Roots of Fight: Helio vs. Kimura

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The Roots Of Fight™ pays tribute to the rich history and tradition of martial arts from regions around the globe and connects the history and images of iconic fighters like Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee with the contemporary global scale of Mixed Martial Arts.

Everyone loves a good story. Everyone loves a good fight. Together they are the Roots Of Fight™.

This film pays tribute to the epic grappling match between Gracie family patriarch Helio Gracie and the greatest judoka of all time, Masahiko Kimura on October 23rd 1951.

Kimura used his significant weight advantage to repeatedly throw the smaller Gracie, but could not finish him. In the thirteenth minute of the match, Kimura secured an ude garami shoulder lock. Gracie refused to submit but his corner, realizing the only possible outcome, threw in the towel and forfeited the match. Today, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the ude garami is known as the Kimura.

"He knew he was going to lose in front of his whole country, but he still engaged," says Rener Gracie. "And that's the definition of a warrior. That's the definition of a fighter. That's the definition of a modern-day samurai."

Roots of Fight commemorates Gracie vs. Kimura through the release of a short documentary with the story of the historic match recounted by Helio's grandson, Rener Gracie and footage of the match itself.

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Vancouver BJJ site profile image  

6/19/12 7:43 PM by Vancouver BJJ

Most certainly was not

georgejonesjr site profile image  

6/19/12 6:19 PM by georgejonesjr

Well the Gracie's exaggerate the weight difference - Kimura weighed about 180 (generally fought at 175 in Japan), Helio about 140, so the difference in weight was probably 40 pounds. The Gracies claim 40 kilo's (ie 88 pounds) difference, but that's clearly nonsense.But 40 pounds is still a significant weight advantage. On the other hand, if Helio really had invented leverage in grappling, that 40 pounds wouldn't have meant anything - so apparently Kimura knew something about leverage as well.The Gracies overstate their case a lot, but there's an element of truth in it.

Underground Store site profile image  

6/19/12 2:40 PM by Underground Store


Renzo's Elbow site profile image  

6/17/12 8:34 PM by Renzo's Elbow

I don't see why it's so amazing and mysterious that you don't know what modifications Helio made. You can look on you tube at any two BJJ clips and see the same move done different. If these modern Blkblts can change a detail why is it so unbelievable that Helio did.Absoultly any move can be different. Grabbing your toe in triangle VS grabbing your shin. Helio could have made small changes like that.

Moke site profile image  

6/17/12 7:22 PM by Moke

I mean sure, Helio never had a chance against the great Kimura, but you gotta admit, Kimura was probably pretty surprised and embarrassed when his underling Kato got choked unconscious in Helio's guard inside a boxing ring in front of thousands of people.

FatBuddha site profile image  

6/17/12 2:49 AM by FatBuddha

some good points above. Having Helio AND Mifune as teachers - that would be quite the combination.

Salokcin69 site profile image  

6/17/12 1:50 AM by Salokcin69


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6/17/12 12:40 AM by Underground Store

  Helio vs Kimura and Academia Gracie tees and more back in The Underground Store.

Moke site profile image  

6/16/12 4:26 PM by Moke

I don't think any serious "modification" is necessary and it all may be an exaggeration or a subtlety missed in translation. Because you can use 100% of the same techniques but train them in a different manner. Someone mentioned Kyuzo Mifune...I don't think anyone can deny that he and Kimura had completely different approaches to judo that focused on it's aspects in completely different ways. I think Helio focused on the softer more efficient aspects of jiu jitsu as opposed to the more physical brute force aspects. Yet all the techniques are the "same". I just think Helio was kinda like the Mifune of jiu jitsu. Mifune was never goning to blast right through you or overwhelm you with his power, but he certainly was going to counter you and catch you no matter what you came at him with and no matter how strong you were. Similarly, Helio's side never emphasized power, but instead focused a lot on use of the guard etc. 

12 site profile image  

6/16/12 3:15 PM by 12

no matter whats said,judo came from jiu jitsu. big deal ,the guy came up with a new name for his jiu jitsu so he could sell it easier.