Luiz França

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Luiz França Filho[1][2]
Born2 June 1910
Manaus, Brazil
Died1982(1982-00-00) (aged 71–72)
StyleBrazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo
Teacher(s)Mitsuyo Maeda, Soshihiro Satake, Geo Omori[1][2]
Rank10th degree red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Notable studentsOswaldo Fadda

Luiz França Filho (1910–1982) was a Brazilian martial artist and one of the primary founders of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[3] França was a student of Soshihiro Satake, Geo Omori, and Mitsuyo Maeda, from whom he learned Kodokan judo (known prior to 1925 as Kano jiu-jitsu).[1][2]


In 1916, França began training in judo/jiu-jitsu under Soshihiro Satake at his school in Atletico Clube Rio Negro in the city of Manaus. França would remain in Manaus for a year, before moving to the city of Belém.[1]

In Belém, França began training under Mitsuyo Maeda at the same time as Carlos Gracie, Donato Pires, Jacinto Ferro, and many others.[2] After his time with Maeda, França moved to São Paulo where he continued his training under Geo Omori[1] (who would later draw against Carlos Gracie in a grappling match).[2][4]

After his stay in São Paulo, França would settle in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where he would begin teaching what he had learned to police officers, military servicemen, and especially the poor in the favelas. One of those men was a young Marine named Oswaldo Fadda,[2][5] who would continue França's ideology of teaching jiu-jitsu to the poor, instead of only the middle and upper class of society.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Luiz Franca | BJJ Heroes. URL accessed on November 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Aloisio Silva BJJ Association: History of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. URL accessed on November 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Non-Gracie Jiu Jitsu". BJJ Video Vault.
  4. ^ Carlos Gracie, Sr. | BJJ Heroes. URL accessed on November 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Oswaldo Baptista Fadda | BJJ Finder. Profile URL visited on January 16, 2018.