Rickson Gracie: Choke
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The video captures the preparation for, and competition in Vale Tudo Japan 1995, a mixed martial arts competition where almost anything goes. ("Vale Tudo" is Portuguese for "Anything Goes", but the rules are not quite that extreme.)
The video takes an in depth look at 3 of the participants.
1 - Todd Hays is an all around gifted athlete, with a background in kickboxing. His mixture and fear are apparent as he attempts to use this event to pay for his Olympic bobsleading dreams.
2 - Koichiro Kimura is a Japanese amateur shootfighting champion, who wants nothing more than to test himself against the best. You get to meet his parents, who are affraid he'll die in the ring.
3 - Rickson Gracie is the defending champion, as well as the best of the famous Gracie family. It's no suprise that he gets the lion's share of the publicity.
In addition to the gritty reality of the fighting, you're introduced to some humorous back scene footage: Rickson's desire for a belt in addition to a trophy brings some chuckles, as does his last minute desire to hit the restroom. A near blind Yuki Nakai is both valiant and funny when he screams, "Rickson, I'm coming for you!"
If you're looking for a technique video, this is not it. If you're looking for 2 hours of fighting from the best guys out there today, again this is not the video. If you're looking to understand the mind of the fighter, in the context of the ring, this is the only DVD out there. I was rivited from start to finish.
This video also shows 2002 Olympic Bobsled Silver Medalist Todd Hayes as he competes in the tournament to fund his Bobsledding dream. Along with Japanese fighter Koichiro Kimura who is fighting the tournament with the hopes of meeting the legendary Rickson Gracie. You will get to see what these men go through before, during, and after the tournament. I give the movie 5 Stars....
Rickson's presence at the tournament was important as the Brazilians had developed single combat to a fine art. The Gracies were (and are) the epitome of development of the style and Rickson was the family champion.
The outcome of the tournament is not hard to predict. What is useful to see, here, is the training for the tournament. The training his hard but precise and the story shows that Gracie is a family man and all-round good guy outside the ring.
Rickson is analytical and understands that what he does isn't violence as his intent is to win in competition, not necessarily to injure his opponent. That is the take home lesson of competitive martial arts.
This is a must see.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The case was a little worn but the dvd was perfect. Came several days before the delivery date.Published 17 months ago by Davin
So glad I got to watch this. Rickson is a genius & indeed a legend. Hearing & reading about the lost of his son Rickson was also so moving. Read morePublished 24 months ago by PapaSan
RG is a bit of a mystery, and some asked why he didn't compete in the first UFC instead of Royce, could have been many reasons. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by MOPOPSHOP
After Bruce Lee, this is the 1st person that everyone in the martial arts world has said is the best of the best, that no one can beat. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by rey
apply the choke!
lots of great fights, great training sequence including the famous articulated abs, cameo appearances. Read more