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Brazilian Ju-jitsu

We have offered Brazilian Ju-jitsu since 1994

for approx the last 10 years we have been  training under the

sadly now defuct FRANCO/ BEHRING ALLIANCE, now with

Master instructor Sylvio Behring, Brazil

Master Instructor Sylvio Behring


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Patrick Barton’s BJJ History

Patrick started informally in BJJ in 1994, attending training clinics with Rorion and Royce Gracie, Rickson Gracie and a few with Mits Yamashita. From 1994 to 2006 Patrick never followed one Professor or system of BJJ, instead training at many acadamies. We never found a BJJ teacher with good technique, as well as respect, honour and tradition. There are many good practitioners out there but sadly in the world of BJJ it seems the respect and honour are not taught at most schools and instead of gentlemen, some come across as peacocks in gi’s – all so proud and arrogant, and we do not want to be affiliated with anyone like this. We did train with some teachers who were both respectful and traditional (such as Master Rickson and Yamashita Sensei) but they were too far away. In 1996 we had the privilege of being introduced to Sylvio Berhing of Brazil. He turned out to be a gentleman but again too far away (we thought). We soon found out that he had a representative in Canada and that person we knew and respected! Sensei Shah Franco!

We knew of Franco Sensei from his karate reputation. He is a wonderful person, and a great teacher, very patient, calm, technical and best of all a real fun guy! Barton's black belts had a meeting and it was decided we would follow the Berhing BJJ (Progressive System) under the watchfull eye of Professor Franco.

We especially want to thank Professor Marco Costa who spent many weekends (as did Professor Shah) -coming to Collingwood to teach us at Barton's

As of 2015 we are directly under Master Instructor Sylvio Behring.

Who is this Master Sylvio Behring you may ask?...

Behring Jiu Jitsu History (written by Prof Sylvio Behring)

From Japan, Jiu-Jitsu came to Brazil in 1914, brought by the fighter named Mitsuyo Maeda, also known as Count Koma.(the Count of Combat) The Gracies learned Jiu-Jitsu with Master Maeda, at Belém, in the state of Pará. After, they (the Gracies) went to Rio de Janeiro where they opened the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, located at Marquês de Abrantes street – Flamengo, in 1925 , .

Maeda Sensei came to Brazil on an official mission and stayed at the city of Belém do Pará, Gastão Gracie was a powerful politician and responsible for assistance to the incoming Japanese immigrants. Master of Jiu-Jitsu, Count Koma, in gratitude for the kindness of Carlos Gracie – (the patriarch of Gracie family )– passed to him all teachings of "the prohibited art" (ju-jitsu and KOSEN judo) . Thus was born Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having in Master Hélio Gracie the leadership of a brave and competent Samurai.

From his teachings rose great fighters and professors. The great Master Hélio Gracie was the responsible for the return to the genuine "Gentle Art". Although a skinny little boy when he was younger, Hélio found in Jiu-Jitsu the key to become a hit in the sport and internationally famous. For more than fifty years, his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been used as background for new professors and coaches, able to spread the teaching and the art all over the country and the world.

Nowadays, is easy to find Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters not only in Brazil as well around the world. Children, juveniles and adults, men and women, can learn in the academies self-defence or fight in competition. Probably, Count Koma could not realize that from their act of gratitude, Gracie family would repay the kindness turning Brazil into the greatest barn of Jiu-Jitsu, with the most complete and invincible grappling Jiu-Jitsu of the world.

Since this age, Gracie family has improving the Jiu-Jitsu art. Carlos Gracie was the first professor of Jiu-Jitsu. He also developed the Gracie´s diet. Hélio Gracie, the younger brother, used to have health problems and always was prohibited by doctors to practice Jiu-Jitsu. One day, Hélio gave a personal lesson to Carlo´s student, taking advantage of Carlos absence. From this moment, Hélio never stopped teaching.

Both are known as the greatest names of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu history. The Gracies were Carlos, Gastão, Hélio and others. Always using an aggressive marketing strategy to show the efficient art of Jiu-Jitsu, Hélio Gracie improved the Jiu-Jitsu techniques in such way turning the man into a weapon, making the weak able to defeat the biggest and strongest man. They became the "fathers" of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and collected a lot of victories.

Made famous by Gracie Family, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is known everywhere on the planet and the VT (Vale-Tudo), the most famous tournament in the world (such as UFC, PRIDE etc) . These were the stages where Gracie Family made their show, for many years in Brazil and then from 1994 onward in North America and beyond. BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) is also called the "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu" when outside from Brazil. The Gracies were the inventors of this style of the art improving some techniques and proving that was possible the weaker defeats the stronger using the Jiu- Jitsu superior principles. Since 1900´s, Gracie Family has dedicated theirr life to Jiu-Jitsu, and nowadays, has more than fifty members of your family working directly with this art. The success keeps growing in this traditional family called Gracie.

