Mata leão, meaning ‘lion killer’ in Portuguese, is the name of a popular choke-hold in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a choke that is called hadaka jime in Judo, and rear naked choke in the American grappling circuit. Here you will find a run down of the history of the rear naked choke, and the roots of the mata leão name.
The story of Mitsuyo Esai Maeda, the famous Count Koma, did not stop at Carlos Gracie. This legendary Japanese figure went on to open one of the most historical academies in the north-eastern states in Brazil. A team that produced many other important fighters, still standing proud today, teaching their unique style of Judo.