A New Yorker visits Jigoro Kano’s Academy in Tokyo, 1914

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“It was an inspiring sight…”

Above: Jigoro Kano demonstrates a technique. Source: http://www.judo-educazione.it/video/koshiki_en.html Above: Jigoro Kano demonstrates a technique. Source: http://www.judo-educazione.it/video/koshiki_en.html

Perhaps few individuals have had more impact on the modern history of grappling than Jigorō Kanō (1860-1938). The founder of Judo, Kano had also studied, gathered, codified, and taught traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu, which would be brought to both America and Brazil by his own students. According to the Gracie family website,

“Japanese Jiu-Jitsu (practiced as Judo) was introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil around 1914 by Esai Maeda, who was also known as Conde Koma. Maeda was a champion of Jiu-Jitsu and a direct student of Kano, at the Kodokan in Japan. He was born in 1878, and became a student of Judo (Kano’s Jiu-Jitsu) in 1897.”

Kano’s legacy can therefore be said to have had an immense impact on everything from Judo to Jiujitsu, from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to modern Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

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