1914 – CONDE KOMA / THE DISCIPLE

February 04, 2016

IT WASN’T UNTIL 1914, WHEN ONE OF KANO’S MOST REMARKABLE STUDENTS MITSUYU MAEDA (MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS COUNT KOMA) LANDED IN BRAZIL. MAEDA HAD TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD AS A COMPETITIVE FIGHTER AND HAD A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TALENT AS WELL AS TRAINING IN TRADITIONAL JAPANESE JIU JITSU TO COMPLEMENT HIS JUDO. A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN BY THE NAME OF GASTAO GRACIE HELPED MAEDA GET ESTABLISHED IN HIS NEW HOME. AS A THANK YOU, MAEDA OFFERED TO TEACH GASTAO HOW TO DEFEND HIMSELF. GASTAO, HOWEVER, FELT THAT HE WAS TOO OLD AND ASKED MAEDA IF HE COULD TRAIN HIS OLDEST SON CARLOS GRACIE.

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