Degenerative Changing in Digits of Brazilian Jiujitsu Fighter
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Brazilian jiujitsu is a martial art evolved from judo. It means, in Japanese words, the “fine art” or “smooth art.” The origins come from ancient Kodokan Judo, created on 1882, by master Jigoro Kano at Japan, and then influenced by the style Fusen Ryu, on 1900, from master Mataemon Tanabe. The real story begins with a prodigy student of Jigoro Kano, named Mitsuyo Maeda (1878–1941), who was sent around the world to spread the message of the Kodokan Judo, fighting in many countries against most different fighting styles, on the so-called no-holds-barred (NHB) matches. Throughout his career as a professional fighter, after engaging in over 1000 free fights, Maeda retired without ever losing a match.
This chapter could not be completed without the collaborations of Hernandes Pereira da Silva (World Champion Nogi IBJJF, South American Champion IBJJF, four times Brazilian Champion GI/Nogi CBJJ, and owner of HST Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Bruna Marques (World Champion Nogi IBJJF, Brazilian Champion CBJJ, and coach of BJJ in the United Arab Emirates). I appreciate their gentle support and time, providing pictures and consultancy regarding practical aspects of this sport.