Interview with Royler Gracie Black Belt Eddie Kone Part 1

On Friday the 28th of May I travelled to London to attend a BJJ seminar with Royce Gracie but unfortunately Royce couldn't make it past Heathrow! Luckily the seminar organiser, Mr Eddie Kone - Meerkatsu's old instructor, decided to give everybody who was in attendance something to take home and that was a 2 hour session mainly on passing the half guard. Eddie's level of detail, but also style of instruction and general attitude towards his students, really impressed me and after the session I asked if I could interview him for the blog. What came out of that was a 20+ minute chat about, amongst other things, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, honour and some of Eddie's own tips to all the Part Time Grapplers out there. Here's part one (of three) of that interview. I hope you enjoy it.

In Part One, Eddie talks about being in the zone, the gift and legacy of Jiu Jitsu and putting your own signature on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The questions we covered in Part One were:

Greatest thrill he got out of practicing and/or teaching Jiu Jitsu?
Background in training and teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu
What he thought makes a good student?
What he thought makes a good teacher?
What he would look for in an affiliate?
When did he decide to teach BJJ for a living?
The first part of the interview ends with us touching on what 2010 holds for Eddie Kone.

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A.D. McClish said...

I love the video interview!! Looking forward to the other two parts! Hope you can do more of these. I really liked what he said about "the element of nothingness" when you're on the mat. Do you mind if I post your video on my blog and link it back here?

The Part Time Grappler said...

For you my friend...anything :)

No of course I don't mind. Thank you very much for the kind words. I really enjoyed conducting it and I already have another VERY interesting one lined up (written, not video) with the Original Inspiration to the Part Time Grappler concept.

About the video, I lost count after the 17th time I said "Ummm.." :p