Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Grand Master Wilson

Wilson Pereira Mattos
Born on the 14th of April of 1951, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, resident in the neighbourhood of Padre Miguel. Master Wilson, a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu began his journey on the 22nd of April 1956, at  5 years of age.  Since the beginning and from then on, always training under Grand Master Fadda.
Wilson was considered a student of a lot of energy with a strong temper, difficult to be tamed in the gym where he had many fights and was suspended many times. Wilson says that he deserved every suspension but Fadda always made him come back, driven by Gregory (the owner of the gym). Wilson and today is considered a great example in the community of jiu-jitsu and he says that: “everything I have is because of jiu-jitsu”.
In the old days many academies promoted their students according to the performance of fights within the academy. The Fadda academy was no different.  Wilson recalls that he needed to beat 10 brown belts to receive his black belt,  "Everything was very difficult for me, I won competitions but it wasn't enough."

Black Belt

In 1970, at 18 year-old he receives his black belt from Grand Master Oswaldo Fadda. Wilson says that Fadda never believed  that he would be able to achieve such a feat and that motivated him even more to continue training. So after the black belt came another challenge that was to be a great teacher. Wilson says that in the same year he began teaching classes in the  student club in Realengo, where he formed a team of students who defeated Fadda's own students at an inter-club competition.  This now proved that there were no more challenges for Wilson and he received much praise from Fadda.

Red and Black Belt

In 1995 Wilson receives the red and black belt granted by CBJJ.  During a trip to Sao Paulo   for a competition, the ceremony took place at the Bonsai Academy, coordinated by Professor Adilson Souza.  On this day Wilson makes an oath to himself: "No student of mine should go through what I have to be promoted, but I require dedication-yes,  and the problem should never be financial.  I'll never look down to the belt, I will always look up because the belt for me is to keep the gi closed, nothing else. ".
Wilson always say:" if you have love for jiu-jitsu that will be eternal and when we love, we do not betray.  If the problem is the money, I'm betraying.  If I'm betraying I wrap my kimono and throw it on top of the wardrobe.  I'll always be that way in my path, love jiu-jitsu. Try to make those who pass by my hand as disciples because today is very hard to hear this word, Disciples!

Red Belt

In 2009 the Confederation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Sports (CBJJE) come to recognize his 9th degree and Wilson receives from the hands of President Moiseis Murad his red belt and the title of Grand Master.  Congratulations Master Wilson.  This page of Equipe Mestre Wilson Jiu-Jitsu is dedicated to students, friends, fighters and family members who know our master “Wilson Mattos”.  Better known as “Shihan”,  our master, still teaching classes, devoting his entire life to our sport Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  Our club is recognised nationally and internationally in many federations and with academies in the United States, Australia, Portugal and Japan.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Grand Master Oswaldo Baptista Fadda

Oswaldo Fadda (15th of January 1921 until 1st of April 2005) was one of the greatest figures in Jiu Jitsu History. Not comming from a Gracie lineage, Fadda reached the “nono grau” (9th Dan) – Red Belt in BJJ, the greatest honour a non Gracie can ever achieve, he was also the first instructor to take Jiu Jitsu to the poor(er) comunities living in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro were only the rich practiced the sport.

Oswaldo Fadda Details
Full Name: Oswaldo Baptista Fadda
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis França > Oswaldo Fadda
Favourite Technique: His school was famous for using footlocks
Association/Team: Academia FADDA

Oswaldo Fadda Biography
Oswaldo Fadda was born in Bento Ribeiro a City in the State of Rio de Janeiro on the 15th of January 1921. Fadda started training in 1937 after he joined the Brazilian Marines. His training began with Luis França one of Mitsuyo Maeda’s students that earned his belt at the same time Carlos Gracie was taught Jiu Jitsu. Oswaldo Fadda received his Black Belt from the hands of his instructor (França) in 1942 and soon started giving Jiu Jitsu classes in his home town on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Always trying to promote the BJJ way of life through discipline and honour, he would often do demonstrations in public squares, beaches, favelas (slums), ouside churches and even circuses and church patios.
On the 27th of January 1950 Oswaldo was abble to finally open his very own academy fully dedicated to Jiu Jitsu, but he was always seen as an outcast by the Gracie’s who failed to see the potential of a BJJ team in the suburbs. In 1951 Fadda issued a challenge to the Gracie Academy. He issued the contest through the Media stating in the Globo journal: “We wish to challenge the Gracies, we respect them like the formidable adversaries they are but we do not fear them. We have 20 pupils ready for the dispute.” Helio gracie accepted to have his students face Fadda’s. The event took place in the Gracie Academy and Fadda’s team won, making better use of their footlock knowledge, something the Gracie’s lacked and frowned uppon ever since, calling it “suburban technique” (Tecnica de Suburbano). The highlight of the competition was when Fadda’s pupil “José Guimarães” choked Gracie’s “Leonidas” to sleep.
The event had good media coverage, which had a double effect. While the victories gave Oswaldo’s team notoriety (and more students) it also brought the interest of all the hardman of the nearby cities who would often come over to the academy to issue challenges to Fadda and his students. The occurence gained such proportions that Fadda decided to make a weekly event in which all challengers could compete against his students in a closed door environment. For many years, these fights took place and it is said that never did Jiu Jitsu lose a fight.

Oswaldo Fadda spent the rest of his days in his hometown of Bento Ribeiro, like the humble man he was, with his students and his family. With age he started suffering from Alzheimer’s desease struggling with the illness for years. He finally succumbed to bacterial pneumonia in 1st April 2005, he was 84 years old.