Anderson Silva was born April 14, 1975, and was one of four siblings. The son of a poverty-stricken family, Silva spent the majority of his childhood with his aunt and uncle, who was an officer in the Curitiba police force.
He first began training in jiu-jitsu with neighborhood kids who could afford lessons, and who then shared their skills with Anderson. In an interview with FIGHT! Magazine he spoke about his passion for Martial Arts; “When I started out, Jiu-Jitsu was really an elite thing in Brazil, and there was some prejudice towards poorer kids, so I had to learn things on my own… Some of my neighbors started doing Jiu-Jitsu, so I started watching them, and then started rolling with them. It wasn’t organized training, but it was better than nothing.” When Silva turned thirteen, he began taking Tae Kwon Do lessons, which led to Capoeira, before finally focusing on Muay Thai at the age of sixteen.
Silva worked in a few different areas, such as fast food and as a file clerk before he focused on the road to fighting. He is an avid fan of comic books and comic book heroes.
Silva is a master of Muay Thai striking. He also has a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, a ranking which he earned in 2005.
Once a member of the Chute Boxe Academy, Silva left to form the Muay Thai Dream Team. In late November 2006, he joined the new team Black House with Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Assuerio Silva, and the Nogueira brothers.
Silva initially fought in his native Brazil in the welter weight category. He made his professional debut in 1997 with a pair of wins.
Taken in part from Wikipedia