Er is onlangs een documentaire gemaakt over Hélio Gracie. Gracie, geboren in Belém op 1 oktober 1913, was de grondlegger van het Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in de volksmond ook wel Braziliaans Jiu-Jitsu. Gracie stierf op 95-jarige leeftijd op 29 januari 2009.


Zijn zoon Rorion Gracie is de oprichter van de UFC. Zijn andere zoon Royce Gracie wist als eerste de UFC belt te winnen. In de finale won hij op submission van de Nederlander Gerard Gordeau.

Hélio Gracie vs Masahiko Kimura

In 1951 versloeg de beroemde judoka Masahiko Kimura Gracie op submission. Tijdens de wedstrijd gebruikte Kimura de reverse ude garami. Gracie weigerde om zich gewonnen te geven, hierop greep Carlos Gracie in. Als eerbetoon aan de Japanner kreeg de reverse ude garami de naam ‘Kimura lock’.

Masahiko Kimura beschreef het evenement als volgt:

“20,000 people came to see the bout including President of Brazil. Helio was 180 cm and 80 kg. When I entered the stadium, I found a coffin. I asked what it was. I was told, “This is for Kimura. Helio brought this in.” It was so funny that I almost burst into laughter. As I approached the ring, raw eggs were thrown at me. The gong rang. Helio grabbed me in both lapels, and attacked me with O-soto-gari and Ko-uchi-gari. But they did not move me at all. Now it’s my turn. I blew him away up in the air by O-uchi-gari, Harai-goshi, Uchimata, Ippon-seoi-nage. At about 10 minute mark, I threw him by O-soto-gari. I intended to cause a concussion. But since the mat was so soft that it did not have much impact on him. While continuing to throw him, I was thinking of a finishing method. I threw him by O-soto-gari again. As soon as Helio fell, I pinned him by Kuzure-kami-shiho-gatame. I held still for 2 or 3 minutes, and then tried to smother him by belly. Helio shook his head trying to breathe. He could not take it any longer, and tried to push up my body extending his left arm. That moment, I grabbed his left wrist with my right hand, and twisted up his arm. I applied Ude-garami. I thought he would surrender immediately. But Helio would not tap the mat. I had no choice but keep on twisting the arm. The stadium became quiet. The bone of his arm was coming close to the breaking point. Finally, the sound of bone breaking echoed throughout the stadium. Helio still did not surrender. His left arm was already powerless. Under this rule, I had no choice but twist the arm again. There was plenty of time left. I twisted the left arm again. Another bone was broken. Helio still did not tap. When I tried to twist the arm once more, a white towel was thrown in. I won by TKO. My hand was raised high. Japanese Brazilians rushed into the ring and tossed me up in the air. On the other hand, Helio let his left arm hang and looked very sad withstanding the pain.”