Biography(references)Their activities included mountain biking, wild caving, snowboarding, clearing brush, bucking firewood, climbing mountains, exploring the high country, and wrestling. Shields was a four-year varsity wrestler and state qualifier at Calaveras High School, finished 2nd place at the Amateur Athletic Union National Freestyle Championships, qualified for U.S.A./ FILA Nationals & World Team Trials in both the junior & university men's divisions. At that time he began training with the Cesar Gracie Fight Team, resulting in a dramatic improvement of the jiu jitsu variety. Shields's American Jiu-Jitsu is a no-gi style of grappling for MMA and self-defense is a complete combat art that combines the relaxed and ready position and submission techniques of Brazilian jiu-jitsu with the explosive takedowns, throws and transitions of wrestling.
Fighter Trivia(references)Shields has a daughter Maddie and is a single father. He appeared in both print and video ads for PETA, touting his vegetarian lifestyle. On August 29, 2011, Shields's father and manager, Jack Shields, died at the age of 67.
Awards & Accolades
USA Wrestling: FILA Junior World Team Trials Qualifier
USA Wrestling: FILA University World Team Trials Qualifier
Amateur Athletic Union: Freestyle Wrestling National Championship runner-up
California Community College Athletic Association: All-American (1997, 1998)
California Community College Athletic Association: All-State Selection (1997, 1998)
California Community College Athletic Association: Western State Conference All First Team Selection (1997, 1998)
California Community College Athletic Association: Collegiate career record: 56–14 (1997–1998)
California Interscholastic Federation: CIF State Championship Qualifier (1997)
California Interscholastic Federation: Mother Lode League Champion (1997)
California Interscholastic Federation: Calaveras High School Wrestling Wall of Fame (1996–1997)
California Interscholastic Federation: Calaveras High School Record for Most Near Falls in a Season (74)
California Interscholastic Federation: Scholastic career record: 108–45 (1993–1997)
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