Mitsuyo Maeda – The Father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Mitsuyo Maeda (Brazilian naturalized as Otávio Mitsuyo Maeda) was a Japanese master of pre-World War II Kodokan Judo (no; this was not today’s Olympic Judo), Jiu-Jitsu, wrestler, professional wrestler and prizefighter. He was also known as Count Combat or Conde Koma in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
Born: November 18, 1878, Funazawa village, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan;
Died: November 28, 1941 (aged 63), Belém, Brazil;
Nationality: Japanese, naturalized Brazilian;
Other names: Otávio Mitsuyo Maeda (Brazilian name);
Teacher(s): Jigoro Kano, Tsunejiro Tomita;
Rank (in Kodokan Judo): 7th dan Black Belt;
Occupation: Judoka, Jiu-Jitsu fighter, wrestler, professional wrestler and prizefighter – he won over two thousand (2000) documented professional fights in his career;
Height: 1,64 m/~ 5′ 4″;
Weight: 64 kg/141 lb;
Notable students: *Luiz França Filho (teacher of Oswaldo Baptista Fadda/NON-Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lineage), Carlos Gracie (the only true founder of the ‘Gracie dynasty’).
*Luiz França Filho along with Carlos Gracie and his brothers (Osvaldo, Gastão Gracie Jr, Jorge and Hélio) -all of them 10th Degree Red Belts- are founders of the art that would become today’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Luiz França Filho’s lineage is the most prominent non-Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lineage in the world that continues -to this day- to produce Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA world champions via Nova União, GF Team and others.
Luiz França Filho was the teacher of the respected and beloved Oswaldo Baptista Fadda.
Teams like Deo Jiu-Jitsu (Deoclecio Paulo) and Equipe Wilson Jiu-Jitsu (Wilson Pereira Mattos) also trace the same lineage.
Perhaps you’ve played Mitsuyo Maeda’s life story? It’s called ‘Street Fighter II’
Mitsuyo Maeda on Wikipedia (semi-accurate)
Know Your Roots:
*Carlos Gracie (the only true founder of the ‘Gracie dynasty’)
*Luiz França Filho (NON-Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lineage) along with Carlos Gracie and his brothers (Osvaldo, Gastão Gracie Jr, Jorge and Hélio) -all of them 10th Degree Red Belts- are founders of the art that would become today’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.