Jake Shields started amateur wrestling when he was 9 years old. He captured many titles through highschool and University including 2nd in the Amateur Athletic Union, qualified for U.S.A./ Fila Nationals & World Team, and in the summer of 2001 he received a wrestling scholarship to SF State. At that time he began his training with the Cesar Gracie MMA Fighting Team. Shields continued to improve on the kickboxing skills he picked up with Chuck Liddell, by cross-training with the professional Muay Thai kickboxing team at the Fairtex combat Academy. In February 2007, he became black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Cesar Gracie.
Shields developed his own fighting style called "American Jiu-Jitsu". His American Jiu-Jitsu for MMA and self-defense is a complete combat art that combines the relaxed & ready position with submission techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that also includes the explosive takedowns, throws and transitions of world class wrestling.
Previous Championships & Awards:
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship (One time)
Shooto Middleweight Championship (One time)
Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Tournament Winner
Elite XC Welterweight Championship (One time, first)
Upcoming UFC Canada Fight
Toronto UFC 129 against Georges St-Pierre on Apr 30, 2011 for Welterweight title.
Training: 2-3 times a day, 5-6 days a week. Wrestling/ Jiu Jitsu, Boxing/ Kickboxing, plus three days a week strength and conditioning.
What was your job before you started fighting? I did some brush and firewood cutting as a teen. My last job besides teaching BJJ and MMA was as a managing mover for Meathead Moving while in college. The person moving would rent a moving truck, and I would show up with a couple college wrestlers and we would pack and load the truck. Then we would follow them to their new home and unload. I made pretty good money for doing the paperwork and helping to load and unload.
Favorite grappling technique: Chokes
Favorite Striking technique: Body and leg kicks