Mar 1, 2008

Rickson Gracie Vs Masakatsu Funaki (Colosseum 2000)

I stumbled on this classic Rickson Gracie fight, and decided that it was worth posting. Not because it was an awesome fight, or because "Rickson is the best ever." No, because I wanted to point out how much the game has changed since then. This was one of the biggest selling fightcards ever, with more than 40 million viewers between Japan and Brazil- it was Rickson, well, the most dominant Gracie family member, and Funaki, the founder of Pancrase.

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Honestly, up until about the 17:00 mark, it's nothing but clinching in a corner. (That's right, until the 17 minute mark [First 9 minutes are introductions]) But come on now- this is exactly why learning how to wrestle/throw people is so freaking important.

Rickson had double underhooks, and yet, he couldn't take Funaki down. No, it's not because Funaki is some kind of anti-takedown god. It's just that Rickson couldn't capitalize on the openings, and didn't actively try to create any. It wasn't until Funaki's Guillotine attempt that Rickson managed to get to the ground... just to let Funaki back up and beat the ever-loving crap out of his legs.

Finally, Rickson decides to get up, and capitalizes on a shoot-screw up on Funaki's part to land in side control, then mount. Uses that classic frame to create space and throw punches. Funaki tries to roll out, and of course, Rear Naked Choke. Gracie wins.

Sure, he won. But that's hardly dominant. I guess I'm always a little more critical of people who claim a 400-0 record. Not that Rickson isn't a god among submission artists, it's just that everyone seems to think that he's some kind of unstoppable machine, and that just rubs me the wrong way. Anyway, if you're going to watch the video, just skip the first 15 or so minutes if you don't want to be bored out of your mind.



Art Tip said...

Painting Tip

Try not to divide any element in your artwork in half. This especially includes the temperature of the painting.

What I mean is - it shouldn't be half warm and half cool. Warm colors are like fire - red, orange, yellow and brown. Cool colors are like water and grass - blue and green.

If your painting is mostly warm, add a little cool for contrast. If it's mostly cool, add a little warm to spice it up.

Punch Kick Choke said...

I'm really trying to figure out how color contrast in paintings is connected to a japanese guy getting choked by a brazilian guy in a big ring, but I'm sure you had your reasons for posting your comment.

Thanks for adding so much value to my blog.