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(嘉納 治五郎, 28 October 1860 – 4 May 1938) was a Japanese educator and athlete, the founder of Judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kanō include the use of black and white belts, and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking among members of a martial art style. Well-known mottoes attributed to Kanō include "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" （精力善用 Sei-ryoku Zen-yō）and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit"（自他共栄 Ji-ta Kyō-ei）.
(富田 常次郎, February 28, 1865 – January 13, 1937), born Yamada Tsunejirō (山田 常次郎), was the earliest disciple of judo. His name appears in the first line of the enrollment book of the Kōdōkan Tomita, together with Saigō Shirō, became the first in the history of judo to be awarded the rank of Shodan by the founder of judo, Kanō Jigorō, who established the ranking system that is now commonly used in various martial arts around the world. Tomita was known as one of the "Four Kings" of Kōdōkan judo for his victorious efforts in competing against jujitsu schools. He was awarded 7th dan upon his death on January 13, 1937.
(前田 光世 Maeda Mitsuyo, born November 18, 1878 – November 28, 1941), a Brazilian naturalized as Otávio Maeda (Portuguese pronunciation: [oˈtavju mɐˈedɐ]), was a Japanese judōka (judo expert) and prizefighter in no holds barred competitions. He was also known as Count Combat or Conde Koma in Spanish and Portuguese, a nickname he picked up in Spain in 1908. Along with Antônio Soshihiro 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 others of the Gracie family. He was also a promoter of Japanese emigration to Brazil. 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.
(September 14, 1902 – October 7, 1994) was a Brazilian martial artist who is credited with being one of the primary developers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Along with his younger brother Hélio Gracie and fellow students Luis Franca and Oswaldo Fadda, He helped develop Brazilian jiu-jitsu based on knowledge from Mitsuyo Maeda, and is widely considered to be the martial-arts patriarch of the Gracie family. He acquired his knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu by studying in Belem under Maeda and his students. As he taught the techniques to his brothers, he created a martial arts family with Hélio and with other members of the Gracie family who provided key contributions to the style.
(Portuguese: [ˈɛlju ˈɡɾejsi]; October 1, 1913 – January 29, 2009) was a Brazilian martial artist who, together with his brother Carlos Gracie, founded the martial art of Gracie jiu-jitsu, also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. According to Rorion Gracie, his father Hélio is one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history; he was named Man of the Year in 1997 by the American martial arts publication Black Beltmagazine. A patriarch of the Gracie family, he was the father of Rickson, Royler, Royce, Relson, and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) co-founder Rorion Gracie, among other sons and daughters.
(born December 6, 1965) is a retired Brazilian-American mixed martial artist and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner. He ran the Gracie Humaitá school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for many years under his father Helio's direction, but currently lives in San Diego.
(born July 2, 1974), brother of the equally famed Xande Ribeiro, is a 5th-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After earning a black belt in Judo, he began his training of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro under Royler Gracie, the son of Hélio Gracie, at the famous Gracie Humaitá.
Saulo received his black belt in BJJ on November 27, 1995. Less than 2 years later, he won his first MMA fight. He also won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship five times, in an equal amount of varying weight classes.
Vinicius “Vini” Aieta is a highly regarded Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a black belt under Royler Gracie he became the head coach of Gracie Tijuca (an affiliate gym of Gracie Humaitá) who’s had tremendous influence in the development of some elite grapplers such as: Leticia Ribeiro, “Xande” Ribeiro, Vinny Magalhaes, Gustavo Correa, Fabricio “Morango” Camoes and many others. He has also been called on to coach his own master (Royler) for a few of his MMA fights.
Riccardo Carminati Galli
is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, practitioner and instructor. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, and is the head Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Toronto BJJ and founder with Josh Rapport of Jiu-jitsu for life.
Born in Italy and raised in Switzerland, Riccardo started Judo at the age of 5, at 14 he was introduced to Sambo and at 17 he became Swiss champion. One year later he began fighting and competing in MMA. He has had the opportunity to train alongside the likes of Igor Yakimov, UFC 6 Tournament Champion Oleg Taktarov and David Rudman.
At the age of 20, Riccardo, moved to Russia where he trained at the University of Moscow. During his time there he was introduced to the Combat-Sambo World Team where he was able to train with multiple time Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko.
Riccardo then moved to Canada, 4 years later, and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Toronto BJJ under professor Jorge Britto and was able to meet and learn from Saulo Ribeiro, Xande Ribeiro, Royler Gracie and John Danaher.