Feb 26, 2008

Very Old Footage: Gracies vs. Karate


Carlos, Relson, Rorion, and Rolls Gracie, along with 2 of their students, take on all comers in this old-school footage from 1975 of fights against the Karate masters of South America.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-SltgKQHDU

Fun video. I'm not sure, but it might be narrated by Rorion.

That footage reminds me of what my last 2 'challenge' sparring sessions looked like. Clinch, takedown to side mount scramble, mount, submission. Hooray for the majority of people who still like to ignore groundfighting! :)

2 comments:

KarateFighter said...

KarateFighter {"KF") on "...Gracies vs. Karate"

KF, as one might expect, has a different take on this video of the proposed superiority of grappling over striking arts.

KF's karate style has grappling, but is light on emphasis. Mostly self-defense escapes / throws--zero ground fighting.

Certainly the lesson no one can argue with is that you don't want to end up on the receiving end of Ground & Pound! We've all seen the results of that in MMA.

However, the proposition that a grappler can 'close-the-distance' unscathed on a bona-fide karate fighter is a myth.

KF's traditional style, Tang Soo Do (TSD), does not speak in the distancing /timing terms used here. The success lies in that we are taught to position & strike the target.

Rushing in on a capable TSD stylist exposes several vulnerable targets. In any TSD free-sparring match, Grapplers moving within range, unlike their experience here against these 'karate fighters,' can count on getting whacked good, likely more than once.

Rushing in on a capable, traditional karate fighter is pretty much suicide. You don't always die from the 1st attempt, but KF wouldn't advise to keep trying it.

KarateFighter

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