This episode, Shawn Williams, 4th degree black belt Renzo Gracie, head instructor at 5 Star Martial Arts stops by the podcast to discuss his start in BJJ, training with instructors like Renzo Gracie, Matt Serra, and Ricardo Almeida. Additionally, one of his top training partners and collaborators was John Danaher. Shawn Williams’ major BJJ and Grappling accomplishments include: 2003 black belt lightweight IBJJF Pan American Bronze Medallist, Ohio Pro Am Champion (2004), FILA Regional Qualifier (2008), ADCC Qualifier Bronze Medallist (2003), NAGA eight-man invitational champion, and Grapplers Quest Champion. Shawn Willliams has developed an effective guard dubbed “The Williams Guard” by John Danaher. The guard is very effective in BJJ and MMA in its ability to prevent strikes from an opponent while setuping arm bars, triangles, and omaplata submissions. You can also hear Shawn as the long-time analyst and commentator for the top BJJ and grappling events in the world, including the Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Championships, Abu Dhabi World Professional Championships, IBJJF World Championships, IBJJF Pans, and Kasai Elite Grappling Championships.
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