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Mitsuyo Maeda

Mitsuyo Maeda

Sportsman, Coach

Basic Information
Mitsuyo Maeda
  • Occupation

    Sportsman, Coach

  • Date of birth

    18 November 1878

  • Date of death

    28 December 1941 (63 years)

Biography

Source : Old School Jiu-Jitsu

On Nov 28th in 1941, a legend passed away when Mitsuyo Maeda died.

Fighter, teacher, husband, father, and friend to his people who were settling in Brazil. He was buried in his adopted home - Belém, Brazil. When heavy rains had damaged his original tomb a group of Japanese Brazilians, with the support of Kokushikan University rebuilt the monument and reinterred his remains.

His friend, karate master Yoshizo Machida, cleaned his bones before returning them to the grave. He spoke of the experience in an interview several years back:

"Each bone was thick and heavy...I could almost feel the strength and vigor of that heroic fighter from abroad."

Rest well Sensei Maeda, and may your deeds never be forgotten.

Pic - Mitsuyo Maeda's grave in the Cemitério Santa Isabel, Belém, Brazil

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