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The Art Of… Helio Gracie

Before Brazilians knew anything about jiu-jitsu, the Japanese developed the gentle art. Japanese jiu-jitsu/judo was officially introduced to the Gracies when Japanese martial artist Mitsuyo Maeda and Gastão Gracie met ringside at a fight on November 5th, 1916. Maeda was traveling around the world with his friend and fellow fighter, Satake, demonstrating their techniques by defeating a hundred plus men of other disciplines. Gastão Gracie was a businessman and helped Maeda find his footing in Brazil. In return, Maeda taught Gastão’s son, Carlos, the techniques of Japanese jiu-jitsu. Carlos took what he learned and began to teach Brazil.

While Carlos was busy throwing people around on the mats, his brother Helio sat on the sidelines, under doctor’s orders. Helio was skinny and weak for no reason anyone could find, so almost everyone was cautious to allow him to train.

As the legend goes, a student showed up, looking for Carlos one day. Helio saw an opportunity and decided to offer to teach the student what he’d memorized watching his brother train in jiu-jitsu. But Helio’s technique was a bit different; he modified movements as needed for his frail frame. Helio’s new student was hooked and said he’d like to return to the mats under Helio’s instruction instead.

Carlos and Helio knew they stumbled on something. They worked together to make sure they modified the techniques of Japanese jiu-jitsu/judo to leverage the weakness of Helio’s frail body. They found strength in weakness and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was born.

To put their technique to the test, Helio took on challengers. While the size of Helio’s opponents and the results of his matches over the years were correct across the board, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu survived. A large part of the legacy was born out of their publicity. In 1925, Carlos opened an academy in Rio and one advertisement supposedly read, “If you want your face smashed and split open, your backside kicked and your arms broken, contact Carlos Gracie at this address.”

The story came full circle when Helio caught wind of some Japanese challengers in Brazil. Under the leadership of Masahiko Kimura, the Japanese fighters were visiting from the Imperial Academy. Kimura offered Helio the chance to fight his disciple, Kato. The two tangled for the first time on September 6, 1951 in front of a crowd of tens of thousands. While Kato threw Helio around like a ragdoll, their first fight ended in a draw. They came together again for a rematch on September 29, in São Paulo, when Kato found himself caught and choked unconscious. The weak had won.

Kato’s defeat was enough to convince the larger and strongest Kimura to challenge Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and take on Helio. Kimura claimed he would defeat Helio in under three minutes but when the match went much longer, Kimura was dumbfounded. The bout ended in the second round after Kimura briefly put Helio to sleep, and upon waking up, trapped Helio in the arm lock we now know as the kimura. Carlos tapped the mat to surrender and save his brother’s arm from being snapped. Nevertheless, Kimura returned to Japan impressed with how far and advanced the Gracie family had brought Jiu-Jitsu.

Even as jiu-jitsu continues to grow around the world, there is no denying Helio Gracie was integral in the evolution. It was never about winning as much as it was about expressing the art and the technique through embracing weakness and vulnerability. Understanding your limitations brings clarity and Helio transformed the gentle way for the better.

What weakness helps you show the art?

By Daniel Scharch

References:
http://www.graciemag.com/en/the-saga-of-jiu-jitsu/
http://grantland.com/one-hundred-years-arm-bars-gracie-jiu-jitsu-mma/
https://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/helio-gracie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo6sG1UqQAs

#119 – Isaac Doedelen | The Mental Shift It Takes To Become ELITE

Isaac Doederlein is a black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu under the legend Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”. He has won almost every major title as a brown belt and is now taking the black belt comp world by storm. He is very well accomplished and an all around great guy.

On this episode we talk:

-His Story – How he came to Cobrinha’s

-How changing his mentality is making the difference in competition for him

-His life journey thus far

-His training methods and how he likes to exercise

-His thoughts on performance enhancing drugs

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#117 – Fight ART Breakdown | Who Wins Big At UFC 211

On this episode Abe goes in depth on all the main card fights at UFC 211. He also breaks down each fight and gives his winning picks.

