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A book about Conde Koma s life by Nori Bunasawa and John Murray We dedicate this book to the memory of Mitsuyo Maeda "Conde Koma" and to all the young men and women who struggle daily to acquire the skills that made him such an indomitable force in the martial arts. And we salute the Gracie family, which has carried on with such stunning success what Maeda had begun. Of all the Gracies, we single out Carlos and Hlio as the most formidable example of toughness and raw courage since Maeda's reign.
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Sensei Nori Bunasawa is a modern day Kodokan Judo master. He is a Japanese Judo champion and a former member of the Japan world team. He also coached the U.S. world team. He is widely known and respected in the Judo community throughout the world for his contribution to Judo. He is a head instructor at Bunasawa-kai, and founded Jukkendo. Accomplishments: Waseda University Judo member Japanese World Team member (Alternate) All Japan weight limit Championships, 2nd place All Tokyo University Champion; 1st place All Japan University Team Championships; 2nd place All Tokyo University Team Championships; 1st place Saitama State Grand Champion; 1st place 1995 U.S. World Team Coach Bunasawa-kai: Head instructor Nanka Yudanshakai (So.Cal Black Belt Association): 4th Dan and above Promotion Board Examiner Jukkendo: Founder He studied under: Yoshimi Osawa, 10th Dan Kodokan Judo; Masahiko Kimura 7th dan, All Japan judo champion Kenji Tomiki founder of Tomiki Aikido; and the founders of Jono GoshindoReview:
I like the way the authors evoked the varied geographical, cultural and historical landscapes in which Maeda lived; and the close-up views of other characters as well as the environments in which important events took place. I learned interesting or striking things, such as the effect that the burning of dung in Kansas had on the start and spread of Spanish flu throughout the world; the book brought the drama and cruelty of the pandemic into close-up view by showing what it did to Maeda and his family. I m impressed by the vast amount of research done by the authors to authenticate the plot and characters; they ve evoked the special world of professional fighting. --E.M. Nathenson, Author
Thanks for the copy of The Toughest Man Who Ever Lived. I enjoyed it VERY much. You ve painted such a vivid portrait of Master Maeda hat I truly wish I would have met him. He seems very much like Frank Gotch. They both even died of kidney problems! I thought you were generous with your treatment of both Gotch and Jack Johnson. I think both Gotch and Maeda would have whipped Johnson without much trouble in a mixed match and a Gotch-Maeda showdown would have been the best match in all of history. I m pleased you didn t read too much into the fact that Gotch didn t want to meet with Maeda in Havana. After all, as you pointed out, he was on his honeymoon and in no mood to fight. And he had no idea who Maeda was. --Mike Chapman, Author
After reading The Toughest Man Who Ever Lived, I realized what a superstar Maeda was. He was the true pioneer for today's MMA, and both Bunasawa and Murray did a marvelous job in creating the atmosphere of the times. Being a judoka myself for 30 or so years, I look forward to when Maeda's name is mentioned in the same breath as Bruce Lee. --O. Sam Mitani; International Editor, Road & Track Magazine
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Book Description Innovations, Inc., 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11096489842X