Grandmaster Flavio Behring has over 70 years experience in Jiu-Jitsu. He talks about the early days with his instructor Grandmaster Helio Gracie, self defense Jiu-Jitsu, dealing with multiple attackers and watching GM Helio fight for 3 hours straight. Click “read more” for show notes!



  • His origins
  • Overcoming asthma with Jiu-Jitsu
  • His memories of Grandmaster Helio Gracie
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s impact on people off the mats
  • Is self defense curriculum fading away in Jiu-Jitsu?
  • Simulating real world adrenaline for self defense
  • Why your options for self defense should be very simple
  • Practicing environmental awareness
  • His self defense story against multiple attackers
  • His time spent teaching prison guards in France
  • Dealing with multiple attackers
  • Dealing with a larger, more athletic attacker
  • Being an effective instructor
  • His favorite Grandmaster Helio Gracie story
  • Learning from Grandmaster Joao Alberto Barreto
  • Witnessing a 3 hour fight of Helio’s
  • His challenge match against a Judo fighter
  • Lineages in Brazil outside the Gracie family
  • The rivalry between the Faddas and the Gracies
  • The biggest changes he’s seen in Jiu-Jitsu over the last 70 years
  • The reason he doesn’t follow MMA or sport Jiu-Jitsu anymore
  • His upcoming European tour
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s growth outside Rio
  • Marcelo Behring
  • The Pummel
  • Why he switched to a Vegan diet
  • Why he wears a white belt again
  • His major goal in his journey