was a Japanese judoka and prizefighter in no holds barred competitions. He was also known as Count Combat or Conde Koma in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, a nickname he picked up in Spain in 1908. Along with Antônio Soishiro Satake (another naturalized Brazilian), he pioneered judo in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and other countries.Maeda was fundamental to the development of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, including through his teaching of Carlos Gracie and Luis Franca. Maeda won more than 2,000 professional fights in his career. His accomplishments led to him being called the “toughest man who ever lived” and being referred to as the father of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Carlos Gracie, the son of Gastao Gracie was introduced to Mitsuyu Maeda in 1917 at the age of 15. He began training. He trained for 3 years. He , along with a friend began teaching Defense tactics to Police. He opened his first school in 1925. He taught his brothers and later his sons, of which one being Carlson Gracie.
Luis Franca is one of the original students of Mitsuyu Maeda, and is beleived to have Started teaching Oswaldo Fadda Jiu Jitsu in 1937, and have awarded him his black belt in 1942.
Oswaldo Fadda joined the Brazilian Marines at age 16. He Met His Jiu Jitsu Coach Luis Franca There, where he learned the art of Jiu Jitsu. He was awarded his black belt in 1942 by Mitsuyu Maeda himself and started giving classes in his home town on the outskirts of Rio. He would often put on demonstrations. In 1950 He finally opened his very own acadmey. In 1951 He issued a challenge to the Gracie Academy. Helio Gracie accepted, and the fight was booked at the Gracie Academy. Fadda’s team, Fadda and 21 of his students won. Fadda was reknowned for his footlock knowledge, something that has been frowned on ever since, called “suburban technique” (Tecnica de Suburbano) by those that are opposed to their use .
Carlson Gracie is credited for being one of the Best Competitors of his time, as well as one of the best coaches. He is the son of Carlos Gracie. He was one of the most heralded fighters of the day, during the 50’s and 60’s. From Carlson Spawned such teams as, Nova Uniao, Brazillian Top Team, American Top Team, and Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Students such as Andre Pederneiras, Mario Sperry, Murillo Bustamante, Paulo Filho, Walid Ismail, and Vitor Belfort.
Sebastiao Ricardo is credited for being the teacher Of Wendell Alexander, and the Student of Oswaldo Fadda. The knowledge and training methods of wich, included the influential knowledge of footlocks, passed down through his instructor, Oswaldo Fadda.
Wendell Alexander is one of the unheralded figures involved in the Baret Submissions Lineage. He is the Co-founder of Nova Uniao. One of the early teachers, who is creditied with bringing a thriving kid’s program to the newly formed Nova Uniao, He also bares the influence of a Non-Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Lineage, and was the Pan American Champion in 1996.
Andre Pederneiras is a 6x Brazilian National Champion. He is a Carlson Gracie Black Belt. He split from Carlson to start his own team. He then Joined forces with Wendall Alexander To Form Nova Uniao. Nova Uniao is credited with some of the top MMA fighters of today. With Names like BJ Penn, Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, Thales Leites, and the list goes on and on Nova Uniao is also Credited with many current Jiu Jitsu Standouts as well. Robson Moura, Bruno Bastos, Gustavo Dantes, and Wagnney Fabiano.
John Lewis is a Nova Uniao Black belt, as well as a Judo black Belt under Gene Lebell. He is credited with being the 4th American to ever receive a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the first student to receive a black belt from Gene Lebell that trained from white to black belt. He is credited with being the First Jiu Jitsu instructor of Dana White and friends Lorenzo and Frank Fertita. This may have contributed to their eventual purchase of the UFC from SEG sports.
Enson Inoue is a John Lewis Black Belt who along with brother Egan Inoue, competed and trained in both Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Enson is the first and only Shooto Heavyweight Champion. He Opened the Purebred Academy in Omiya Japan, and is credited with introducing current UFC stars, Norifumi Yamamoto, and Riki Fukuda to MMA. He is also credited with Introducing Yuki Nakai to Jiu Jitsu. He is one of the Most prominent figures in Jiu Jitsu throughout Hawaii, as well as Japan.
Egan Inoue is a John Lewis Black Belt as well as Brother of Enson Inoue. He won the Mundial in 1996 at the blue belt level, and was the first American to do so. He then returned to Brazil in 1997 to win the Purple Belt Division. He also comepeted in Abu Dahbi in 2001 and He finished Third. He opened his school Grappling Unlimited in Hawaii, and produced many stand outs in both MMA, and Jiu Jitsu. Wesley “Cabbage” Careira, Anthony Torres, Eddie Yagin, Falaniko Vitale, Baret Yoshida, and Ray “Kong” Seraile, to name a few.
Baret Yoshida is one of the most active, and consistent Jiu Jitsu and MMA fighters of our time. He is a Black Belt under Egan Inoue, and has trained extensively with Enson Inoue in Japan. He is a multiple time ADCC Medalist, a 2X Pan American Bronze Medalist, in 1998, as well as 1999. And a 2XNo-Gi World Champion. He Upholds the tradition of Being active in both MMA and Jiu Jitsu, and has students that follow in his footsteps of Managing to compete in No-Gi Grappling, Jiu-Jitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts.