Interview with Kyra Gracie

August 16, 2011  |  Events, Practice

Jeanne’s Fund for Teachers summer grant fellowship brought her to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to interview top athletes and coaches to explore factors that motivate female students to participate in sports and compete as athletes. In the following interview with Kyra Gracie, the most well-known black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kyra responds to Jeanne’s research project questions, including:

How did your teachers motivate you when you started to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Interview with Kyra Gracie: Part 1

Kyra talks about her early years in the sport, tricks that her teachers and family used to motivate her to train, and reveals that far from helping her achieve greatness, many of her family actually tried to dissuade her from competing!

The line of questioning in this interview was inspired by and borrowed from the project work of Jeanne Chun, a health & physical education teacher, yoga instructor, and Crossfit trainer from New York City, who visited Rio de Janeiro in July/August 2011 with the assistance of Fund for Teachers.

-Special thanks to Hywel Teague, Dennis Asche, & Kyra Gracie


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