, said St-Pierre, but we already know GSP isn't a fan of his national pastime and he further explained, I always wanted to be a Samurai when I was a kid, but those kids hit me pretty hard.
GSP also visited the Kyokushin Karate school, where they took it a little easier on him. The champ took an appreciative class through a series of katas (Japanese for form, practicing individual techniques) and was moved by the experience saying, Karate was the first martial art I was every taught. 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 City Hall.