- Assistant Instructor
Erkan Mete brings a deep knowledge and teaching experience in Martial Arts to Gracie Schwarzwald.
Erkan Mete started with Martial Arts at an early age. Because his older brothers were sick of babysitting him, they put him in a Martial Arts school from early till late afternoon.
There he trained in all the classes like Ju-Jutsu, Shotokan Karate and Kobudo. After he got his first Bruce Lee book, he learned about Jeet Kune Do and Wing Chun. Because there were no JKD schools that time in Germany, he joined a Wing Tsun class.
He eventually became a first generation student under Sifu Martin Dragos‘ Masters Academy where he got his Sifu certificate. In 1996 he met Sifu Dan Inosanto at a Seminar and fell in love with JKD, Filipino Martial Arts, Silat and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While training in Muay Thai, Muay Boran and Kickboxing, he started studying the Filipino Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do at several Seminars and eventually became an Instructor in these Arts.
In 2002 he opened his first school teaching Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts (namely Kali Sikaran, Inayan Eskrima and Inosanto Kali) and has trained since then all over the world.
With the beginning of the Gracie University, he had the opportunity to see and practice real Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He stepped into a completely new world and fell in love with this amazing art. Again, because of no qualified schools near him, he had to learn at seminars or on short trips to qualified Jiu-Jitsu schools.
But this was not enough. Jiu-Jitsu had become his passion, more then any other art before, so he asked Roy Marsh at a seminar if he would move to the beautiful landscape of the Black Forest area to open a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu school. If you believe hard enough in your dreams, someday they become reality.
Besides Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Erkan still trains and teaches Filipino Martial Arts and has a deep interest in historical European Martial Arts, especialy the stick arts like La Canne from the 19th century French and Englisch Singlestick.