About Shawn

Shawn Williams is considered one of the top instructors in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and martial arts community due to his very detailed and thorough instruction style and depth of knowledge in BJJ, grappling, and the striking arts. Shawn began his marital arts journey over 30 years ago near his home town of Bluffton, Indiana.  In 1996, he relocated to New York City to train under multiple-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion and Mixed Martial Arts pioneer Renzo Gracie of the legendary Gracie Family. While in NYC, Shawn became one of the main instructors under Renzo earning his black belt in 2002.  In 2005, Shawn relocated to the Los Angeles area to spread the Renzo Gracie brand coaching both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. In 2010, he established 5 Star Martial Arts/Renzo Gracie Los Angeles in the Hancock Park and Koreatown area of Los Angeles. The academy has grown into one of the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and martial arts academies in Southern California.

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4th Degree Renzo Gracie Black Belt

Renzo Gracie awarded Shawn his Black Belt on April 2, 2002. He was the 5th recipient to be awarded the rank from the famed NYC Renzo Gracie Academy following such notables as: Ricardo Almeida, Rodrigo Gracie, Matt Serra, and Nick Serra (John Danaher and Shawn were promoted on the same night). He currently holds the rank of Fourth Degree Black Belt under Renzo Gracie.

Coach for Team GSP on The Ultimate Fighter

Shawn has developed many friendships in the martial arts community. His technical and detailed approach to teaching and training has made him a sought-after coach and training partner for many world-class BJJ and MMA fighters. Through the years, he has served as a training partner/coach for training camps for top MMA fighters including Georges St. Pierre, Rodrigo Gracie, Matt Serra, Royce Gracie, and Frank Trigg

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Major Grappling Accomplishments

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

Analyst & Commentator

Analyst and Commentator For Biggest Grappling Events in the World.Shawn is 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

Participated in High Level BJJ & MMA Camps

Shawn has developed many friendships in the martial arts community. His technical and detailed approach to teaching and training has made him a sought-after coach and training partner for many world-class BJJ and MMA fighters. Through the years, he has served as a training partner/coach for training camps for top MMA fighters including Georges St. Pierre, Rodrigo Gracie, Matt Serra, Royce Gracie, and Frank Trigg

Inventor of the Williams Guard​

Williams 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.

Interested in Booking Shawn

Seminars

Shawn has taught seminars around the World. Click the Contact Shawn button below to request more information on hosting Shawn for one or two day seminars. Shawn’s expertise is in areas of Jiu Jitsu, Submission Grappling, MMA, Shootbox, or School Management and Success. 

Commentator/ Analyst

Have a Jiu Jitsu or MMA event? Shawn has called the action on the largest grappling events on the planet for over 10 years running now. Click below to get more information on how to bring Shawn on to your team. 

Private Lessons

One on one or small group privates are immensely beneficial. They can provide a more personalized approach to learning that could accelerate your gains in the arts. There are numerous reasons that one might choose to learn privately over a group setting. If you find that a one on one format might work better for you, then click the Contact Shawn button below to get more information on scheduling and rates.  

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