Epi 143 3rd Degree Black Belt Alan Shebaro

This week we bring you an interview with Alan Shebaro. Alan is a 3rd degree Black Belt under Carlos Machado. Not only does he have a Black Belt in BJJ he also has a long list of experience in the military.

Alan Shebaro second from the left.

Alan Shebaro second from the left.

We talk about:

  • What BJJ was like when he first started
  • Transitioning from a guard player to a top player
  • A few of the operations he was involved in over seas
  • The importance of teaching the “why” behind techniques
  • The idea of not being able to train outside your school
  • Why most people have a hard time coaching him
  • The status of BJJ in Dallas
  • We Defy Foundation
  • Mission 22
  • Working with Joey Bozik
  • The importance of working take downs
  • His views on guard pulling
  • Chris Haueter
  • Brian Marvin
  • How to be a certified We Defy Foundation affiliate


Quote of the week: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson Shared by Kristina Barlaan

Article of the week: Confessions of a hobbyist black belt

Gary and Byron also talk about putting a blue stripe on your BJJ belt as a sign to support law enforcement.


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