Template:Unreferenced stub Valdemar Santana (sometimes referred to as Adema Santa) was a Brazilian fighter, who trained in Capoeira under Mestre Bimba and also in Judo, boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


He is famous for fighting his former master Hélio Gracie in 1955, in a 3 hour 40 minute long match. Valdemar had fought for the Gracie academy for many years but had a falling out with Hélio Gracie. Gracie and Santana decided to settle their differences on a Vale Tudo (no holds barred) match. After nearly four hours of combat, Gracie succumbed to exhaustion.

After his fight with Hélio, Santana was challenged by Carlson Gracie, Hélio's nephew. Carlson and Santana had, according to Carlson Gracie, six fights, with Carlson winning four, and the other two being declared a draw.

He also fought Masahiko Kimura.The match was a draw.Template:Martialartbio-stub

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