This week on the ‘Jiu-Jitsu Blog’ at mindbodyandroll® we have a young emerging star who received his brown belt only just last week, but has been competing at the top and has been a real nightmare for experienced competitors since I can remember. I have known him since he first started training Jiu-Jitsu, seen him at some of his highs as well as some of the lows and have seen him overcome them and combine his talent, work ethic and determination, alongside some great guidance and coaching and seen them all mold this young man into a formidable prospect who still has his very best years ahead of him.
This year he gave the Jiu-Jitsu world a snippet of his talent on the big stage after his victory at Polaris 11, albeit due to an unforeseen injury to his opponent during his match, but we hope Polaris get him back on stage as soon as possible to showcase more of his talent.
Big things await this young man in 2020 and it is a great pleasure to be able to sit down and pick his brains for thirty minutes and hopefully our readers can learn more about him as a person and once again peer inside the mind of an active competitor once again.
Without further or do, I welcome Jed Hue!
Ian: First and foremost brown belt congratulations long time coming how does it feel?
Jed: Yeah it’s good! I felt like I did a lot at purple belt and I looked forward to brown belt. I feel like I’ll do the same I did at purple belt, just at brown belt. Yeah, I’m quite happy to be a brown belt now!
Ian: So secondly, a huge congrats on your tremendous end to the year with some hugely notable performances, obviously winning gold at Grappling Industries, we hear you weren’t able to make the absolute division on time due to British transport! But how did that all feel?
Jed: I’m p****d off! I got up at 7 am to get to the absolute! My two trains get cancelled and I live in Essex! I had a 1-hour delay. I was meant to be half-hour early, then I ended up half-hour late, so it screwed me badly.
Ian: But you won your division anyway …
Ian: I think the longest fight you had was 60 seconds right?
Jed: The longest one was exactly 1 minute.
Ian: That’s quite an achievement, how many fights was that?
Jed: 5 fights.
Ian: So, do you think there’s anyone in the UK at the minute who could stand in your way and slow you down?
Jed: What, black belts included?
Ian: Anyone, because at the end of the day you’re competing in these advanced divisions and you can get blue belts, some decent blue belts in them as well.
Jed: There are people that CAN beat me, but it’s ‘Will they beat me?’ I just think on the day it won’t happen. I don’t think they will beat me on that day. I think when it comes to it, they have the technical abilities to beat me.
Ian: But I think at Victory Grappling where you competed alongside Ross Nicholls and both closed out and shared the earnings, I think you earned your place to be amongst the top in the UK, if not Europe there. Because you went to that tournament as a last-minute step-in due to injury and was somewhat the unknown person there, I think pretty much everyone there was a blackbelt?
Jed: Yeah basically.
Ian: So lastly, before we get into the central part of this interview, I have to ask for everyone that’s going to read this and wonder why the hell it has that title, where the hell did the name ‘Jed HUGE’ come from?
Jed: Hahaha! So I competed at Polaris back in August and they had a typo, they got my name wrong, my name is Jed HUE, but they wrote my name down as Jed HUGE. I think that was a great compliment! You know what I mean! So yeah, it was just a typo.
Ian: So it’s a fortunate error by Polaris?
Jed: Basically yeah!
Ian: So have you considered changing it to that permanently now?
Jed: I have, but I think I’m going to keep it as Hue … haha!
Ian: So now that people know your ‘actual’ name let’s get onto how old you are, where you come from and where you’re currently training at the moment?
Jed: Twenty-three years old, and I train at Grand Union – Farringdon in London.
Ian: So how long have you been training for now then?
Jed: I started in 2013 when I was 16, I trained for 3 years until I got my purple. Got a bad injury and took off over two years and then I came back May 2018. So I started back over 6 years ago, but over 2 years ago I didn’t train. So mat-time, just over 4.5 years.
Ian: Were you a good kid at school?
Ian: Yeah I could’ve guessed you might, haha!
