63 years ago today on October 23, 1951, Helio Gracie faced Masahiko Kimura who outweighed him by nearly 80 lbs. The match took place in the Maracanã Stadium at Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. It was the first time that a jiu-jitsu world championship match would be held outside of Japan. Kimura was so confident of victory that he declared that if Helio could last for more than 3 minutes, he should be declared the winner. After 13 minutes, Kimura caught Helio in the shoulder lock that, today, bears Kimura's name. Helio wouldn't tap, so Carlos Gracie threw in the towel forfeiting the match to the Japanese giant. His loss to Kimura was consider one of the greatest victories of Helio Gracie's career.
Enjoy this historic match!
In case you missed my previous entries on GM Helio:
- THE WISDOM OF ... Helio Gracie
- Parabéns Grandmaster Helio Gracie!! (He would've been 101!)
- BIRTHDAY: Today would've been Helio Gracie's 100th birthday!
- Happy Birthday Grandmaster Helio Gracie
- IN MEMORY OF: Helio Gracie
- BIO: Hélio Gracie (October 1, 1913 - January 28, 2009)
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