Sean Apperson is the head Jiu Jitsu instructor at Paragon Santa Barbara and has been involved with the grappling arts most of his life. Starting out in club wrestling in Northern California Sean found an early love for the grappling arts. In 2001 Sean began his training at the famous Paragon Jiu Jitsu club in Santa Barbara under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller. Sean spent several years in LA training with Renzo Gracie Black belt Shawn Williams and 1987 NCAA Champ Rico Chiapparelli. In 2004 Sean finished his studies at UCLA and moved back to Santa Barbara to complete his training where it all started. In the winter of 2009 Sean received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Sean is currently working on his Black belt in Judo and training under Steve Hoyt at the Santa Barbara Judo club.