Once upon a time, at the city of Nogueira, close to Rio de Janeiro, in the old state still called Guanabara, a young boy stole car of Mr. Sylvio de Macedo Behring. When Mr. Behring found out he went to have a conversation with the boy (six years older than his Behrings first son, called Flávio). After that, the boy started to persecute and humiliate Flávio Behring wherever he would go. That was the major reason that the insecure, skinny and asthmatic boy begun to practice Jiu-Jitsu, under supervision of Master Hélio Gracie by the hands of Master João Alberto Barreto, while Flavio´s younger brother, Luis Fernando (also called Nando) was a student of Master Hélio Vígio. Flávio got a higher position in Jiu-Jitsu, not only as a fighter as well as a instructor, getting to the top and representing the sport on every opportunity with honors.

In 1962, the first son of Professor Flávio Schmidt Behring was born, named Sylvio da Matta Behring and in 1964, Marcelo da Matta Behring, both learned from their father to live in a healthy way, doing exercises and, of course, practicing Jiu-Jitsu.

They used to follow the Gracie´s diet and way of life. Professor Flávio used to work with Advertisement and Marketing company however he was always in touch and practicing Jiu-Jitsu through a Professor and friend, Master João Alberto. Sylvio started at age of 4, at João Alberto Academy (AJA) under supervision of João´s son, Rodney and the instructors Pernambuco and Valverde. Since the beginning Sylvio showed personal characteristics turned to technical side while Marcelo, revealed to be a brave fighter. Two different brothers linked by the blood and the sport.

In 1970, Professor Flávio Behring moved to São Paulo but continued the work started with his sons at Gastão Gracie´s Academy until 1974. Back to Rio de Janeiro, Sylvio started training with Master Álvaro Barreto and Marcelo, with Professor Rickson Gracie.

In 1978, the Behring family moved to Nova Ipanema Buildings where he found an old friend, Professor Ricardo Murgel. They start up special trainings of self-defence and Vale-Tudo (with no padded mat or pre-defined place).

Next, they bought forty leaves of padded mat (TATAMI) made by rice straw and covered with waxed canvas. Born "The Behring Jiu-Jitsu and Judo”, in 1980, under supervision of Master Flávio Behring and with the assistance of Professor Ricardo Murgel and the Sensei Júlio César da Gama e Silva, as instructors Sylvio (Purple Belt) and Marcelo Behring (Blue Belt).

Sylvio was the supervisor in the academy of Master Álvaro Barreto (Álvaro Barreto Center of Physical Orientation) and Marcelo was the best on blue belt juvenile rank of Gracie´s academy. By this time, Maurição Miguel Pereira came into the family falling in love with Jiu-Jitsu. The benefits of this partnership - Master Álvaro, Master Rickson and Master Flávio – brought by them to the students were unquestionable. Looking forward, Master Flávio gave a step ahead when he took Sylvio, Marcelo and Mauricio to train Judo with the best of Sensei, George Mehdi! All of three became black belts in Judo.

In January, 1984, Sylvio received the black belt of Jiu-Jitsu together with Luis Eduardo Vianna and Paulo Acatauassú Bittencourt. Present there were the Masters João Alberto Barreto, Reyson Gracie and Álvaro Barreto.

Marcelo got the black belt after defeating the World Champion of Tae Kwon Do, Flávio Molina, in a tournament of Vale -Tudo in November of the same year.

In 1986, Maurição also earned his black belt, and after, other students graduate and became famous in the sport: Fábio Oliveira, Vinícius Campelo, Jorge Pereira, Dr. Linhares, Dr. Cláudio Street, Dr. Pedro Albuquerque, Sérgio Monteiro, Rafael Parga, Pedro Alberto Braga, Bayard de Paoli, Eduardo Nishio, Cardivando Figueiredo, Ralph Pires, Muzio de Angelis, Ericson Pires and more…

Marcelo became the prominent fighter of Professor Rickson Gracie Team. Sylvio, from Master Álvaro Team, Mauricao also was among the best fighters of his rank, being important and well known (he created Hunter Fightwear and became one of most famous trade marks for MMA).

In 1987, Sylvio associated with Master Álvaro and established the Corpo Quatro Academy, at Copacabana. They made an excellent team, winning titles on individual and team tournaments, creating the one of the first female teams in BJJ.

In January 1988, Ian Rego Monteiro Behring (Sylvio´s son) was born and Sylvio and Marcelo joined in the "First Challenge of Jiu-Jitsu". Sylvio was at the open fight (referee: Krolin Gracie. 20 minutes /Sylvio won by tap out) against Paschoal Duarte. Marcelo participated in the main fight, against Cássio Cardoso (referee: Master Álvaro Barreto, 1 hour / Cássio won 6 x 2). The tournament was organized by Maurição and Riccieli Santos and was a record of audience, 1.800 people went to see the fights.