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#116 – John Battle – A Full Time Grind

John Battle is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu and a full time BJJ instructor at McHugh BJJ in Mt Laurel, NJ. John is an avid competitor who is working towards a career in sport of professional jiujitsu. He has won many local competitions, has participated in super fights, and competed in some big name professional tournaments including the Show the Art Finishers 3.

On this episode, John tells us how he got started in Jiujitsu, what his goals are, and what his weekly training regimen looks like. Enjoy!

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#115 – UFC 211 Breakdown | Ames thoughts On Being A New Father


On this episode Ames talks about becoming a father and how it has changed his life for the good. Very powerful words by him.

They also go in depth on UFC 211, breaking down all the main card fights including Stipe Miocic vs Junior Dos Santos, Joanna J vs Jessica Andrade, Damien Maia vs Jorge Masvidal, and Frankie Edgar vs Yair Rodriguez.

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#114 – The Best Of….STA Podcast Feat. Ryron, Kit, and Ricardo Almeida

This is a compilation episode of some of our favorite stories on the show. It is comprised of clips from our episodes with Ryron Gracie, Kit Dale, and Ricardo Almeida. They share great insight and fun stories everyone needs to hear!n

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#113 – David Avellan – Kimura Trap Master | How To Be A Specialist

David Avellan is a world renowned submission grappling competitor who holds many world grappling titles including a Bronze medal at ADCC. David is known for creating the Kimura Trap System. He revolutionized how to use the kimura jiujitsu technique as a way of gaining a submission and positional control.

On this episode we discuss:

-how to be a specialist at something

-stories from his many competitions

-competing underground mma against Minotauro Nogeira

-competing against Ribeiro Bros, Lovato Jr, and many others

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#112 – Fight ART Breakdown – UFC 210 – Cormier Reigns & Weidman Controversy

On this episode we recap UFC210

– Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson for the Light Heavyweight Championship

-Rumble’s retirement

-Cormier “TowelGate”

-Gegard Mousasi vs Chris Weidman

-Why Weidman lost

-Thiago Alves return to WW vs Patrick Cote (who retired)
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#111 – Fight ART Breakdown | UFC 210 Cormier x Johnson

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-Jimmy Manuwa Impersonation (out of love, no disrespect)

-Wrestlemania Recap

-UFC 210 Breakdown

-Champ Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson

-Gegard Mousasi vs Chris Weidman

-A Fighters defining moment

-What will be Demetrious Mighty Mouse Johnson’s defining moment
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#110 – Da Rulk – Finding Purpose & Appreciation for Life

On this episode we talk to fitness expert, DaRulk. On this episode he tells us the unfortunate story of his son’s accident and the aftermath they have been dealing with.

The name was given to him by Rener Gracie because he compared his strength to the Hulk’s.. It is spelled with an “R” because brazilians use the letter R to make the sound of the letter H.

Anyway, he is strength and conditioning expert and trains many professional athletes. He has worked with the Gracie brothers, Cris Cyborg, the Jabbawockeez, Mark Munoz, and many other MMA & Jiujitsu fighters. He is an extremely strong man who has dedicated most of his life to pushing the boundaries of human potential. He is a bad ass that can pull cars from the bear crawl position! A BEAST! He is such an inspirational figure through his physical feats and profound wisdom. Check out his website to order a custom workout routine for yourself!

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#109 – Fight Art Breakdown with Ames and Abe

Show the ART Podcast is a show hosted weekly by Ames Abdon and Abraham Awad. Ames is a blue belt in Jiujitsu and a sports strength/conditioning coach. Abe is a brown belt in Jiujitsu and has been training in many different styles of martial arts for the last 12 years. Sports. Sense of humor. ART. Talk.
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#98 – UFC Korean Zombie Breakdown | Superbowl Talk

ON this episode Abraham and Ames discuss the upcoming events during this weekend. The Superbowl, Korean Zombie, and Fight 2 Win.

We get into Abe’s favorite BJJ tournaments throughout the year, EBI, and welterweight championship rematch between Woodley vs Thompson.

