#73 Royal Marines Commando | Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt | Jon Hegan | Krav Maga Teacher | First Blood

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Few other UK martial arts instructors have such an extensive and authentic martial art CV. A former IKMF Expert level, Jon Hegan has trained in the martial arts for over 30 years. Jon is one of the few people in the world to be a full 1st degree black belt Professor in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under UFC legend Royce Gracie. He is also a BJA Judo black belt. Jon is one the highest qualified Krav Maga instructors in Europe. Although anyone can teach martial arts, in order to teach a practical self-defence system like Krav Maga it helps to have some first-hand knowledge in dealing with ‘extreme’ violence. For 20 years Jon ensured this was the case. After a six-year service in the Royal Marines, serving in an operational commando unit, he then spent two years “on the door” as a bouncer. For 15 years he worked with young offenders in various secure units, experiencing a daily exposure to violence. As well as teaching a regular class, he also teaches Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu at the Metropolitan Specialist Training Centre. There he has taught members of the Public Order instructors, as well as operators from the Special Air Service, and Special Boat Service.

Transcript snippet from podcast

Chris and Jon

C – Jon, how are you brother?

J – Great, great how are you?

C – Wonderful, I can say. I’ll tell you what I’m going to do Jon because people always think these are interviews and they’re not. This is my podcast, this is me chatting to my mate about stuff we find interesting. It could be stuff we both might have done, and you’re certainly a man that your resume shall we say, puts Rambo to shame…

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