Mar 26, 2008

Royce Gracie vs. Akebono K-1 (2004)

Hey, a Royce fight of this decade that wasn't too embarrassing for the aging Gracie-

The reason I put this fight up is for two reasons:

1) How he manged to get the fight on the ground without a takedown.

When a guy is big, when he overcommits to a strike, it doesn't take much to make him fall. Notice at 1:13 how Royce uses his signature "I look like I have cerebral palsy" leg kick combined with dropping down and back to make the grossly overweight Akebono drop like a mishandled stack of cinder blocks into his guard (just tossing this in, but good use of the knee to block the punch near the end). You don't see non-low tolerance throws and takedowns all that often anymore, but so many people forget one of the major points of a throw during execution: unbalance your opponent, then help him fall. Granted, this was an extreme example, but it'll do just fine to illustrate my point.

2) The Omoplata Wristlock

A less complicated manuever than the "Omoplatarmbar" I featured a little while back, it shows that wristlocks aren't completely useless, but they still require multiple points of control. He had that Omoplata control position, the stalling point before you go for the omoplata, because in no-gi fighting, you need to be sure before attempting a high-risk manuever like it, and he used it to go for a writlock/kimura hybrid instead, as Akebono had his posture completely broken down, and with his size, there wasn't much chance that he was going to sit up and stop the submission. (I call it a hybrid because it seems to attack the wrist and use the shoulder.

I believe Royce was 6'1", 180lb and Akebono was 6'8", 486 lbs for this fight. Props to the Royce for taking this fight, because I sure as hell wouldn't want to pull guard on that monstrocity.



Pelayo said...
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Pelayo said...

basic chin na: if you control the wrist its much easier to control the arm and the opponent. I think its hurting in wrist and shoulder/omoplat.

Punch Kick Choke said...

But therein lies the basic problem with most chin na and aikido techniques: since you're starting the control chain at the wrist, while you can apply tremendous amount of force to the arm you're attacking, it's really easy to break the grip, breaking the entire control structure down.

And yes- I think he tapped from getting his shoulder locked in and his wrist getting torqued to all hell.

Thank you for the comment.

Pelayo said...

I think that in case of needing to make lever grabing wrist its postive if you have the habit of grabing with the right hand position and in the right place, and of course to flow and make an intelligent sorpresive move in the precise moment, If you put your hand in the right position its even harder to scape: not in a round shape (couse that way its easier for him to twist the arm to put the shoulder back to a strong posture) but in a flat shape that adapts to the rectangle shape of the wrist (its not cylinder).

I see chin na not as a martial art itself, dont forget that wrestling is also a chinese martial art, we have to learn from every single input about martial arts.

I also want to say that chin na techniques must be applied after a strike atack, to:

1- Distract others attention from the objetive.

2- Make some pain to "relax him" 1ms.

3- To gain the distance needed to enter his guard... Well, thats for stand technique.

Training I realise that this kind of grabs are very useful on the ground, of course not the only thing you can do, but it can make the difference.

From the position of gracie and with that grab, he coulde easyly win the fight just with the wrist lock, twisting the hand towards shoulder and pulling down you can break wrist as a branch of a tree.

I think the problem you say is true, and maybe the real solution is to learn how to use the wrist bend, and the real effect, and to suffer it a little to learn the true yourself.

Hey, Im suscribed to your blog, thank you for the work.

Pelayo said...

I forgot a detail, if you are a fighter you must have a strong as iron forearm... I personally love some isometrics of various chinese kung fu styles.