Helio Gracie (1913-2009)
In the early 1900s, Brazilian businessman and politician, Gastao Gracie, befriended Japanese prize fighter Mitsuyo Maeda. In exchange for his friendship and hospitality, Maeda offered to teach Gracie’s son, Carlos, the Japanese martial art of Jiu-Jitsu.
Helio Gracie learned from Carlos Gracie, who founded a martial arts academy to pass on this knowledge to his family. However, Helio Gracie, while understanding the techniques in theory, had trouble executing them due to his frail physique. He modified the martial art to place more of an emphasis on leverage and timing over strength and speed, thus creating "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu".
Helio Gracie challenged all reputable fighters in Brazil, including boxers, wrestlers, and judokas. His victories proved the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and he has often been referred to as the first sports hero in Brazilian history.
Professor Eddie Kone
Professor Eddie Kone has proven himself to be as accomplished a teacher. He has been teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 2005 and has a detailed approach to teaching; coming from the direct lineage of Grandmaster Helio Gracie and his sons Eddie has the ability to breakdown any technique making it easy for anyone to learn.
Many of his students have included Police officers, martial artists of various styles, professional athletes and celebrities. Eddie teaches full time at the Academy Headquarters that includes group classes, private classes as well as international seminars. During Professor Eddie Kone's years of training he has had the privilege to learn directly from Grand master Helio Gracie – Rickson Gracie – Royler Gracie & Royce Gracie and continues to learn alongside them today.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie.
Coach Andres Sepulveda
Born & Raised In Caguas, Puerto Rico, I began my journey with Judo at an early age of 10. Shortly after my Highschool graduation, I joined the Military, where I became a head instructor for the MACP (Modern Army Combatives Program) program. With my Military obligations and service to our great nation, I found myself traveling from one great Gracie Academy to another. From 2007 -2020 to today, living and training in Ocala, Florida, where I have the privileges to work closely with Professor Eddie Kone from EKBJJ Association (www.ekbjjonline.com) to continue the Self Defense Legacy we practice today.