Get to Know Your Teammate: Ross "the Boss" Sharrer

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Ross Sharrer, often referred to as Ross the Boss, is one of 10th Planet Bethlehem’s purple belts and started training at Bethlehem Finishers back in 2014, or as they say “since before the wall pads.”  He originally got into training jiu jitsu because he would watch old Pride and UFC VHS tapes and the jiu jitsu guys always fascinated him.  Just judging by the way they carried themselves, Ross could tell that jiu jitsu was more than just fighting and he always kept an eye out for places to train in his area.  Eventually, when Zach and JM opened an academy, Ross had a feeling he would fit in and he saw how much Zach and JM sacrificed in order to make their own path and follow their dreams and really respected that.  In settling on Finishers MMA as his school of choice, Ross mentioned how he noticed their passion for teaching, which often pushes them to compete at the professional levels just to set an example for their students.  Ross considers them together to be an Encyclopedia of martial arts, as they both have different styles but they're always evolving and bringing in high level competitors from all over the world.  Between the high level teaching and insanely talented training partners, Ross has made Finishers his home and has been training there ever since.

 Ross receiving his purple belt December 2017

Ross receiving his purple belt December 2017

When asked who his jiu jitsu heroes are, Ross’s top 5 dead or alive list includes Marcelo Garcia, Rickson Gracie, Jean Jacques Machado, Grace Gundrum & Jon Blank.  Obviously he is in the right place training at Finishers since 2 out of 5 on that list are his current training partners.  Like many in the 10th Planet system, Ross’s favorite ruleset is submission only with EBI overtime.  With that said, he has competed under many different rulesets and promotions since he began training such as Grapplers Quest, Good Fight, NAGA, IBJJF and some promotions he can't even remember.  The competitions he is most proud of are the ones where he had a stacked division and had to win 6 or 7 matches in order to secure gold.  He also is always impressed when someone is really down in a match under pressure and defends to comeback all the way to a submission, or as he calls it, the “deep water counter puncher.”  That tends to impress him more than any one specific submission.  When I first started training at Finishers, Ross was still just a blue belt but he entered a local NAGA tournament and submitted a brown belt via cloverleaf in impressive fashion.  I distinctly remember being amazed that he was able to so easily submit someone with such a higher ranking than him.  Eddie Bravo himself reposted the clip on Instagram and it has received over a quarter million likes, so obviously I wasn’t the only person impressed. You can check it out below.

Outside of his jiu jitsu training alone, Ross has helped develop the Finishers brand in a huge way with his skills when it comes to audio, video and really everything technology related.  Ross is the mastermind behind the Finishers Podcast and the Finishers Sub Only live streams, among other things.  He helps to contribute to the school in any way he can by doing things as simple as helping to clean the mats or training, or filming and editing videos for promo materials for bigger events, such as EBI.  He films a lot particularly when Finishers students are in camp and tries to do as much as he can with production and promotion so that the fighters can just focus on training.  The quality of the Finishers Sub Only live streams has always been top notch because of Ross’s skills and has just been getting better as the years go on.  Just this last Finishers Sub Only event, Ross even went so far as to scale the building since it was held at a new location in order to duct-tape some ethernet cable for the stream to be set up properly.  Even more recently, he has had the opportunity to use his video skills to film interviews for other EBI competitors on the east coast, not just those that have come from Finishers. 

 Ross filming at the most recent Eddie Bravo seminar

Ross filming at the most recent Eddie Bravo seminar

What is most impressive about Ross’s tech skills is that he is pretty much solely self-taught.  He has always been motivated to learn, but school was never a good experience for him.  He grew up in a family of mechanics who had him in the shop turning wrenches and taking things apart for as long as he could remember, so he took a lot from that experience.  He maintains that hands-on mindset today and it has enabled him to troubleshoot through all sorts of technical problems he has encountered along the way.  As far as his career goes, Ross works as an IT Engineer fixing and maintaining computer systems for a large ISP Network.  After over a decade of freelance work, he has largely stopped taking on outside clients.  This past year he finally was able to build a studio to focus on making films and personal projects, and this is also where he now records the Finishers Podcasts.  He plans to work on a lot of new material for the Finishers.TV website, Finishers Podcast and the FinishersMMA Youtube channel.  With all of the different ways Ross contributes to the squad, from his skills on the mat to his technology prowess, I’m sure you can see why he has been deemed “Ross the Boss.”