Eamonn Madden Seminar
Eamonn Madden is a black belt in BJJ and in Judo. He is also the head coach at AEON BJJ located in London. Moreover, he works with Olympic athletes and also a youth organisation which works with at risk young people to enhance life and employability skills. His work and efforts to change lives is truly an inspiration! We were lucky to have Eamonn join us for a few days where he shared some of his favourite go-to moves and techniques; working grips, single leg takedowns and the knee cut pass.
1) How did you come across Brazilian Jiujitsu?
I started BJJ in 1999 in the UK. I watched the UFC on a bootlegged VHS cassette, saw Carlos Newton do a helicopter sweep and thought it was the best thing ever. I sourced all the previous UFC's from the black market and went on a quest to find a club to train at.
2) How has Brazilian Jiujitsu affected your life?
Bjj has had a dramatic affect on my life in and out of the dojo. I did not do very well at school as the conventional way of teaching never resonated with me although I was always athletic. I lived out the belief that I was not smart or an academic until I came across BJJ, I realised I learn best when taught in a specific format and when I am passionate about the subject matter. This led me to go back to studying sports psychology, performance an instrument and having a thirst for personal growth.
3) What is your most memorable teaching moment?
It would have to be our Aeon project, the Bjj programme we deliver in schools to 9 to 10 years olds. We work with disadvantaged young people instilling confidence, mindfulness, discipline and self-respect. Over a period of 12 weeks, we see major changes in the students we work with and my mind is always blown how far some of these individuals come.
4) What do you like about the (global) BJJ community?
I truly believe BJJ is a passport to the world. I love to travel and always make it a point to visit a new club and train wherever I go. Every club I visit has open arms and they immediately feel like family language barrier or not, there is something beautiful about that within the community.
We truly enjoy getting visits from black belts from around the world. There are many people (practitioners and black belts) who have dedicated their lives to learning such an incredible, complex and somewhat perplexing martial art and perfecting their skills as well as sharing and passing on their knowledge and are very generous at doing so. That is just one of the many wonders of Brazilian Jiujitsu and martial arts.