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"Superman" spotted atop the podium at IBJJF Worlds in Anaheim, CA

Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"

We came to you just over six months ago to report that Syracuse, New York Featherweight; Shane "Super" Manley (5-5) who was working security at a bar (Orange Crate Brewing Co) in Syracuse, was shot in the stomach while disarming a gunman attempting to enter the establishment following an altercation with another patron. Manley was rushed to Upstate University Hospital, where he worked as a security guard by day, and would undergo emergency surgery to repair the wound left in his abdomen. Shane would eventually endure two surgeries to repair damage to both his small and large intestines as well as his colon.

Manley described the entire experience as "unreal" to me during a phone conversation this week, "I was the only thing between the bullet and a crowd of people," from what he recalls about the moment the gun went off, to showing up at Upstate University Hospital not as an employee but as a patient, in need of urgent care. "I remember showing up to Upstate conscious and fully aware of my injuries." Shane said, and that is where he would spend the next week of his life with a team of doctors and his girlfriend Marissa by his side. Shane was reminded of walking familiar halls with his walker, before graduating to wheeling around his I.V. bag and eventually being released.

After his release Shane found himself with a lot of time on his hands, clearly unable to work or train Shane began his physical recovery by going for walks with his new puppy. "There is a store about half a mile from my house, we would walk there, get him a treat and walk home." After four weeks Manley was cleared to up their daily walks to a brisk jog and after six weeks doctors cleared him to begin a light lifting regiment. "It was crazy," Shane recalled "I was training for a physical test for employment in the weeks leading up to the whole thing. I was 170 pounds, could run a mile and a half in nine minutes and was hitting 72 pushups and situps in 60 seconds. I left the hospital 150 pounds and in a wheelchair, but I'm not the kind of person to cry over things I cannot control."

"I'm not the kind of person to cry over things I cannot control."

Eventually Shane would return to the mats, at first as an instructor; "I began instructing techniques only from top position because my core was still sensitive when rolling," then he progressed to light rolling and eventually made it back to training full time with very few lingering effects physically from the wound. "I've got a pretty big scar down my stomach now, in most positions I don't notice it, but it can still become irritated from rolling." But with clearance from his doctors and one of the most dominant grappling games around in his back pocket, Shane Manley entered the IBJJF Pan No Gi Championships in Texas in October, winning the Lightweight Masters Brown Belt bracket Gold