The great Kimura
They have a saying in Japan about Kimura.
None before, none after. His Judo and Jiu Jitsu
skills were that legendary. As most grapplers are
aware of the submission called the Kimura. It was
coined that by the Gracie family after Kimura popped
Helio Gracie’s arm with that now famous lock. Although
basically, undefeated as far as I can research in grappling
matches. He didn’t fare that well when it came to
Vale Tudo, which means anything goes in Portuguese.
He lost as many as he won.
He was an amateur striker and without the uniform
to grab he never quite assimilated.
Reminds me of a great MMA fight between Tim Kennedy
vs. Roger Gracie. Roger was by far the best of his
era submitting everyone using just the basics of
jiu jitsu. Nothing fancy just the basics performed
at a very high level. Which proves that you can
never practice the basics enough. That being said
they asked Tim how he felt going up against the
best in the world in jiu jitsu. His response was classic.
“Good thing we aren’t competing in a jiu jitsu match”
He then proceeded to knock Roger out.
I am not saying striking is superior, nor am I saying
grappling is superior. As I can bring up just as many
examples of grapplers schooling strikers without a
Why not practice both with equal fervor. We have
a mma class that addresses both grappling and striking
in the same class. Ger er done in 1. Hope to see you soon