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Masahiko Kimura

1917 - 1993

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Masahiko Kimura (木村 政彦, Kimura Masahiko, September 10, 1917 – April 18, 1993) was a Japanese judoka and professional wrestler who is widely considered one of the greatest judoka of all time. He won the All-Japan Judo Championships three times in a row for the first time in history and had never lost a judo match from 1936 to 1950. In submission grappling, the reverse ude-garami arm lock is often called the "Kimura", due to his famous victory over Gracie jiu-jitsu co-founder Hélio Gracie. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Masahiko Kimura has received more than 766,852 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. Masahiko Kimura is the 7th most popular wrestler (down from 6th in 2019), the 206th most popular biography from Japan (down from 191st in 2019) and the most popular Japanese Wrestler.

Masahiko Kimura was a Japanese judoka and professional wrestler. He is most famous for defeating Helio Gracie with a reverse ude-garami armlock at the 1951 World Judo Championships in Tokyo.

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Among wrestlers, Masahiko Kimura ranks 7 out of 700Before him are André the Giant, Hulk Hogan, The French Angel, Kane, John Cena, and Aleksandr Karelin. After him are Antonio Inoki, Anton Geesink, Dave Bautista, Chyna, Rocky Johnson, and The Undertaker.

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Among people born in 1917, Masahiko Kimura ranks 57Before him are Maurice Duverger, Rodney Robert Porter, Dinu Lipatti, Leonora Carrington, David McClelland, and Manolete. After him are John Fenn, William Standish Knowles, Susan Hayward, Jane Wyman, Pál Maléter, and Tove Ditlevsen. Among people deceased in 1993, Masahiko Kimura ranks 37Before him are Vincent Price, Arthur Ashe, Alexandra of Yugoslavia, Léon Theremin, Jean Negulesco, and Félix Houphouët-Boigny. After him are Yuri Lotman, Boris Christoff, Hans Baur, Pat Nixon, Severo Ochoa, and Dinmukhamed Kunaev.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Masahiko Kimura ranks 206 out of 6,048Before him are Katsura Tarō (1848), Mori Ōgai (1862), Kobayashi Issa (1763), Emperor Chūai (149), Empress Jingū (169), and Takashi Shimura (1905). After him are Saburō Sakai (1916), Yukio Hatoyama (1947), Kyu Sakamoto (1941), Emperor Ankō (401), Okita Sōji (1842), and Ashikaga Takauji (1305).

Among WRESTLERS In Japan

Among wrestlers born in Japan, Masahiko Kimura ranks 1After him are Antonio Inoki (1943), Isao Inokuma (1938), Giant Baba (1938), Chiyonofuji Mitsugu (1955), Yasuhiro Yamashita (1957), Shinobu Sekine (1943), Takehide Nakatani (1941), Asuka (1981), Shinsuke Nakamura (1980), Hidehiko Yoshida (1969), and Toshihiko Koga (1967).