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Encyclopedia > Masahiko Kimura
Masahiko Kimura
Career Snapshot
Born September 10, 1917
Died April 18, 1993 (age 75)
Total Fights Unknown
Won Unknown
Lost 4
Drew Unknown
Tournaments Won
  • All-Japan Collegiate Championships (1935)
  • 7th All Japan Judo Championship (1937)
  • 8th All Japan Judo Championship (1938)
  • 9th All Japan Judo Championship (1939)
  • Ten-Ran Shiai tournament (1940)
  • 1947 West Japan Judo Championship
  • 1949 All Japan Judo Championship

Masahiko Kimura (木村 政彦 Kimura Masahiko?, September 10, 1917April 18, 1993) was a Japanese judoka (Judo practitioner) who is widely considered one of the greatest judoka of all time.[1][2][3] Kimura (5 ft 7 in 170cm; 85 kg, 187 lb) was born on September 10, 1917 in Kumamoto, Japan. Image File history File links Kimura. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... Year 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Masahiko Kimura is a Japanese music composer and pianist working for Konami. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... Year 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Judo (Japanese: 柔道 Jūdō) is a martial art, a sport and a philosophy which originated in Japan. ... Judo ), meaning gentle way, is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budō) and combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century. ... This is a list of famous and well-known judo practitioners (judoka) sorted by area of primary residence. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... Year 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Categories: Cities in Kumamoto Prefecture | Japan geography stubs ...

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Biography

At age 16, after 6 years of judo, Kimura was promoted to 4th dan. He had defeated 6 opponents (who were all 3rd and 4th dan) in a row. In 1935 at age 18 he became the youngest ever godan (5th degree black belt) when he defeated 8 consecutive opponents at Kodokan (headquarters for the main governing body of Judo). He reportedly lost only 4 Judo matches in his lifetime. Kimura's remarkable success can in part be attributed to his fanatical training regimen -- at the height of his career, this involved a thousand push-ups and nine hours' practice each day. Kimura's training regimen also involved significant weight training and resistance training in which he would push and pull on trees. The Kodokan Institute is the headquarters of the Judo World. ...


Kimura vs. Hélio Gracie

Kimura vs Gracie, the "Kimura lock"
Kimura vs Gracie, the "Kimura lock"

In 1955, Kimura, at 38 years old, participated in a match in which he defeated Hélio Gracie of the famous Gracie Jiu Jitsu family in a submission judo match held in Brazil. During the fight, Kimura, who weighed, threw Gracie repeatedly with ippon-seoinage (one arm shoulder throw), osotogari (major outer sweep), and haraigoshi (sweeping hip throw). Kimura reportedly threw Gracie repeatedly in an effort to knock him unconscious. However, the floor of the fighting area was apparently too soft to allow this to happen. Kimura also inflicted painful, suffocating grappling techniques on Gracie such as kuzure-kamishiho-gatame (modified upper four corner hold), kesa-gatame (scarf hold), and sankaku-gatame (triangle choke). Finally, thirteen minutes into the bout, Kimura positioned himself to apply a reverse ude-garami (arm entanglement, a shoulderlock). Gracie refused to submit, even after his arm broke, forcing Kimura to continue the lock on Gracie's broken arm. At this point, Carlos Gracie, Helio's older brother, threw in the towel to end the match to protect his brother's health. In 1994, Helio admitted in an interview that he had in fact been choked unconscious earlier in the match, but had revived and continued fighting. Helio Gracie wearing his famous belt Hélio Gracie (October 1, 1913 - ) is the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ. He is a master of the discipline and is widely considered as one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history; he was... Image File history File linksMetadata Masahiko_Kimura_vs_Helio_Gracie_ude-garami. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Masahiko_Kimura_vs_Helio_Gracie_ude-garami. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Helio Gracie wearing his famous belt Hélio Gracie (October 1, 1913 - ) is the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ. He is a master of the discipline and is widely considered as one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history; he was... Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), also known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (GJJ), is a martial art that was developed in Brazil by the Gracie family during the mid-20th century. ... Ippon seoinage (Japanese: 一本背負い投げ) is a shoulder throwing technique that is part of the martial arts Jujutsu and Judo. ... The north-south position (also known as north/south, four quarter or 69) is a ground grappling position where one combatant is supine, with the other combatant invertedly lying prone on top, normally with the his or her head over the bottom combatants chest. ... The combatant having side control is in a dominant position. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The juji-gatame armbar (see below) is one of the most effective and versatile joint locks. ... A fighter attempts to escape from an armbar by slamming the opponent to the ground. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Unconsciousness is the absence of consciousness. ...


