Posted On:2/13/2014 7:23am
1 Introduction: As prominent member of the MMA/BJJ scene in Japan for the last 12 years it was brought to my attention that there was a possible fraud. The name is John Kanei he located in Yokusaka Japan. He claims a 3rd degree BB with the lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis Franca > Oswaldo Fadda > Rickson Santos >J.Kanei.
Background: A former student of mine met Mr Kanei at an unsanctioned tourney last year. He in a roundabout sort of way mentioned he wanted to take over the BJJ programs of the 4 major bases in the area. His story seems fishy, but being a somewhat of a newbie he didn't know how to approach it. I did a quick google search and could find no information other than his own, ie. facebook, and guest book posts. His claims have a lot of the tell tale warning signs. Such as 6th degree grandmaster of Krav Maga. Kickboxing world champion.
He entered a small Dumau tourney last year, where he showed off pictures of a gold, and bronze medal. A friend of mine is one of organizers, and said no one was in his bracket so he got gold, and lost his first match in absolute with only 3 others, so he got bronze. Said he did not look good. Dumau does not require membership, and does not check on belt legitimacy like other orgs.
I contacted some friends in Yokosuka. One claimed to have rolled no gi with him, and tapped him. My friend has pro MMA experience but is a blue belt in the gi. Mr. Kanei also recently promoted a very young guy to black belt, who again was tapped by a few lower belts, and gave some really strange comments about already have a BB but "re-qualifying" under Kanei. Also a claim of having trained 18 years in BJJ but only 21 or 22 years old.
Recently a Japanese instructor from the area who would like to remain anonymous inquired about him to me as well. Anyone who has spent time in Japan knows they are very passive by nature and dont like to stir up trouble.
Purpose: I just want to see if anyone has any information. I dont want to stir up too much trouble. I am only 2 hours away from Yokosuka, and plan to make a trip shortly, but I am also military and do not want any backlash from calling someone out. I want to keep this as classy as possible.
I do understand that not every black belt is a world champion or even a national one, and some people have just paid their does over a long time. With that being said Military members are especially susceptible to frauds, and I do my best to keep the scene pure. With a lot of time invested it would be a real slap in the face if he was a fraud.
My background: Also I want to put it out there since its only fair if you are going to call someone out. I am in Atsugi, I currently train BJJ at Clube De Jiujitus in Tokyo. My lineage is: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Toshiyuki "Wado" Sato. I am also a BB in Judo registered in the Kodokan and IJF. I train t Koshinjuku Tomiyoshi dojo in Sagamihara.
Posted On:2/13/2014 12:34pm
Does he have a website, or any location online where he makes these claims?
Posted On:2/13/2014 1:48pm
Style: Brazillian Jiu Jitsu
This the gym?
Here it appears is his lineage claim, though he doesn't state his rank:
Posted On:2/22/2014 10:14pm
When I Googled "Rickson Santos" in conjunction with "Fadda," all I came up with is Mr. Kanei's references to his own purported lineage. If there really is a Rickson Santos out there who made rank directly under Oswaldo Fadda, you'd think there would be other references to him. Are there any non-Gracie BJJ experts on the board?
Posted On:2/24/2014 12:27pm
You may get better luck posting to the BJJGround subforum at mixedmartialarts.com. There is a pretty substantial number of black belts there, and a very large knowledge base about BJJ history.
As for what I can contribute, the only people that I could find who got black belts under Oswaldo Fadda were Henrique Machado, Deoclecio Paulo, and Moacir Salomao. No Rickson Santos, which sounds like a completely made-up name. Assuming the guy is a fake, I'll give him credit for claiming lineage under Fadda as it is definitely more obfuscated and harder to confirm or rebut.
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