The Olympics period always draws the attention of fans of Japanese culture due to the large number of Brazilians who are successful in fights of Japanese origin, especially judo. But, do you know how these sports ended up here in the country? Here, we gather the main japanese fights that have practitioners in Brazil and we explain the origin of each of the modalities.
With the two bronzes won in Tokyo, judo became the sport that earned the most medals for Brazil in the entire history of the games.
The sport arrived here along with the wave of Japanese immigration at the beginning of the last century, but it was with the arrival of Mitsuyo Maeda in 1914 that the sport gained more strength.
Maeda settled in Belém-PA and had a great influence on Brazilian martial arts: he was the master of the Gracie family, creators of the so-called “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”. Nowadays, one of the national judo poles is the city of Bastos, in the interior of São Paulo, thanks to the work of master Uichiro Umakakeba.
Although Karate does not have the same tradition as judo in our country, it arrived in Brazil a little earlier: the first records date back to 1908.
But initially the sport was somewhat restricted to São Paulo, where the main practitioners settled, and the first academy was founded only in 1956 by professor Mitsuke Harada.
Even though Brazilians don't have world glories in the modality, the karate of the Pan American games is taken by Brazilian victories. In addition, the sport continues to conquer young people, largely due to its insertions in works of pop culture, and the karate kimono is a popular item in specialty stores.
O juice appeared in Japan more than 2,500 years ago and is a sport of great popularity and prestige in the country.
But here in Brazil, the modality has not had the same success as other martial arts, although it also arrived in the early 1910s.
The Brazilian Sumo Federation was only created in 1998 and there is no professional circuit around here.
O aikido, which preaches balance between body and mind during fights, arrived in Brazil well after the other martial arts mentioned here. After all, the sport only emerged in the 1940s, created by Morihei Ueshiba.
The person responsible for bringing the sport to our country in the 1960s was Shihan Reishin Kawai, who, in addition to practicing the sport, was also a fan of oriental medicine and was president of the Latin American Aikido Confederation.