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    Blackbelt Spotlight: Helio Soneca

    Alright so here is an interview with Helio Soneca,it's the full interview but you can check out the actual one here at http://navitabjj.blogspot.com/2011/0...io-soneca.html. My next one is with world champion Samuel Braga. So enjoy!

    Helio Soneca is a black belt currently residing in the midwest. I ran into him a few times when I was a blue belt out in Indiana, and even competed at a few of his tournaments. At his first tournament he threw in Kentucky he joked that he was a ‘Brazilian Redneck.’ Helio was great to watch at the tournaments, he was continuously running from mat to mat. He either was instructing people on what he wanted done, and how he wanted it done, or he was running around trying to make sure he was there to coach any of his students. Even though he was shorter than almost everyone else there, except for me I’m short, he could easily be hear. His telltale yell was the Brazilian word porra, turned into two words “POH- HA” he wasn’t mad, just getting his point across. Helio is a happy guy, someone who would answer any question you had, settle a debate on points, and then run off to help elsewhere. It is my honor to interview him, and I know there are typos, but I refuse to alter what anyone says in an interview, I would never want to accidentally misinterpret them.

    How old are you?

    I can teach all BJJ secrets. Except for my age, this is like I am giving you my neck to choke.

    Where are you from?

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Where are currently living?

    Louisville, KY

    How long have you been training Brazilian jiu jitsu?

    34 years

    When did you receive your black belt and who awarded it to you?

    In 1993 by Carlos Gracie Jr. but I was always a Jean Jacques Machado and he left for the US

    What team/association are you a part of now?

    I am part of the No Liars BJJ association, I am myself.

    What got you into BJJ?

    My best friends, my family, integrity, personality and values.

    In jiu jitsu what is your claim to fame?

    To be the first small guy to become a champion in the open class many times over. Also when I won the world championships in 1996.

    What do you like about Brazilian jiu jitsu?

    The lifestyle.

    What has been one of the most memorable moments in your Jiu Jitsu Carreer?

    Winning the World Championships in 1996

    What have you seen as the biggest changes in BJJ?

    I BJJ lost the glamour and I think a lot of people came to America where they started to think that they were Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck, etc.. Also their is a lot of liars who never did 10% they claimed to have done.

    Where do you draw inspiration and motivation?

    To create good students and instructors that will be there to teach my kids. My inspiration is to save peoples lives, to change their personalities to make strong men and women.

    What is a lesson you have learned from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

    It doesn’t matter how rich or how poor you are when you put on the Gi everybody is the same. The most important part is the dedication and the brotherhood.

    Are you where you want to be in your jiu jitsu career?

    No I have not, I will be complete when I am able to change poor American kids lives. Because USA has given me too much and I have not done anything in return, but I will one day I will create life champions through BJJ.

    What is next for you?

    Change the big the fightwear companies mentality and make them give support (tournaments, sponsor new fighters, etc) for this part of the country. Because everything is concentrated in California and people from this area buy more fightwear than everywhere.

    Is there anything you would like to add?

    I want to say thank you for the opportunity and make people understand I am in this life for people to have strong feelings about me. Love me or hate me!
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    What has this got to do with advanced grappling?
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    He's a black belt that has been around for a very long time, he was part of the first Gracie barra competition team. He teaches seminars, around the world and nation, and is a world champion.

    What does gi preference have to do with advanced grappling? Or better yet what about the troll forum about explaining a corotiod choke, that seems like a basic technique to me...

    Besides there is no clear place I could think to put this except in the grappling forum where it dealt directly with the target audience, grapplers
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    What has this got to do with advanced grappling?
    For some reason the advanced grappling forum also features adverts for tournaments and other random stuff. It also seems to be the accepted forum for launching/ advertising your stuff Jasculs puts his BJJ stuff here, Sambosteve advertised his dvd here, Coach Josh put a thread about doing seminars in here. I'm not really sure what the exact criteria for posting in here are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    What has this got to do with advanced grappling?
    The number one criteria required for a thread or post to remain in this section is that the information posted be useful to at least intermediate level grapplers. It is reasonable to think that these individuals would find a conversation with Helio Soneca interesting given his experience.

    If you read the stickie I wrote at the top of this forum, you would see that listing tournaments and seminars is also explicitly allowed.

    Additionally, the more experienced you are as a grappler, the more leeway you have in the technique areas. So Omega and Sambosteve can make YMAS type posts in here, but most others can't. In fact, you, BKR, have also made a number of low content or off topic posts in the technique sections that I would have culled if not for your experience. Take your post above for instance. If you were an unknown or inexperience grappler, I would have given you an infraction for it, e-screamed at you to read the stickies and told you to stop being a dumbass.

    Does that answer your query?

    That's a rhetorical question by the way.
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    Jnp I read te sticky, and was hoping I posted correctly, if there is a better place for me to post interviews please let me know and I will make sure to post them there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Navita View Post
    He's a black belt that has been around for a very long time, he was part of the first Gracie barra competition team. He teaches seminars, around the world and nation, and is a world champion.

    What does gi preference have to do with advanced grappling? Or better yet what about the troll forum about explaining a corotiod choke, that seems like a basic technique to me...

    Besides there is no clear place I could think to put this except in the grappling forum where it dealt directly with the target audience, grapplers
    Hey, I was just wondering, as there is no technical content. If the mods leave it up I've got no heartburn.

    I wondered about the gi preference/review stuff myself. Gear section?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnp View Post
    The number one criteria required for a thread or post to remain in this section is that the information posted be useful to at least intermediate level grapplers. It is reasonable to think that these individuals would find a conversation with Helio Soneca interesting given his experience.

    If you read the stickie I wrote at the top of this forum, you would see that listing tournaments and seminars is also explicitly allowed.

    Additionally, the more experienced you are as a grappler, the more leeway you have in the technique areas. So Omega and Sambosteve can make YMAS type posts in here, but most others can't. In fact, you, BKR, have also made a number of low content or off topic posts in the technique sections that I would have culled if not for your experience. Take your post above for instance. If you were an unknown or inexperience grappler, I would have given you an infraction for it, e-screamed at you to read the stickies and told you to stop being a dumbass.

    Does that answer your query?

    That's a rhetorical question by the way.
    No problem, just curious, oh mighty moderator.

    *Edit* Yes, I'm aware of my penchant for attempts at off topic humor (or otherwise) in serious posts/thread, I do that at JF as well and I'm in no way special there either.

    Thanks for the leeway, I'll try to do better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    Hey, I was just wondering, as there is no technical content. If the mods leave it up I've got no heartburn.

    I wondered about the gi preference/review stuff myself. Gear section?

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    no big deal, I was mostly just trying to make a point. Believe me I don't want hits against me because I put something in the wrong forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Navita View Post
    no big deal, I was mostly just trying to make a point. Believe me I don't want hits against me because I put something in the wrong forum.
    It's all good.

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