Mitsuyo Maeda’s first Brazilian students – amongst them: Luiz França Filho

Mitsuyo Maeda’s first Brazilian students – amongst them: Luiz França Filho
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 (home of ‘The Prodigy’ BJ Penn – the first non-Brazilian to win the black-belt division of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), GFTeam (home to multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champions) 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.

Luiz França Filho was a Brazilian martial artist and one of the primary founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. França was a student of Soshihiro Satake, Geo Omori, and Mitsuyo Maeda, from whom he learned pre-World War II Kodokan Judo (no; this was not today’s Olympic Judo) and Ne-Waza techniques of that time found in the Kodokan curriculum (techniques later developed into ‘Kosen Judo’ in Japan) – or simply ‘Jiu-Jitsu’.
*Jigoro Kano’s Kodokan Judo was sometimes known -prior to 1925- as ‘Kano Jiu-Jitsu’.

Biography
In 1916, França began training in Judo/Jiu-Jitsu under Soshihiro Satake at his school Atletico Clube Rio Negro in the city of Manaus. França would remain in Manaus for a year before moving to the city of Belem.

It was in Belem that França would begin training under Mitsuyo Maeda at the same time as Carlos Gracie, Donato Pires, Jacinto Ferro, and many others. After his time with Maeda, França moved to Sao Paulo where he continued his training under Geo Omori (who would later draw against Carlos Gracie in a grappling match).

After his stay in Sao Paulo, França would finally settle in outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where he would begin teaching what he had learned to police officers, military servicemen, and especially the poor in the favelas. One of those men was a young Marine named Oswaldo Fadda, who would continue França’s ideology of teaching Jiu-Jitsu to the poor, instead of only the middle and upper class of society.

° Full name: Luiz França Filho
° Style: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo
° Teacher(s): Mitsuyo Maeda, Soshihiro Satake, Geo Omori
° Rank: 10th degree Red Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
° Notable students: Oswaldo Baptista Fadda

Luiz França Filho on Wikipedia (semi-accurate)

Oswaldo Baptista Fadda on Wikipedia (semi-accurate)

 

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