Jed: I was very bad, a very naughty kid, got in a lot of trouble, with teachers and other kids as well.
Ian: Do you think Jiu-Jitsu has helped a lot with that?
Jed: Yeah yeah yeah, helped massively! Helped me keep my anger under wraps. And any stress I have during the day, I go training and it helps massively.
Ian: Does your family support your training Jiu-Jitsu and what do they think of your progress they must be very proud?
Jed: Yeah they’re happy I’m doing this because like they thought I was going to go down a different path, so they’re quite happy that I’ve kind of found something that’s put me on a good path, rather than something bad and they’re happy I’m making some decent money from it finally.
Ian: Do they watch you compete?
Jed: Mum’s watched me compete a few times yeah.
Ian: Yeah I think I remember seeing your mum at a few of the tournaments.
Ian: Did you do anything before Jiu-Jitsu that might’ve help shape your ability now?
Jed: In a way partially yes but no grappling experience. So my dad’s a boxing manager and he used to do kickboxing and boxing when he was younger, so he got me into martial arts. He got me into kickboxing and boxing and so I’ve always had the fighter’s mentality, but I never had any grappling experience but I’ve always enjoyed fighting and then I found Jiu-Jitsu and that’s pretty much how I started.
Ian: Any key highlights of your journey so far with Jiu-Jitsu?
Jed: Tapping out some Europe’s best black belts and closing out the Victory Grappling tournament with Ross.
Ian: What’s it like training and Grand Union?
Jed: I like it there. Good training there, pretty good training. We got quite a laid-back kind of gym. We don’t have too much politics which I like and we have a strong team I get along with pretty much all my teammates. So yeah, good place to train!
Ian: Apart from obviously Ross Nicholls, who we already know is very well known, are there any key standouts we should perhaps watch out for at Grand Union or other gyms you train or teach at?
Ian: What would you say that is the most frustrating part about Jiu-Jitsu?
Jed: Injuries. Feel it’s the most frustrating part of Jiu-Jitsu as you can train so hard for something and then it takes one little knock and you busted something and then it messes you up and then you can train or compete or whatever. So, yeah I’d probably say injuries.
Ian: I totally agree, stops your momentum as well.
Jed: Yeah man! Especially when you train so hard for something and it’s all ended in that one moment.
Ian: Cool! Who would you say are your favourite people to study/watch in Jiu-Jitsu? Can be in the past or present.
Jed: I gotta put the King in there, Mr Gordon Ryan. I’ve always actually been a fan of Rodolfo Viera.
Ian: You know what, I have always been as well.
Jed: Big big fan of Rodolfo Viera from back in the day. He’s competing in the Gi a lot and I like Craig Jones man! Me and Craig get along man, I like him, he’s a cool guy!
Ian: Yeah, when he’s not bending me into a pretzel, he’s a nice guy!
Jed: Mate you should see him roll with me pshhhhh! His Jiu-Jitsu is just sickkkk!
Ian: What’s your favourite submission and why?
Jed: Oh ok, but can I give you 3 though. Only because I don’t have 1 favourite submission, I have a favourite submission from every position. So my favourite submission for arms is armbar because it’s the first submission I ever learned and it’s a submission I’ve used from white belt to brown belt and always have a high success rate with it in both training and competition. My favourite leglock is heel hook because it’s so devastating in terms of what it can do to you, plus everyone’s so scared of them which just makes it easier. And my favourite choke has to be a rear-naked choke because when you get someone’s back and sink in that choke, mate, there’s no better feeling in the world.
Ian: How do you prepare for a competition on the big stage, what’s your protocol?
Jed: Honestly, there’s no difference. I train for everything the same way and that’s it.
Ian: Yeah so perhaps this is more so for the person trying to get an understanding about what someone who competes regularly does in preparation for a competition, could you expand on that a bit?
Jed: Are you talking about people competing for the first time?
