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History of Jiu-Jitsu (Part 2), Maeda and the Gracies

continue from part 1 Information in this article was taken mostly from a book that I recommend, mostly for it’s history section,  “Mastering JuJitsu” by Renzo Gracie and John Danaher. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has it’s roots in the Gracie family, but the Gracies learned from Mitsuyo Meada (1878-1941), “Count Coma.”  He was doing mixed martial arts […]

History of Jiu-Jitsu Part 1 (Before the Gracies)

For years I had only heard about the history of Jiu-Jitsu from the Gracies. Rorion Gracie said that his father Helio was the driving force behind most of the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu from what they learned from Count Koma. In the Machado’s  schools (my teachers) and in other circles, there is talk about the older […]

Gichin Funakoshi

  Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), the founder of modern Karate-Do. Note from Ryan Fiorenzi:  The life of Gichin Funakoshi is not as dramatic as Mas Oyamas.  But it is helpful to study the lives of masters such as his, to understand that not all martial artists fight.  Our role models are a huge influence on our […]

Mas Oyama

Mas Oyama (1923-1994): founder of Kyokushin karate, is one of the toughest martial artist of all time. “Karate, properly viewed, is a way of perfecting character.” Oyama, was born Yong-I Choi, on July 27, 1923, in the tiny village of Wa-Ryongri Yong-chi Myonchul Na Do, in Southern Korea. His family, considered aristocrats, belonged to the […]