What is JUKKENDO ?
JUKKENDO is based on Judo Master Mitsuyo Maeda’s (Conde Koma) comprehensive all-around fighting style. Take-down techniques come from judo throws and are called JUKKEN-JUDO. Judo, Kosen ground judo, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu were combined to merge ground techniques such as pins, joint – locks, and chokes into JUKKEN-JIUJITSU.
Striking and kicking techniques come from striking arts like karate, tae-kwon-do, kickboxing, and form the basis of JUKKENATEMI.
Master Nori Bunasawa combined the various fighting arts into one comprehensive style. Judo founder Shihan Jigoro Kano and his right hand man, Mitsuyo Maeda, heavily influenced JUKKENDO. Maeda, also known as Conde Koma, won more than 2000 MMA matches and proved the strength of Shihan Kano’s techniques. Other influences include Shihan Kenji Tomiki, Masahiko Kimura,Yoshimi Osawa, and Hiroshi Jono. Tomiki, the founder of Tomiki Aikido, was Master Bunasawa’s instructor while on the Waseda University Judo Team. All Japan Judo Champion Kimura was Bunasawa sensei’s mentor for ten years as well one of the few who defeated one of the founders of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s founders, Helio Gracie with his famous “Kimura Lock.” Osawa shihan is the only living Kodokan Judo 10th Dan now, and Jono shihan is the founder of Goshindo Self Defense . The roots of JUKKENDO (Conde Koma Jiu-Jitsu) run deep and merge over 100 years of knowledge from many masters and founders of different styles into one great art of “Bunasawa JUKKENDO”.
Who is Conde Koma?
Mitsuyo Maeda (Conde Koma) was a Kodokan Judo master. He was an original professional MMA fighter long before there was MMA. He won more than 2000 professional fights in his career. His accomplishments led to him being called the “toughest man who ever lived”.
“If you want to get your face beaten and smashed, your ass kicked and your arms broken, contact Carlos Gracie at this address…”(—Brazilian newspaper ad, circa 1920s ).
The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, more commonly known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was started by Carlos Gracie of Brazil who studied under the great Japanese Judo master Mitsuyo Maeda (Conde Koma). Mitsuyo Maeda was fundamental to the development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through his teachings to the Gracie family. Carlos Gracie quickly adapted the Judo and MMA techniques he learned from Conde Koma to meet the demands of the streets of Brazil.