Master Sylvio Behring joins the show for an excellent conversation about self defense, situational awareness and legality of defending yourself. He also talks about the old days in Rio, challenge matches, women’s Jiu-Jitsu and his brother Marcelo Behring. Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • Why Grandmaster Alvaro Barreto was his main instructor instead of his father
  • His Father, Grandmaster Flavio Behring
  • Jiu-Jitsu in Rio in the late 70’s
  • The exclusive access to Jiu-Jitsu in Rio’s South Zone back in the day
  • Some of Brazil’s first academies outside the Gracie name
  • Helping form the original Alliance academy
  • Why he didn’t remain with Alliance
  • Building one of Jiu-Jitsu’s first female teams
  • Women’s Jiu-Jitsu
  • His Inappropriate Behavior Management Program
  • Book recommendation “The Gift” by Gavin De Becker  (Use our Amazon link at the home page to order!)
  • Verbal Jiu-Jitsu, diffusing violence and the power of confidence (even if its fake)
  • Ryan’s near robbery in Rio De Janeiro
  • Legality of self defense
  • The Pummel
  • The Royler Gracie vs Eugeno Tadeu gym invasion fight
  • His brother, Marcelo Behring
  • What it means to be a black belt
  • What he looks for in a student before awarding the black belt
  • The length of time it takes to go from white belt to black belt
  • His biggest technical breakthrough in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Remembering (and forgetting) techniques
  • How he feels about his rank
  • How he would like to be remembered