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#97 – STA Finishers SubOnly Breakdown | Valentina Shevchenko Mastery | Show the ART Podcast

ON this episode Abraham and Ames break down the crazy weekend of fights. First Abe talks about the Show the ART Finishers 3 tournament he helped put together over the weekend and the success of the entire event including names of rising stars.

Then they go in depth on UFC Fight Night over the weekend headlined by Valentina Shevchenko. Valentina hit a beautiful armbar on Juliana Pena and they describe the intricate details of its success. Also, Jorge Masvidal’s impressive win over Donald Cowboy Cerrone.

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#94 – Coffee, Chokes, and BJ PENN Talk | Show the ART Podcast

On this episode Abe and Ames talk a little about everything. Coffee, MMA, and fighter breakdowns. They break down what happened in the BJ Penn vs Yair Rodriguez fight as well as the future of both fighters.

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#91 – The Worst Thing That Happened to Ronda Rousey’s Career | Show the ART Podcast

On this episode we break down UFC 207. We talk about TJ Dillashaw’s masterful performance and what his strategy was to neutralize his dangerous opponent. We also talk about Cody Garbrandt’s master class performance against Dominick Cruz to win the Bantamweight Championship and what the TRUE deciding factors were to him winning the bout.

We also go in depth on all things Ronda Rousey. Why she lost…How she lost…Does she need to scrap her coach….and what the worst thing to happen to her career was!!
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#89 – TJ Dillashaw Style Breakdown | Ins & Outs of his Offensive Tactics | Show the ART Podcast

ON this episode Abe breaks down the ins and outs of former UFC champ TJ Dillashaw’s offensive game. This includes footwork, strategies, strikes, and setups. Obviously it is all a matter of opinion from studying hours of TJ’s fight footage. Abe currently trains full time and is breaking down the game from that perspective. We hope you enjoy and please feel free to email to add more info!

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#88 – Alex Ecklin | Revolutionizing the Industry – Donation Based BJJ | Show the ART Podcast

On this episode Abe and Ames talk to Jiujitsu Black Belt, Alex Ecklin. Alex trains jiujitsu in NYC under legend Vitor “Shoalin” Ribeiro. Alex has competed at the highest levels in Jiujitsu including the popular sub only event, the Eddie Bravo Invitational. WE go in depth about Alex’s upbringing, how he trains, and we also share some fun stories. Alex just opened up a new Jiujitsu school called Masterskya. It is a donation based Jiujitsu academy that is sort of underground, but not. WE hope you enjoy his interesting concepts of Jiujitsu and the way he runs his academy. Enjoy!

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#87 – Nathan Mendelsohn | The Life of a Pro Jiujitsu Competitor | Show the ART Podcast

On this episode Abe Awad talks to Nathan Mendelsohn, a pro jiujitsu competitor that travels around the world to be the best. He is a black belt under Claudio Franca, who is the owner of the BJJ TOUR. Nate talks about the life of a jiujitsu competitor, what it takes to be the best, the journey, the ability to make money doing it, and instructions on how he trains. ENJOY!

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#85 – UFC Karate Hottie x VanZant, Fake Beef, Craig Sager Tribute | Show the ART Podcast

On this episode Abe and Ames clear the air on an instagram podcast “beef”. They also pay a little tribute to the passing of NBA reporter/legend , Craig Sager. Finally they break down the next UFC Fight Night event highlighted by Michelle “the Karate Hottie” Waterson and Paige VanZant.

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#84 – Fight ART Breakdown | UFC 206 Holloway x Pettis Recap | ONNIT Invitational Recap | Abe’s Texas story | Show the ART Podcast


On this episode Abe and Ames breakdown the latest UFC event featuring the Interim Title fight between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis. Also on the card was Donal Cerrone, Kelvin Gastelum, DooHOO Choi, and Cub Swanson. They break down the fights and the latest MMA news.

Also they talk about Abe’s recent trip to Austin Texas where he attended an Eddie Bravo seminar and the ONNIT Invitational.

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