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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON ON GRACIE VS. KIMURA, PROVING HELIO WOULD, IN FACT, ROLL.

We get the that you're really, really busy, grappler.  You have a lot going on.  First, there's the day-to-day BJJ drilling and sparring, but, on top of that, there's all that  Mendes-style "physical preparation" you're doing.  You're world class.

You got that Bulgarian bag-thing going, your shaking the crap out of big heavy ropes, swing'in 24 kg RKC kettlebells, busting out some burpees, wind sprinting, doing weird stuff with medicine balls and Bendo boards ... the list goes on.  Hopefully somewhere in your schedule you find time to either earn a living or properly mooch of your parents and/or girlfriend.  You might need to attend to "personal relationships" in between vertical jumps and wind sprints (just send a text).

Point being, you may have missed this insanely well-crafted docu-thing (which is sort of a cleverly disguised t-shirt ad) about the historic Helio Gracie v. Masahiko Kimura match in 1951.  This some good stuff.  Makes me wanna buy a t-shirt commemorating the whole thing ... 

15 comments:

  1. I wonder how different it wouldve been had helio not used those super squishy mats lol

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    1. hahahahahhaha i see what you did there.

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  3. It's like a little Judo guy challenging Roger, and Roger saying "Lol. Fight the #2 guy; he'll beat you just the same" ...and then the little Judoka chokes Marcelo Garcia unconscious, Roger then fights little Judoka and ends up winning via corner stoppage...

    Imagine how the grappling world would react. They'd be asking: "Who is this little Judoka?!?" Not "Lol, see? BJJ is better!"

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    1. nah cause back then everyone thought their specific style was the best. so no matter who won, they'd come up with the same bullshit conclusion. I mean to this day we are still seeing this. lol tma sucks compared to mma, lol no gi is better than gi.

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  4. Helio: In the beginning I carefully tried to find a breakthrough, but I was in his control as soon as we stood close to each other. I had no time to even hold or grapple him. What I barely could do was to avoid his perfect throw in such a way that I relaxed the strength of all my body and moved my position a little bit at the moment when Kimura tried to throw me and as a result Kimura lost his balance. I was taken into the ground, and I got choked at first. It was difficult to breathe. I felt it working enough so I was wondering if I should tap as I promised Carlos.

    Nishi: ?

    Helio: Well, this is what I've never told anybody before. It seems I went unconscious while I was thinking about what to do [give up or not].

    Naturally all the staff let alone Nishi were surprised to hear that, but what was more impressive than that was the shocked expression on Rorion's face.

    Helio: If Kimura had continued to choke me, I would have died for sure. But since I didn't give up, Kimura let go of the choke and went into the next technique. Being released from the choke and the pain from the next technique revived me and I continued to fight. Kimura went to his grave without ever knowing the fact that I was finished. If possible, I wish I could have talked about the fight with him and let him know about it.

    http://www.judoinfo.com/helio.htm

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  5. It says the interview took place in 1994, but then references Royce's Pride fight from 2000.....hummmm

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  6. You mean Rickson's Vale Tudo Japan fight from 1995. Royce vs. Sakuraba part was added later by the author/interviewer. It's so obvious Monsieur Clouseau.

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  7. he lasted 13 min's, no? a moral victory i suppose.

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    1. Interesting how the grandson attributes Kimura's ability to take Helio down to strength and never mentions technique....believe me althought Kimura was definately stronger, the reason he could take Helio down at will was mainly technique. A smaller judoka of equal strength to Helio would also have no problem throwing Helio...it is what judoka do! This seems to be common any time I hear a Gracie talk about an opponent...it is alway because they were much "stronger".

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    2. But Helio beat the other judokas; Kimura, a legend, had to come out of "retirement"!

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  8. I actually want that shirt...

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  9. You guys do know that video is biased right? He's not telling the whole story. Google Kimura's take on the fight.

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  10. Helio brought in a coffin and rolled it down to the mat before the fight saying that the coffin was for Kimura.

    Kimura proceeded to rag doll his ass around the mat for 13 minutes then break his arm off and hand it to him. Somehow the Gracies claim that as a 'victory'. And by the way, a 10 year old can easily see that Kimura did not outweigh Helio by 80 lbs. That is just some more Gracie nonsense that people seem to allow them to say as they re-write their own history.

    They have done enough awesome things, the lying is what makes people not respect them as much

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  11. By the way, the largest stadium in Brazil holds under 90,000 people. In this video he claims that 200,000 people watched the match, lol.

    Gotta love the Gracies and their imaginations.

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