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This exquisite piece of work is far more professional than any of the American pro wrestling mega-event videos produced recently. The often-gory fights are well handled and only play a small role; this video is not solely about fighting. Done in documentary style, "Choke" takes an introspective look at the men--their goals, their dreams, and their families--who become the ultimate fighting machines in the ring at the 1995 Vale Tudo World Fighting Championship in Tokyo. \n Delving into the life of the undefeated and undisputed world freestyle fighting champion, Rickson Gracie, a 30-year-old jujitsu expert from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this video displays a side that you rarely see in sports: the articulate, intelligent family man who turns his training into the art of movement and athleticism--not violence. It also explores the world of two men expected to offer a serious challenge to Gracie: American heavyweight kickboxer Todd "Hollywood" Hays and Japanese shootfighting heavyweight champion Koichiro Kimura. These two men provide some of the more uplifting moments in the documentary. Hays, who is also a member of the U.S. Olympic bobsled team, explains how he will use his performance money to fund his dream of buying a bobsled that will allow him to be a driver in the 1998 Winter Games. Kimura completes his training but then has to ask the permission of his elderly parents to compete. The big man bluffs his way through with a warm smile and a respectful manner.\n "Choke" is an insightful look at a full-contact, controversial sport. The only warning it should carry is that some of the scenes are graphically violent and some of the language is X-rated. "--Gordie Sholtys"

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rickson Gracie, Burton Richardson
  • Directors: Robert Raphael Goodman
  • Writers: Larry Golin
  • Producers: Robert Raphael Goodman, Allan Wachs, Larry Golin, Larry Perel
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305870748
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rickson Gracie: Choke" on IMDb

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By therosen VINE VOICE on November 30, 2003
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Rickson Gracie "Choke" is more than just a fight video - it captures the anxiety, preparation, and visceral intensity behind the competitors as they prepare for competition. View at the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a much deeper background.
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.
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This is by far one of the best videos I have ever seen on the topic of Mixed Martial Arts. If your looking for a behind the scenes look at the Gracie Family and overall Vale Tudo then this is the movie to buy. You will get to see Rickson fight in the Japan Vale Tudo Tournament '95, practicing his technique with legendary Grandmaster of the Gracie Family Helio Gracie, clips from his last fight in Rio against Zulu, and much more.
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....
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Definitely a must movie to have in your library. Sure, Rickson challenges relatively unknown opponents; however, the movie is not so much about the other fighters as it is about Rickson, his family and his training/personal lifestyle. Certainly an enjoyable film and interesting from the public's point of view and runs about 90+ minutes. If you can spare the $..., then go ahead and purchase this DVD.
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This movie has become a classic in the mixed martial arts. It covers Rickson Gracie's training for for the Vale Tudo Japan tournament of 1995. This tournament paved the way for tounaments such as Pride in Japan, just as the UFC improved the sport's popularity in the US.

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.
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This is a must have for any true old school MMA fan. I had this on VHS back in the day and some how it got borrowed and never returned. This an amazing documentary and i will never let anyone borrow it ever again!
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This is an excellent documentary. Rickson Gracie is the best fighter that's ever lived, and the video chronicles his mental and physical preparation leading up to Japan's Vale Tudo 1995. It also follows two other fighters' journeys to the same event, which gives some interesting contrast and perspective.
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CHOKE is a great introduction to Rickson Gracie & the Gracie Family along with the early history of Japanese MMA via the Japan Vale Tudo 1994 Tournament which was a forerunner of Bellator, K-1, King Of The Cage, Pride, and of course the UFC. You want to see how Brazilian Jiujitsu at its finest by one of its greatest practitioners RICKSON GRACIE then get this documentary!!
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By A Customer on March 5, 2002
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while this doesn't have many fight scenes and is kind of a light documentary, it maybe gives rickson gracie's perspective on what jujitsu is and his approach & philosophy. i study gracie jujitsu and find i agree with his reason why i enjoy the art. its very interesting to see some of the behind the scenes behind a big competition! its interesting to see a little of a gracie family member's family life. its interesting to see some background on some of the fighers he's met at the tudo/vale. i really enjoyed it.
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