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Sylvio Behring is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 7th degree Coral Belt and a Judo black belt who is regarded as one of the top grappling instructors in the world, having helped develop the games of fighters such as Fabricio Werdum, Anderson Silva, Marcio Corleta and many others. Sylvio Behring is Flavio Behring‘ older son and Marcelo Behring‘ brother.

Sylvio Behring Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Sylvio da Matta Behring

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos GracieHelio Gracie > Alvaro Barreto > Sylvio Behring

Main Achievements:

  • “First Challenge of Jiu Jitsu” Superfight Champion (1987)

Weight Division:

Team/Association: Franco-Behring

Sylvio Behring Biography

Master Sylvio Behring was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 1962. Being the son of a prestigious black belt such as Flavio Behring, it was predictable that Sylvio would start practicing Jiu Jitsu from an early age, and indeed he did. When he was only four years old, Sylvio started training the “gentle art” under Joao Alberto Barreto.

In 1970 the Behring’s move to São Paulo and Sylvio trained with Gastão Gracie, four years later the family moved back to Rio de Janeiro and Sylvio picked up training with Alvaro Barreto.

At the turn of the century, in 1980, Sylvio (then a purple belt) was already an assistant instructor of Master Alvaro Barreto. It was also around the same time that Flavio Behring signed up his sons, Sylvio and Marcelo, to one of Brazil’s top Judo schools run by George Mehdi. Training under Mehdi he was eventually awarded his Judo black belt.

Sylvio Behring received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in 1984 in a ceremony attended by João Alberto Barreto, Reyson Gracie and Alvaro Barreto (Marcelo Behring would also receive his black belt later that year). In 1987 Sylvio Behring became the head instructor of the famous Corpo Quatro academy in Copacabana’s Rua Francisco Sá, a small academy famous for having had the elite of BJJ as coaching staff. Coaching at Corpo Quatro he built up a strong competition team creating in the process one of the very first all female teams in BJJ.

It was around 1992 that Sylvio strated working on the development of his “Progressive System of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”. Sylvio Behring was promoted to red and black belt (coral), 7th degree, in 2008 by Grand Masters: João Alberto Barreto, Alvaro Barreto and his father Flavio Behring. Sylvio also became the vice president of FJJDRio (Federação de Jiu Jitsu Desportivo do Rio de Janeiro). Master Sylvio is also one of the head coaches at the X Gym in Rio de Janeiro, where he coached many of the Black House MMA team fighters.


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