Table of Contents
- 1. Sylvio Behring’s Details
- 2. Sylvio Behring’s Biography
- 2.1. Started Jiu-Jitsu Training at an Early Age
- 2.2. Relocated to São Paulo
- 2.3. Started Coaching at the Age of 18
- 2.4. Judo Black Belt
- 2.5. BJJ Black Belt Promotion
- 2.6. Head Instructor at Corpo Quatro Academy
- 2.7. Established the First Female-Only BJJ Team
- 2.8. Progressive System of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- 2.9. Association with Fabio Gurgel
- 2.10. Regular Visits to His Late Brother’s Academy
- 2.11. Sylvio Behring’s Top Students
- 2.12. Attempt to Move to the USA
- 2.13. Promoted to Red and Black Belt
- 2.14. Trained MMA Fighters
- 2.15. Sylvio Behring Association
- 2.16. Served in Police and Military Institutes
- 2.17. Other Achievements and Ranks
- 2.18. Sylvio Behring’s Personal Life
- 2.19. Instructional Videos
1. Sylvio Behring’s Details
|Name||Sylvio da Matta Behring|
|Born||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Date of Birth||1962|
|Disclosed Career Earnings||N/A|
|Rank||8th-Degree Red and White Belt|
|Head Coach||Alvaro Barreto|
|Lineage||Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Hélio Gracie > Alvaro Barreto > Sylvio Behring|
|Team Association||X-Gym, Franco-Behring|
2. Sylvio Behring’s Biography
Sylvio Behring is an 8th-degree BJJ red and white coral belt and a judo black belt. He is the son of BJJ Grand Master and 9th-degree BJJ red belt, Flavio Behring. Sylvio is the owner of the Sylvio Behring Association where he trains and promotes many students to the rank of black belt.
2.1. Started Jiu-Jitsu Training at an Early Age
Being the son of Flavio Behring, Sylvio was expected to start his BJJ training at a young age, which he did. He started his jiu-jitsu training at the age of four under his father’s friend, João Alberto Barreto.
2.2. Relocated to São Paulo
After training for four years under Barretto, the Behring family relocated to São Paulo. In São Paulo, Behring resumed his training under Gastão Gracie. Four years later, his family would again move to Rio de Janeiro and Behring would continue his BJJ training under Alvaro Barreto.
2.3. Started Coaching at the Age of 18
Behring became one of Alvaro Barreto’s best students. Noting Behring’s potential and skills, Barreto decided to make him a coach at the age of 18.
2.4. Judo Black Belt
Sylvio’s father, Flavio Behring enrolled him and his brother, Marcio Behring, in a judo class under George Mehdi. Being naturally gifted, Sylvio managed to earn his judo black belt from Mehdi.
2.5. BJJ Black Belt Promotion
In 1984, Sylvio received his BJJ black belt from Alvaro Barreto, with João Alberto Barreto and Reyson Gracie also in attendance.
2.6. Head Instructor at Corpo Quatro Academy
In 1987, Behring joined Corpo Quatro Academy as a head instructor. Corpo Quatro Academy was a small academy located in Rua Francisco Sá, Copacabana.
2.7. Established the First Female-Only BJJ Team
During his time coaching at Corpo Quatro Academy, Behring worked with female grapplers. He trained many talented female fighters and helped establish the first female grappling team. Rosângela “Zanza” Conceição was one such BJJ female fighter who trained under Behring.
2.8. Progressive System of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
In 1992, Behring started the Progressive System of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This martial arts curriculum provided a traditional approach to teaching jiu-jitsu.
2.9. Association with Fabio Gurgel
In the early 1990s, Behring started Alliance São Paulo Academy in partnership with Fabio Gurgel.
2.10. Regular Visits to His Late Brother’s Academy
In 1994, Sylvio suffered a terrible loss with the death of his brother, Marcelo Behring. Marcelo’s academy Winner Behring Jiu-Jitsu Association would come under Sylvio’s instruction. He regularly made visits to his brother's academy until he could find someone trustworthy to take over his late brother’s academy.
2.11. Sylvio Behring’s Top Students
One of Behring’s top students, Márcio Corleta, was brought to him by Master Ricardo Múzio. Corleta grew up in South Brazil, which had few facilities suitable for training. Seeing Corleta’s natural talent, Master Múzio wanted Behring to bring out his potential. Thanks to Behring’s training, Corleta became a world champion and the head instructor at “Winner Behring Jiu-Jitsu Association.
2.12. Attempt to Move to the USA
When BJJ started becoming more popular in the USA, Behring tried to move to the USA to improve his BJJ career. However, his request for a visa was denied. So, he instead decided to settle in Porto Alegre and spread the influence of jiu-jitsu until 2003.
2.13. Promoted to Red and Black Belt
In 2008, Sylvio received his red and black belt (7th-degree coral belt) from Alvaro Barreto, João Alberto Barreto, and Flavio Behring.
2.14. Trained MMA Fighters
Behring also worked as a jiu-jitsu coach at X Gym in Rio de Janeiro. UFC Champions Fabricio Werdum and Anderson Silva were among those trained by Behring.
2.15. Sylvio Behring Association
Behring now runs his own academy with branches in multiple countries, including Brazil, the USA, Namibia, Canada, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, and Mexico. More than 200 black belts have been promoted and graduated from the Sylvio Behring Association.
2.16. Served in Police and Military Institutes
Behring has served as a BJJ instructor at various Brazilian and U.S. police and military academies. The police and military academies that Behring has taught include:
- PMERJ (Military Police of Rio De Janeiro)
- BOPE (The Special Operations Battalion of Rio De Janeiro’s Military Police)
- PCERJ (Civil Police of Rio De Janeiro)
- PMSP (Military Police of São Paulo)
- Special Police Force of Rio De Janeiro
- Toronto Police Academy Since 1998
- Edmonton Police Academy
- Park City Police Department
- Brazilian Army
- National Academy of The Brazilian Highway Police
- US Army
- US Navy
2.17. Other Achievements and Ranks
Behring’s achievements and ranks include the following:
- Creator of the Inappropriate Behavior Progressive Management (GPCI)
- Co-author of book titled GPCI
- Former president of the Brazilian Confederation of Sports Jiu-Jitsu (BCJJD)
- A member of the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation (JJGF) Master’s Council
- Vice president of the Sports Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro (FJJDRIO)
2.18. Sylvio Behring’s Personal Life
Behring is married to Adriana Behring and has a son.
2.19 Instructional Videos
Sylvio Behring’s instructional videos are available in the form of volumes in which he describes his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Progressive System. This volume is available on the website of his academy at reasonable prices. Besides these videos, his other instructional videos are also available on the internet on different websites and YouTube channels.
Photo Credit: @sylviobehring