“Who is Enrico Cocco?” interview by Budo JakeApr 13th, 2011 by Budo Jake
Enrico Cocco is a name that seems to come up at ADCC and other grappling tournaments. He always performs extremely well yet I didn’t know much about him. Pretty much all I knew is that he hails from a school called “Zen Jiu-jitsu” and he trains exclusively without the gi.
With a stellar performance at the ADCC trials in San Diego, he’s guaranteed a spot at the ADCC Grappling Championships in England later this year. Before that, let’s find out a little more about Enrico.
BJ: Enrico, how did you get into grappling?
EC: My parents have been teaching Tae Kwon Do since before I was born. So
I began training in the art when I was 4 years old. When I turned 13 years old I began training grappling with my sister Nori and her boyfriend at the time Marcos Avellan.
BJ: Who have you been training with?
EC: I due the majority of my grappling training with my students in my classes. We have open mats on saturday also where anyone can come in and train for free. So I get alot of different good guys that come in to roll. Also I try to compete alot so that I can constantly challenge myself by facing tough opponents and improve in the process.
BJ: Do you train in the gi at all?
EC: I have maybe 15 hours of gi training experience. Im not opposed to learning it, I just was never taught. It’s been all nogi for me.
BJ: Recently you competed at the ADCC North American trials, how was your experience?
EC: I had a great experience being able to come out on top in a stacked division. I just stayed positive and tried to work my game every match. I won 2 matches by submission and 2 matches on points and got no points scored on me. So it was a successful day!
BJ: What are your goals?
EC: My goal is to be at the top of the submission grappling world. I want to be ADCC 76 Kilo champ. That has always been my dream since I first began training and saw Jean-Jaques Machado win it. I also want to continue teaching and training and help my students evolve their skills and reach their goals.
BJ: Thanks for your time Enrico and best of luck at ADCC 2011!