As a tribute to Kimura's victory, the reverse ude-garami technique has since been commonly referred to as the Kimura lock, or simply the Kimura, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and, more recently, mixed martial arts circles. The juji-gatame armbar (see below) is one of the most effective and versatile joint locks. ... The juji-gatame armbar (see below) is one of the most effective and versatile joint locks. ... Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position from which to force an attacker to submit. ... Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a recently emerged combat sport in which a wide variety of fighting techniques are used, including striking and grappling. ...


Kimura in Professional Wrestling

In the early 1950's, Kimura was invited by Rikidozan to compete as a professional wrestler. They performed both as tag team partners and as opponents, but Kimura was not marketed or publicized as much as Rikidozan, primarily due to Rikidozan's own opposition (Rikidozan was actually Zainichi Korean, and thus he reportedly felt conflicted or insecure about having a real Japanese in competition with him for publicity). The Rikidozan vs. Kimura match for the Japanese Professional Wrestling Heavyweight title was the first high-profile match between two native professional wrestlers. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rikidōzan (Kanji: 力道山) was a professional wrestler, known as the Father of Puroresu and one of the most influential men in wrestling history. ... ... Zainichi Koreans (Japanese: 在日朝鮮人 Zainichi Chōsenjin; Korean: 재일조선인 Jaeil Joseonin) are the permanent ethnic Korean residents of Japan. ...


Kimura formed International Pro Wrestling Force (IPWF), a promotion based in his hometown of Kumamoto, as a local affiliate of The Japan Wrestling Association (JWA). Although JWA later took over operations, IPWF is remembered for being the first Japanese promotion to introduce Mexican Lucha Libre wrestlers. One of the most well known Lucha Libre wrestlers, Rey Mysterio. ...


Some biographers note that his professional wrestling career began shortly after his wife was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and it is speculated by some that he began professional wrestling to pay for her medication. Indeed, the predicament was likely beyond the financial means of a police instructor, which was his paying job prior to professional wrestling. Tuberculosis (abbreviated as TB for Tubercle Bacillus) is a common and deadly infectious disease caused by the mycobacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mycobacterium bovis. ...


Kimura vs. Valdemar Santana

Kimura went to Brazil again in 1959 to conduct his last Professional Judo/Wrestling tour. He was challenged by Valdemar Santana to a "real" (not choreographed) submission match. Santana was champion in Gracie Jiujitsu, Capoeira, and boxing. He was 27 years old, 6 feet tall, and weighed 205 lb. In 1958, Santana knocked out Hélio Gracie in a fight lasting 3 hours 45 minutes. Kimura threw Santana with seoinage, hanegoshi, and osotogari. He then applied his famous ude-garami (keylock), winning the match. Valdemar Santana (sometimes referred to as Adema Santa) was a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, famous for defeating his former master Hélio Gracie on May 24, 1957, in a record-breaking 3 hours, 45 minutes long match. ... Valdemar Santana (sometimes referred to as Adema Santa) was a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, famous for defeating his former master Hélio Gracie on May 24, 1957, in a record-breaking 3 hours, 45 minutes long match. ... Helio Gracie wearing his famous belt Hélio Gracie (October 1, 1913 - ) is the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ. He is a master of the discipline and is widely considered as one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history; he was... Sacrifice throws are considered risky since they put the thrower in a disadvantagous position. ... The juji-gatame armbar (see below) is one of the most effective and versatile joint locks. ...


Santana requested a rematch under vale tudo rules--the first fight was apparently grappling only--and this time, the result was a draw after 40 minutes in a bout in which both competitors reportedly drew blood. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Death

Kimura passed away on April 18, 1993 at the age of 75 from lung cancer. April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ...


References

  1. ^ Jim Chen, Theodore Chen. The Man Who Defeated Helio Gracie. July 3, 2003.
  2. ^ Andrew Lundy, John Molinaro, Dan Tavares. Japanese Athletes. CBC Sports. November 15, 2006
  3. ^ Lawrence Eng. Grappling: Fact and Fiction. October 7th, 2000.

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See also


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Masahiko Kimura Biography (3018 words)
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Masahiko Kimura - OTMWiki (792 words)
Kimura (5’6", 170cm; 85kg, 187lbs) was born on September 10, 1917 in Kumamoto, Japan.
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