The gentle art of Behring Jiu-Jitsu…
“I don’t believe in teams and I don’t believe in organizations, I believe in family“
When we talk about Behring Jiu-Jitsu, we are talking about a part of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s history. It was over 65 years ago that a small ten year old boy who’s name was Flavio, was introduced and became the student of Grandmaster Helio Gracie. Since that time, Behring JiuJitsu has spread all over the world. While the Gracie’s, Machado’s and other Jiujitsu families were coming to the U.S., Grandmaster Flavio Behring and his sons were establishing schools all over South America, Europe, and Canada.
Eventually the gentle art came to Salt Lake City Utah where Sylvio Behring, the son of Flavio, established a relationship with Rob Handley. Through this contact, Behring JiuJitsu spread throughout the US. Today, Professor Rob Handley is the highest ranked and most Senior student of Grandmaster Flavio Behring in the US. He is the one responsible for keeping the US team strong and active. Since its beginning, Behring Jiu-Jitsu has evolved but not at the expense of the traditions that were handed down from Helio Gracie. Unlike some modern BJJ styles, Behring BJJ represents the real self defense and Valle-Tudo that made ΒJJ famous through Royce Gracie and the UFC.
Prof. Tom Theophanopoulos, Oakdale MMA – Last Stand Fight Team
Tom Theofanopoulos, an 8th degree red/black in the Art of kajukenbo, started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1998. He received his BJJ black belt from Grandmaster Flavio Behring in 2008. After 40 years in the martial arts, professor Tom runs three full-time academies with over 500 students and 30 pro and amateur MMA fighters. Professor Tom is very excited about his life long dream of teaching martial arts back in his homeland in the place of his birth.