During the trips to Hawaii, Australia, Bali, etc … Marcelo Behring gained fame and prestige, challenging fighters from different kinds of martial arts, in order to show the effective power of Jiu-Jitsu in the real combat. Marcelo became personal friend of Tom Carol, Ross Clark Jones and Martin Potter.

In São Paulo, Marcelo met some professional surfers and also fans of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They couldn´t imagine knowing such person as Marcelo, with his ideas and attitudes. Back to Brazil, Marcelo moved to São Paulo. Now he was married with Kirla Gracie, who already had a son, Kyron. They intended to explore the market of Jiu-Jitsu competition. That was the beginning of the boom of Jiu-Jitsu at São Paulo. Kirla had another baby, Kywan Gracie Behring. Master Flávio also went to São Paulo to work as a consultant for a Program of Total Quality for Corporations. But he ended working exclusively for the BJJ and assumed the control of Behring Academy.

In 1992, another Behring went to São Paulo, (Sylvio). He moved and left 250 students with Master Álvaro Barreto and Professor Roberto Traven. "Maurição" stayed at Rio de Janeiro, training with Professor Royler Gracie, in Gracie Academy at Humaitá. Meanwhile, in São Paulo, Sylvio had the opportunity to start and develop the Progressive System of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

He created a new method of learning and comprehending the Jiu-Jitsu. Trough the systematic practice of its genuine principle, the self-defence, was an easier way to understand the "gentle-art". The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu now was exposed in seminars but it was a fact that to be understandable for everyone, ordinary person and no ground-fighting martial art fighters, they needed to simplify the way of exposure.

In 1995, a very sad event brought Sylvio back to Rio. Professor Marcelo Behring died. For three months in a painful search culminating with the funeral of the Vale- Tudo Champion, brother, father, son, friend. This tragic event joined again Sylvio and Maurição, who was away from the stage. Maurição was the first to try, at the same time revolutionary and traditional, new method (Progressive system).

Loyal to the principles of self-defence and the origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, at his first year back to the tournaments Maurição wins the Brazilian Championship, gets silver at Pan American (Hawaii), 2º place in The First Black Belt of Surf (another idea from Professor Sylvio´s mind!) at Sunset and bronze in the World CBJJ (Rio de Janeiro).

At the same time, "Maurição" launched the trademark Hunter Fight Wear! The results showed that the Progressive System is reliable and considered efficient, achieving good results in competitions as well in the individual´s background and on the preservation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Culture. In 1997, Professor Sylvio was highly requested to assume and direct several academies in Brazil, U.S.A., Canada and Europe.

Using his own method, Professor Sylvio Behring starts to get better and faster results and develops a unique style of teaching preparing some students to fight in every position during the classes. Those students can play in pairs or in small groups, individualizing the job and making possible the complete interaction of the group, socializing through the partnership, keeping the quality of the inducement and the results. Academies affiliated to Professor Sylvio start to use the Progressive System as basic structure to apprenticeship and to the former students as an exercise to keep the physical condition.

The positive results: Maurição Miguel Pereira "Hunter", Fabrício Werdum, Shah Franco, Marcio Corleta, Mario Reis, Rosângela Conceição, Rob Handley, Danilo Rodacki, Peter Iacavazzi, Scott Schilling, Tom Theofanopoulos, Richard Nancoo, Justin Bruckman, Marco Costa, Antônio Carvalho, Rodrigo Munduruca, Jorge Keller, Mathias Ribeiro, Jessie Richardson, Luís Almiro, Mike Hermosillo, Anderson Silva (UFC), Rafel Feijão, Douglas Moura, Rafael Azambuja, Gabriel Azambuja, Marcio Dezan,Marcelo Dezan, Matt McDonald, Igor Mattos, Ian Behring, Fabio Oliveira, Mike Yackulic, Chris Bonde, in Collingwood the Barton’s team and others.

In 2003, the Behring Team of Competition got the 5º place in the World Cup (CBJJO) and 2 º places – female category, in the World Championship (CBJJ).

In 2007 Professor Rogerio Gavazza founded the FJJERIO (Federacao de Jiu-Jitsu Esportivo do Estado do Rio de Janeiro), a non profit organization to work for the development of the sport and the instructors.

The board of the FJJERIO is:

  • President Rogerio Gavazza
  • Vice President Sylvio Behring
  • Head Referee Gilson Fernandes
  • President of Masters Council Grand Master Alvaro Barreto
  • Tournament Director Juarez

In November 2008, Professor Sylvio got promoted to Master, red and black belt 7th degree under three Grand Masters: Joao Alberto Barreto, Alvaro Barreto and Flavio Behring.