In 1914 a 36 year old man set foot on the shores of Brazil and would change the world forever.
Mitsuyo Maeda was a Judo expert from the Kodokan in Japan. He was a student of Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo.
Unlike many members of the Kodokan, Maeda did not think Judo should be demonstrated just through teaching and Kata. He thought it should be demonstrated by combat.
Maeda went on to compete in challenge matches for money.
Judo focused on throws and takedowns. But another element known as Kosen was what Maeda focused on and added innovations and philosophies. Kosen Jiu Jitsu was more ground focused and they were called “Butt Scooters”.
Word spread of Maeda’s skills and was nicknamed Mr. Impossible.
He travelled through Asia, Europe and finally the Americas.
During his time in Brazil he met Gastao Gracie. Gastao assisted Maeda and many Japanese immigrants.
In return Maeda taught his son Carlos Gracie Judo. Carlos passes his techniques on to his brother, including Helio Gracie
This laid the foundation for Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
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I hope you enjoyed this inspirational film on Jiu Jitsu origins.