Oswaldo Fadda who was in the brazilian jiu jitsu for more than 20 years, is perhaps, the only practicioner who never received any instruction from any gracie or any of their students. He learned while he was servicing the brazilian marines, from Master Franca Filho, who was a pupil of the famous Master Conde Koma who also tought to Carlos Gracie senior.
Starting in 1937, and 5 years later, Oswaldo Fadda was promoted to a black belt, passing, since then, started teaching a group of friends in the suburb of bento ribeiro(rio de janeiro), where he end up opening his first school (now the main academy). This academy continues to operate today. Fadda has been quoted as saying: "I want to make it clear with my own worlds that I have no intention to diminish in anything from the gracies. I refer only in the "myth" saying that them and your students were invincible."