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Mitsuyo Maeda (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 practitioner) and prizefighter in no holds barred competitions, also being one of the first documented mixed martial artists of the modern era for he frequently challenged practitioners of other martial arts and combat sports. He was 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.
|Born||(1878-11-18)November 18, 1878|
Funazawa Village, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan
|Died||November 28, 1941(1941-11-28) (aged 63)|
Belém, Pará, Brazil
|Other names||Otávio Maeda|
|Height||164 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Style||Judo, jujutsu, Catch wrestling|
|Rank||7th dan black belt in Judo|
|Occupation||Judōka and prizefighter|
|Notable students||Carlos Gracie|
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- though this claim has been disputed. His accomplishments led to him being called the "toughest man who ever lived" and being referred to as the father of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.