2nd Degree Black Belt under Carlos Gracie, Jr.
Tim Shears started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1991 under Wellington Dias and Trevor Clarkson who were Representatives to Rickson and Royler Gracie. Tim spent 11 years training extremely hard, developing the right mentality for competition under the Gracie Humaita banner. He values those early times, traveling North America while competing and participating in seminars with the best in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Community. He developed solid friendships within the BJJ community that are still very strong today.
In 2002, Tim started training under Carlos Gracie Jr and Marcio Feitosa. He was a Purple Belt then and started learning the technical side of BJJ. He learned the tactics and strategies essential to good Jiu-Jitsu. He worked through hundreds of scenarios having his questions about “what if” answered by Legendary Instructors. He spent many of those years in Irvine, California, learning with Carlos Gracie Jr. and the Gracie Barra Team.
In 2006, Tim was awarded his Black Belt by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. Tim is now a 2nd degree Black Belt but he still approaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu like a White Belt. The Art is constantly evolving with new techniques and strategies devised by a new generation of Athletes.
Tim emphasizes that’s what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is about — always have the mindset of the White Belt. Students of the art have to keep an open mind. The journey is long but it is very rewarding!