Ian: Not even, it can be someone competing for the first time, but also for the individual who competes a lot as well, perhaps they want to know what someone else does for preparation?
Jed: I’d say a lot of it falls down to mental preparation. My preparation differed at blue belt to what is like now. I’ve always been a killer on the mats, I’ve always basically destroyed everyone from white belt onwards, but competing as a blue belt was very difficult for me. I used to lose a lot! I hardly ever won and it was very very rare that I would ever get a gold medal.
It’s just that now like before I just used to go into competition and think like I’m just going to play my game and see what happens and if I win I win. Now I don’t do that! Most competitions now, I think I don’t care who you are or what you’ve won, once you get put in front of me, I’m going to destroy you. I don’t care who you are if you’re the best black belts in the world. I don’t see you as that, I see you as a someone standing in my way of that gold medal.
Ian: Do you do any strength and conditioning training at all and has it helped?
Jed: A lot! I do strength and conditioning four times a week, which will be going to three times from next month. So, has it helped? Hell yeah! Like I think when it comes to competition especially as well, it is a technical fight don’t get me wrong, but it is also a very physical. Like when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu and you have 2 guys who are at equal level, the person who’s more stronger and physical, normally will win. Like, I used to be a featherweight and now I’m a middleweight. I’ve gone up 2 weight divisions and the best thing I’ve ever done, I feel better in my own weight division to win and also in the absolute division too. I’m undefeated at absolutes this year, every absolute division I’ve entered this year, I’ve won.
It definitely definitely definitely does help!
Ian: So when do you get a chance to rest then?
Jed: I have a rest on the weekend, or I compete, that’s it! Train Monday to Friday.
Ian: Just another thing for our readers to know: do you do anything besides training, perhaps teaching?
Jed: Yes, I teach 4 times a week, teaching adults in Harrow and kids in Blackheath.
Ian: And how do you find teaching?
Jed: I love teaching! Loveeee teaching! I enjoy the teaching itself, but what I really enjoy most about teaching is I enjoy watching improvements. I enjoy showing people techniques and certain things and then watching them apply them in training and competition. So my favourite part about teaching is watching my students progress.
Ian: Especially if you see them pull something you taught them off in competition right?
Jed: Yeah that’s probably my favourite part about it.
Ian: Alright, some more light-hearted questions now. What’s your favourite food and why?
Jed: I love any kind of meat with any kind of carbs, can be meat and rice or meat and pasta, that’s me.
Ian: Haha, what’s your least favourite food?
Ian: You do look like an anti-veg kind of guy!
Jed: Don’t like veg! Yuk! F*****g hate veg!
Ian: Just to round up, want to give a shout-out to any sponsors?
Jed: Choke Fightwear, for all their support. First sponsors to ever help me out and without them, I wouldn’t be able to compete as much as I do. And shout out to everyone else at Grand Union!
Ian: And lastly to conclude, what’s next for Jed Hue and what should we watch out for, maybe a DVD series, the World’s next year?
Jed: I might be doing an instructional, but can’t say too much, but that could be being released in April 2020. Also basically I’m going to go on a European Tour to do all the ADCC competitions in Europe, so yeah really look forward to that and qualifying for the ADCC World’s as well.
Ian: Well that was great to hear from you Jed, thanks for some really interesting and insightful content there for myself and our readers to enjoy. We hope that you have an even more successful year next year and hope to also see you on Polaris again soon, thank you.
Jed: Thank you bro!
What a great interview and I think that will give plenty for our readers to take away, not only to learn more about Jed on a more personal level but also to take away some pointers for those who perhaps want to build up their own confidence with their Jiu-Jitsu.
As we saw there, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Jed, he worked hard and tirelessly to get to where he’s got. Perhaps there’s some of you out there who have the same block when it comes to competing, but I think we can all agree that consistently competing really helps ease the nerves and betters your chances for victory.
We really look forward to seeing Jed begin 2020 as he ended 2019!
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