Our latest short film tribute and clothing collection pays homage to the Gracie family and the role Gracie Jiu-Jitsu played in shaping the sport of mixed martial arts history.
The distinguished contributors speaking in the film illustrates how the reputation of the legendary clan of Brazilian ground fighters stretched far beyond the boundaries of mixed martial arts and into the mainstream. MMA cognoscenti such as Urijah Faber, Ed Soares, and Eddie Bravo share their thoughts on the Gracie family alongside sports and pop culture luminaries “Iron” Mike Tyson and multi-platinum recording artist Snoop Dogg.
“Rorion Gracie created the UFC to prove that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was the most efficient form of martial art in the world,” says Soares, the owner of Black House, “And that point was proven, anybody who trains mixed martial arts, trains Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.”
“The Gracie’s are not as big as they should be, they had an art that was so outrageous, and it showed that size didn’t matter, says Tyson,” “The fighting world has the utmost respect for the Gracie clan.”
In addition to the short tribute film, Roots of Fight has produced a limited capsule collection of apparel available now in the shop.
This film pays tribute to the epic grappling match between Gracie family patriarch and father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Helio Gracie and legendary Japanese judoka Masahiko Kimura on October 23rd 1951.
Prior to the match, Kimura, considered at the time to be the greatest judoka in the world, boasted that he would “finish the fight with the first grip.” Kimura used his significant weight advantage to repeatedly throw the smaller Gracie, but could not finish him. In the thirteenth minute of the match, Kimura secured an ude garami shoulder lock. Gracie refused to submit but his corner, realizing the only possible outcome, threw in the towel and forfeited the match. Today, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the ude garami is simply known as the Kimura.
“He knew he was going to lose in front of his whole country, but he still engaged,” says Rener Gracie. “And that’s the definition of a warrior. That’s the definition of a fighter. That’s the definition of a modern-day samurai.”
Roots of Fight commemorates Gracie vs. Kimura through the release of a short documentary with the story of the historic match recounted by Helio’s grandson, Rener Gracie and footage of the match itself.
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