Red Belt Deoclecio Paulo: ‘Fadda & Gracie Lines Share the Same Principles’

Red Belt Deoclecio Paulo: ‘Fadda & Gracie Lines Share the Same Principles’




Here is an interesting diagram which traces the roots ofJudo/Jiu-Jitsu or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/ BJJ in Brazil. It not a very known fact that there were other sources of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil that happened at the same time as the Gracies. Maeda (conde Koma) wasn’t the only Japanese teaching jiujitsu/judo in Brazil. Takeo Yano came to Brazil around the same time. He taught in Pernambuco, and some of his students include Jurandir Moura & Ivan Gomes ( Ivan Gomes fought Carlson Gracie Sr). Another lineage is Satake-Vinicius Ruas- Marco Ruas. However we can agree that the Gracie Family can take the  credit for popularizing Jiu-Jitsu throughout the world.

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Grandmaster Deoclécio Paulo is a 9th degree red belt speaks of the main differences between the Fadda and Gracie styles of Jiu-Jitsu. Oswaldo Fadda lineage which is a non Gracie Jiu-Jitsu lineage.


The famous Oswaldo Fadda

Source: txmma.com :

“In your opinion, how do the two lines differ from one another? For example, if I were someone interested in practicing “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu” and I walked into the academy of one of your black belts, how would they explain the similarities and differences of the two?

These are two different groups in name but who share the same principles because they come from the same source. What happens is that the two groups were evolving and progressing, but always following the same principle of jiu-jitsu, which is based on twisting joints and choking people through the use of leverage and momentum. I see today that many people become jiu-jitsu teachers without having the qualification to do this. What I notice with jiu-jitsu today is the dilution away from its original premise by taking some of the emphasis away from the submission. Today the objective of jiu-jitsu is to make points at the competitions and holding on until the end of the fight. This is not jiu-jitsu; jiu-jitsu is the pursuit of the finish. Gracie jiu-jitsu and Fadda’s jiu-jitsu or any other family name or team that comes from the source [the Maeda line of jiu-jitsu] differ from newer schools in tradition and real experience of jiu-jitsu. When people seek these new kinds of schools they should acquire information about the teacher to see if he is really a black belt, if he has an undergraduate diploma, if he has an athletic curriculum, his past experiences as a teacher and competitor, his experiences that make him truly qualified to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Nowadays any fighter teaches jiu-jitsu at their school because of s black belt in Karate, [experience in] boxing or wrestling, or other modality, or even because he fought in amateur MMA events, so he opens his BJJ and MMA academy and uses the name of jiu-jitsu.

The Line of Fadda Jiu-Jitsu is accredited with the addition of foot locks to the game we play today. Can you tell our readers how and why your line of jiu-jitsu began experimenting with these types of submissions?

Professor Fadda was a jiu-jitsu scholar and was always fishing around for ways to be more competitive and improve his techniques. The basis of Jiu-jitsu is the use of JOINT LOCKS (arm) and STRANGULATION (use of the kimono to hinder the opponent’s breathing). Master Fadda saw that as the leg twists and is a joint he felt the concepts would also work on the leg (knee and foot). We started to use them at the gym and perfect techniques, we started to use in competitions, and also started to use the “hand cow” [wrist lock] which is a way of twisting the wrist [that] was normal for us in our gym to use these submissions.
The Gracies formerly did not allow these submissions among his students, because he thought it was rude. However they knew and saw that they had a very big effect in competitions. They [Carlos and Helio Gracie] always saw people coming into our gym to see and learn about our techniques. Some students of the Gracies sought Fadda representatives to learn some techniques that, without problems and we taught, always.
There was an example of mine when I was a soldier in the Battalion School of Engineering in 1952 in Ro de Janeiro. A superior who knew that I practiced Jiu-jitsu called me in and asked: “Soldier number 406, know you fight jiu-jitsu and that students apply Fadda different locks, right? I replied! Yes sir Academy Fadda every student develops these keys. Then this senior officer had mats mounted on top of a bed and said I was going to teach [him] the Fadda techniques he was not familiar with.

Can you tell us about the tournament at the Gracie Academy in Which Master Fadda took his students to challenge them at their school and won?

In 1954 Professor Fadda went to the Gracie Academy to make an evaluation of his students. He asked to be able to test their students against his. Professor Helio Gracie appreciated the sportsmanship and positive attitude of Professor Fadda and agreed to this meeting at the headquarters of Gracie Academy, the academy was on Avenida Rio Branco in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
A series of clashes took place between the students, after several battles the Fadda Academy was the winner. That day was special for the accomplishment. It was like a broken a taboo that had existed for many years when the Gracie academy was defeated in Helio Gracie’s own gym.”

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