Who is Alan Stockman?

by AlanStockman

My name is Alan Stockman.  I currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana, with my wife, Eutemia, and our four wonderful children.   I’m the Owner/Instructor at Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Indianapolis.  Here is a little bit about myself and how I got here.

In 1993, I was a freshman at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.  It was there that I met my friend, Tersandro Santos.  The 1st summer after school, the summer of 1994, I went to visit Tersandro at his home in Fortaleza, Brazil, for several weeks and had a wonderful experience.  This trip convinced me that I had to visit Brazil again sometime soon.

In 1995 I returned to Fortaleza and began studying the language and learning about the culture.  While there I stayed with some of Tersandro’s relatives.  The experience was fascinating and one that I would revisit for years to come.  I returned again in 1996, this time for a couple months in the southern Brazil city of Sao Paulo, and again the same year for about six weeks in Rio de Janeiro.

1997 I again returned to Fortaleza for another six month trip.  This time I was enrolled in a study abroad program through the University of Arizona that included six weeks of intensive Portuguese then a semester studying business at the Universidade Federal de Ceara in Fortaleza.  This trip was one that would change my life forever.  During that year, two things happened that would shape my life:  I met my future wife, Eutemia Martiniano Negreiros, and I began training in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

My first instructor was Luiz Filho.  Luiz had spent most of his time training in Rio de Janeiro with the Gracie family and opened one of the first Jiu Jitsu schools in northeastern Brazil.  He was known for his cunning “closed guard” game.  I looked at a few different schools before deciding on Luiz’s:  Marcus Aurelio, Eduardo Rocha, and Sazinho, but decided to train with Luiz because I liked his style of teaching. Luiz was fun in addition to being a very effective teacher.

At the end of 6 months, I returned to the U.S. with my Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (known as “BJJ” for short).  In Indiana (as with the rest of the Midwest) BJJ was something only a few people were talking about and even fewer were training at that period.  I found a few guys in my home town to train with, organized seminars for my first instructor Luiz Filho, and traveled around the U.S. to learn under some of the top Black Belts at that time:  Reylson Gracie in Boca Raton, Rodrigo Vahgi in St.  Louis, Royce and Rorian Gracie in Los Angeles, Relson Gracie in Honolulu. I worked on my wrestling a little with Dan Severn up in Coldwater, Michigan.  In the beginning of 1998 I also fought 2 Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches in Sturgis, Michigan, at a place called the Black Squirrel.  These were the first of their kind in that area.  The fights here consisted of only one round with no time limit.  My first fight ended up a draw, but I won the second.

In 1998 I traveled three more times to Fortaleza, staying for almost a year and a half on the last trip.  Eutemia and I were married in Brazil and found an apartment.  Before our return to the United States our first daughter, Mikhaele Rhebeca Negreiros Stockman, was born.

While in Brazil, I taught English as a Second Language and continued to train a lot of Jiu Jitsu.  I was getting on the mats between six and eight times a week, often attending both the A.M. and P.M. classes four or five days that week.  The evening classes were the biggest and had the most guys to train with.  The A.M. classes were small enough to allow for more one on one attention.

From 1998 to 1999 I traveled throughout Brazil to compete and train, covering the cities of Recife, Teresina, Porto Alegre, and Rio de Janeiro.  The biggest tournament I competed in was the Campeonato do Sul in Porto Alegre, where I placed third as a Blue Belt in my category.   I also spent a few weeks in southern Brazil training with Sylvio Behring who was a great person and instructor.  He was very hospitable and worked with my game a lot!

Jiu Jitsu was not something that I intentionally set out to do.  I had trained Tae Kwon Do for a couple months when I was younger and it never really captured my attention.  Back then I though all martial arts would produce the same results for me.  So, even when I trained BJJ once in 1995 while in Fortaleza, but without understanding Portuguese and never seeing MMA or BJJ before, I had no idea what I was doing.  It seemed confusing and frustrating to me at that time.  In 1997 I trained a couple of times and still didn’t think much of it until one day Luiz (maybe having sensed my skepticism) had me train with a younger kid who was 13 or 14 and only 125-130lbs.  I was 24 and in great shape from swimming and running, weighing in at a respectable 175-180lbs.  He told me that I needed to tap this kid out because he was cocky, so I tried my best.  What happened next was something I had never seen or experienced before.  This kid totally dominated me in every way.  I didn’t have a clue what was going on, but I did become convinced:  This Jiu Jitsu stuff was amazing!  I was completely hooked from that moment, so I bought a gi (the traditional BJJ uniform) and began training as much as possible from then on.

After returning to the U.S. in 1999, I continued to teach and train whenever and wherever possible, eventually earning my Purple, Brown, and Black Belts.  Jiu Jitsu continued to grow and more and more people were picking up on it.  Jiu Jistu was beginning to become popular and accessible.   It was getting to the point that people no longer had to go to Brazil to learn it.

That same year, I had heard about a Black Belt living up in Detroit, Marcelo Grosso, who had earned his rank from Ricardo De La Riva.  I called up and found that Grosso was traveling in Brazil at the time but he had a Brown Belt named Marcelo Montiero, also under De La Riva, watching his school for him.  I went up and met Montiero and we began training together. I would organize seminars for him while he traveled between the U.S. and Brazil teaching and training, until I helped him permanently relocate to Indianapolis.  I eventually earned my Purple and Brown Belts from Montiero.

Just under two years after receiving my Brown Belt, almost 13 1/2 years after I began training BJJ, I was presented with my Black Belt by Wally Holem from Carlson Gracie Team Mishawaka.  It was a long road but one well worth it and one that continues to be rewarding.

My Lineage:
Mitsuyo “Count Koma” Maeda -> Carlos Gracie Sr. -> Carlson Gracie -> Osiris Maia -> Wally Holem -> Alan Stockman

Career Highlights

  • Earned Blue Belt from Luiz Filho 1997 Fortaleza, Brazil.
  • Earned Purple Belt from second generation Carlson Gracie Black Belt Marcello C. Monteiro 2000.
  • Earned Brown Belt from Monteiro 2009.
  • Earned Black Belt from Carlson Gracie Black Belt Wally Holem in 2011.
  • Co-founded the Michiana Fight League and Bulldog Fight Team in 2006 and worked closely with UFC veterans Steve Lopez and Todd Brown.
  • Spent almost 4 years in Brazil traveling, studying, competing, and training Jiu Jitsu.
  • Fluent in Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Graduated from IUPUI in 2002 with degree in Computer Engineering Technology and a minor in Electrical Engineering.
  • Black Belt recognized by the USBJJF (United States Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) | Affiliation Number:  31927.