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Last Name: Maeda
Nickname: "Conde Koma"
City: Heaven
Country: Japan
School: Jigoro Kano Kodokan

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1. Submitted by supergod takeshi on Saturday June 4, 2011 12:50 AM
count koma is a legend...

2. Submitted by Nathan Stein on Wednesday September 26, 2012 3:40 PM
The true starter of BJJ. Contrary to popular belief Helio didn't invent the guard and Maeda was the original badass "Butt scooter."

3. Submitted by Sebastian on Wednesday September 4, 2013 1:30 PM
Why BJJ lineage always start with Maeda instead of Jigoro Kano? Kano is the real father of all modern martial arts. Maeda was one of a few close Kano students sent around the world to teach Judo (was not called Judo at the time, but Kano had already transformed the traditional jujitsu)... at the time Kano Judo, Kano Jujitsu. In reality BJJ comes from Judo not from Jujitsu as the name may imply... just saying :)

4. Submitted by Bobby Thompson on Friday September 6, 2013 1:58 PM
Because BJJ didn't originate from Jigoro Kano. Do your homework. Maeda did not start under Kano and Kano was a jujitsu student before he proposed a very stripped down set of throws as a curriculum for the schools (Judo). Maeda did later in his career become a constituent of Kano because of Kano's political connections, but he never learned from him. Kano himself didn't invent anything. Maeda pioneered an art by going around the world and testing his ne-naza (butt scooting) techniques. Kano did not approve of ne-waza. You want to give credit to a guy who never trained or taught ne-waza to an art that focuses primarily on ne-waza? Do some research dude.

5. Submitted by Brandon on Wednesday March 12, 2014 3:20 PM
Maeda was in fact a student of Kano's. He entered the Kodokan (which was Kano's Judo school) at age 17 with no former experience. He spent at least 10 years there as a student. Not sure where you get that Kano did not approve of Ne-Waza as it has always been a part of Judo.

6. Submitted by Bobby on Thursday March 13, 2014 4:48 PM
Brandon, I'm not sure what you're reading, but there are many biographies on Maeda. Maeda was training in traditional jiu-jitsu before crossing over to Judo after high school. I can send you hundreds of articles but here's just one - sites.google.com/site/mixedmartialartsrankings/home/mixed-martial-arts-hall-of-fame/mitsuyo-count-koma-maeda---the-man-who-taught-the-gracies

7. Submitted by Master on Monday March 24, 2014 3:10 PM
Brandon, just look at Mitsuyo Maeda in Wikipedia. BJJ is a technique, not a religion. Just look at the facts, actually if you really want to open your eyes look for "Kosen Judo" and see where BJJ really comes from, master Kimura was a big proponent of Kosen Judo, by the way Kimura (a JUDO player) mopped the floor with Helio, although he probably died saying he never lost

8. Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday November 19, 2015 4:17 PM

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