Marcelo began his martial arts career at age 15 at Academia Jacaré, and had as his first master Romero “Jacaré”. However, due to the great distance from his house to the academy, he ended up training Jiu-Jitsu with master Luis Claudio Isaias, from Academia Carlson Gracie. After a few years, Marcelo was training full time with the legendary team at this gym, having as training partners legends of the sport such as Murilo Bustamante, Sérgio Bolão, Amaury Bitteti and Wallid Ismail, and many others who made history in the 90s.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo graduated from UERJ, getting a degree in economics and then going on to work with the stock market, before forging his path as the owner of a company that imports and distributes tiles and flooring.
Today, Marcelo is a 4th degree black belt from master Sergio Bolão, having competed and won almost all tournaments he has competed in, among them some state-wide, country-wide, 1 Pan-American, and 1 world championship each as a purple and brown belt respectively.
Having lived in California for a year, Marcelo is fluent in English. A dedicated family man, he is married and has one son.
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