The Behring Family is a reflection of Jiu-Jitsu's own history, beginning in 1947 when FLAVIO BEHRING began his apprenticeship in the "soft art" at the prodigious hands of Helio Gracie. In these 60 years of Jiu-Jitsu, Flavio has found in the technical teachings of the Gracie Family the necessary stricture to become a good practitioner, a high level competitor in Jiu-Jitsu's tradition, and a professor prepared to instruct, orient and educate generations of practitioners and fighters.
During his childhood Flavio was frail and constantly battling asthma attacks, wich would keep him distant from any sport activity due to the constant lack of breath. Flavio's father enrolls him in Helio Gracie's Academy hoping this activity would help him physically and provide emotional balance as well. Fifith four years ago Flavio dresses his first kimono and battles his sickness before battling any flesh blood opponent.
In 1951, Flavio 14 years of age, is chosen by the patriarch of the Gracie Family,
Carlos Gracie, to respond to the challenge by a japanese fighter named Shimura,
covered by the local papers, to fight Jiu-Jitsu at any place and any time.
The Gracies place Cr$ 5.000 on Flavio and Shimura never shows up.
As an adult, Flavio works in Marketing yet continues his career as Professor of Jiu-Jitsu and enrolls his children in the Great Master João Alberto Barreto's Academy, at the early age of 3 years.
With João Alberto (on
a pioneering effort) Flavio travels to the USA in 1963 performing several
technical demonstrations, including the FBI, the Naval Academy at Anapolis,
Universities and Academies. Accepting to confront any fighter utilizing
any technique, to test Jiu-Jitsu's efficiency. Audiences are astounded
at the supremacy of Jiu-Jitsu over other fighting techniques.
A few years later, two promising fighters began to make their mark on Jiu-Jitsu,
based on the technical foundation and profound knowledge of this art form.
At 14 years of age Marcelo and Sylvio Behring begin specific training, under
their father's watchful eye, to develop into strong fighters and professors.
© Flavio Behring - Brazil - 1995-2011
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