13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2009
Choke is an account of Rickson Gracie's rise to stardom in Japan during the second Vale tudo Japan tournament. He arives at the tournament as the reigning champion from the previous year and Choke delivers an insiders point of view of what happened. There are interviews and footage of family members including the late Helio Gracie (Rickson's father and pioneer of Gracie jiu-jitsu)regarding training and ability of the undefeated champion. This film is not in the same tone of "The smashing machine",which envokes an emotional link with the fighter. Choke is just a behind the scenes look at what happened in the build up and at the time of Rickson's peak in MMA.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2009
I'm an experienced martial artist (20yr+ karate) who's recently taken up BJJ. I first saw Choke on VHS format a few years ago, and was mesmerised by Rickson's skills and attitude. This guy was (and still is) a real warrior.
There are a lot of MMA/UFC/Vale Tudo products out there now, but - for me - this gives a unique insight into Rickson's psychology and performance. The thing that sets him apart from his brothers (for me) is his strength and striking, which obviously are coupled with amazing technical skills. He hits with real venom, and his striking is a major threat that sets up decisive and relentless finishes, usually by rear naked choke. The quality of the opposition is obviously below what's around today in terms of well rounded fighters that train to grapple and strike, but the Japanese Shoot & Jiu Jitsu fighters are good (though I was annoyed to see Yamamoto hanging on to the rope to avoid being taken down & dragged to the centre of the ring, and him ALMOST getting a guillotine on)
I'd love to see Rickson (in his prime) competing today...think he'd still dominate. I've also watched Renzo's 'Legacy' DVD, which is fantastic too...but Rickson's conditioning is far superior and his striking a lot more decisive. Excellent product if you're a BJJ or MMA fan, strongly recommend it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2008
A fantastic insight to the world of MMA and Vale Tudo.
Its a well filmed documentary that caters for both the martial artist and the average joe.
I watched it with my wife who generally detests anything to do with martial arts (thats my fault because of my 'un'healthy obsession with training and going to fights!) and she enjoyed it!
So, martial artist or not, get a copy and enjoy.