Mitsuyo Maeda ( Cont Koma)
Japanese Judoka, Mitsuyo Maeda, when he was 4th dan.
Funazawa Village, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan
Died 11-28-1941 aged 63
Belém Pará Brazil
full name Otávio Mitsuyo Maeda (Cont Koma)
Height164 cm 5 ft 5 in
Style Judo & Jiu-Jitsu
coach- Kano Jigoro Tsunejiro Tomita
7th dan black belt in Judo.
The history of Jiu-Jitsu
As a Brazilian guy born in Belém do Pará 1978 in the cradle of Jiu-Jitsu. I had the opportunity to practice this noble martial art. Studying and listening to many stories, l watched videos and read books from the beginning of my 24-year trajectory in Jiu-Jitsu practice. This is a small part of the story to be told. On November 14, 1914, that Jiu-Jitsu would actually land in Brazil through Mitsuyo Essay Maeda, better known as Count Koma, master of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and black Judo Kodokan belt of master Jigoro Kano, Judo Which originated from the Jiu-Jitsu, perfecting the techniques of projections falls and removing the most dangerous blows of the ground fight of the Jiu-Jitsu, the same Maeda had introduced the Judo in Brazil. From then on to an interrogation, would Count Koma have taught the Japanese Jiu-Jitsu or Jigoro Kano’s Judo to the Gracie brothers? This answer will be told later. Maeda landed in Porto Alegre in 1914 for demonstrations of Jiu-Jitsu, having been to the United States, even holding demonstrations in the White House for President Theodore Roosevelt. Maeda also travels through Europe, Central, and South America, and teamed up with other teammates found in demonstrations and Jiu-Jitsu Satake’s teachers, Yenishi Raku, Sadaku Shimitsu, and Sadao Okura. Back to Brazil, the troupe of fighters later To be exhibited in Porto Alegre, wanders through the country in the Northeast, in Recife on August 26, 1915, in the northern region of Manaus on December 18, and the 20th in Belém, in Pará, in the Politheama Theater. In January of 1916, Maeda makes his last fight in Bethlehem before embarking for England, leaving its companions; In Europe, the master performs in several countries, before returning to Brazil in 1917 to settle in Pará, in the city of Belém, where he would then change the history of martial arts. Count Koma joins American Circus in November 1919 to make presentations and challenges. He arrives in Manaus in 1920, where he fights with his old friend Satake, who was in Brazil teaching in Manaus, Koma would know his first defeat and unique as a fighter, Returning to Belém in the same year. According to Tatame historians explain that many emigrants sought the northern region of Brazil in the early twentieth century due to the development of that region’s economy from the rubber cycle. In 1917, at a performance by Count Koma in Belém at the Teatro da Paz, a 15-year-old boy was delighted with the series of techniques demonstrated by the Japanese, his name, Carlos Gracie, eldest son of Gastão Gracie and Cesalina’s five sons Gracie, Gaston, was descendants of Scots. Carlos had been fascinated with the demonstration, Carlos Gracie’s first contact with Jiu-Jitsu was when his father took him to watch Count Koma in action, for the first time Carlos had witnessed the technique victory over the force Gross. Asking his father to take him to train that fight, Gaston was a personal friend of Maeda’s, for Gracie helped the Japanese at American Circus. Thus, Gaston takes Carlos to train at the home of the Japanese master who immediately agrees to train the boy as a sign of his friendship and respect with his friend, Carlos has daily classes with the master for almost three years, after that indicates. Carlos begins teaching his friends and brothers; In 1922, after the death of his grandfather Pedro Carlos Gracie, he moved to Rio de Janeiro with his brothers and adopted the profession of teacher and fighter.
Note: Jiu-Jitsu was born in Belém do Pará. Moved to Rio de Janeiro where it was spread to Brazil and the world.
7 Seas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.