Marcelo Garcia

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  • Full Name: Marcelo “Marcelinho” Garcia
  • Birthday: January 17, 1983
  • Affiliation: Alliance Jiu Jitsu

Marcelo Garcia is a renowned Jiu-Jitsu born on January 17, 1983 in the town of Formiga in the state Minas Gerais, Brazil. His interest in martial arts began at a young age influenced by 1980’s films such as Karate Kid. Although Jiu-Jitsu classes were not available in the small town of Formiga, this did not dent his ambition to start practicing Karate at the tender age of eight.

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Kata Rigidity Doubts

For the next few years, Garcia practiced and honed his mastery of the Kata fighting technique. However, he began doubting the suitability and applicability of Kata’s rigid fighting style in real world situations. As a result, hestopped practicing Karate after four years and cooled his heels for until one year later a friend invited him to attend a Judo class taught by Judoka Fabiano de Souza. Though still unsold on the idea of grappling, Garcia decided to give martial arts another jab. Over time, Garcia’s love of martial arts grew as he racked up wins at tournaments. At the same time, he started attending Jiu-Jitsu classes thrice a week at a neighboring town called Devinopolis accompanied by his Judo instructor. However, he realized that his hometown of Formiga did not offer the training opportunities that would propel him to World Champion status after visiting a Gracie Barra academy in the city of Ribeirao Preto (Sao Paolo state). At this academy, he saw fighters using advanced techniques such as “spider.”

Stepping into the Big League

While mulling over relocation, Marcelo attended a state tournament and met Paulo Rezende who invited him to join and train full time at his academy. He accepted and began training four times a day. Shortly thereafter, Rezende enlisted him to fight in the adult absolute division at a tournament although Marcelo was a junior. Despite personal misgivings, he made it to the final where he defeated a much larger opponent in a grueling 45-minute fight.

marcelo and Fabio Gurgel

His confidence elevated, he went on to win the State championship and Mundial before moving to Sao Paolo where he teamed up with BJJ instructor Fabio Gurgel. He entered the Brazilian ADCC trials as an underdog and surprisingly trounced Renzo Gracie and Vitor Ribeiro to emerge the victor. Marcelo also entered and won the World Championships, Submission de Campos, and ADCC again. Having reached the pinnacle of BJJ and Submission Wrestling, Marcelo decided to try mixed martial arts (MMA) and joined the Florida MMA academy. In 2009, he opened his own academy in New York and declared during a March 2010 interview that he was done with MMA and returning to BJJ. The same year, he won the World Championships. In 2011, Marcelo awarded two of his academy’s students (Josh Waitzkin and Alexander Meadows) black belts. Since then, his academy has become the premier grappling school in the world.

Conclusion

Marcelo Garcia is a legendary grappler and Jiu-Jitsu who has won numerous titles and accolades including the ADCC, Pan-Am Champion, World Champion, and Brazilian National Champion. His favorite submission techniques include Guillotine, Arm-Drag, and X-Guard.

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Result Opponent Method Event Gi/No-Gi Date Notes Record
Win Leo Vieira Submission (Triangle Choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2011 Wins gold in ADCC 4th time 75-11
Win Kron Gracie Points (2-0) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2011 74-11
Win Victor Estima Submission (Guillotine) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2011 73-11
Win David Hart Submission (Guillotine) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2011 72-11
Win Lucas Leite Points (2-0) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division finals Gi 2011 71-11
Win Gustavo Campos Submission (Armbar) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division semi-finals Gi 2011 70-11
Win Victor Estima Points (2-0) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division quarter-finals Gi 2011 69-11
Win n/a Points World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) Gi 2011 68-11
Win n/a Points World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) Gi 2011 67-11
Win Claudio Calasans Points (2-0) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division finals Gi 2010 66-11
Win Kayron Gracie Points (5-0) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division semi-finals Gi 2010 65-11
Win Murilo Santana Points (8-2) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division quarter-finals Gi 2010 64-11
Win Bruno Alves Submission (North-South Choke) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) Gi 2010 63-11
Win N/A Submission (North-South Choke) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) Gi 2010 62-11
Loss Braulio Estima Submission (Ezekiel Choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2009 61-11
Win Bruno Bastos Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2009 61-10
Loss Pablo Popovitch Points (1-3) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2009 60-10
Win K-Taro Nakamura Submission (guillotine choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2009 60-9
Win Kron Gracie Submission (guillotine choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2009 59-9
Win Rodney Ellis Submission (guillotine choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2009 58-9
Win Lucas Leite Points (6-0) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division semi-finals Gi 2009 Closed division with teammate Sergio Moraes 57-9
Win Tiago Alves Vantages (4-2) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division Gi 2009 56-9
Win Nik Ruben Nikolaisen Submission (choke) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division Gi 2009 55-9
Loss Braulio Estima Submission (triangle choke) World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup (Absolute Division) Gi 2009 3rd Place 2009 Absolute Division 54-9
Win Victor Estima Submission (choke) World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup (Absolute Division) Gi 2009 54-8
Win Eduardo Santoro Points World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup (Absolute Division) Gi 2009 53-8
Win Elmoutti Azedine Submission (choke) World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup (Absolute Division) Gi 2009 52-8
Loss Michael Langhi Points (advantage) World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup (-75KG Division) Gi 2009 2nd Place 2009 -75KG Division 50-8
Win Michel Maia Submission (rear naked choke) World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup (-75KG Division) Gi 2009 52-7
Loss Robert Drysdale Submission (D’arce choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2007 2nd Place 2007 ADCC Absolute Division 51-7
Win Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2007 50-6
Win Rolles Gracie Verbal Submission (armbar) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2007 49-6
Win Mario Miranda Submission (north/south choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2007 48-6
Win Pablo Popovitch Submission (north/south choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2007 Wins 2007 ADCC U76 Division 47-6
Win Mike Fowler Submission (guillotine choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2007 46-6
Win Kurt Pellegrino Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2007 45-6
Win George Sotiropoulos Submission (guillotine choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2007 44-6
Win Gregor Gracie Submission (north/south choke) Grapplers Quest (Superfight Tournament) No-Gi 2007 43-6
Win Marcos Avellan Submission (rear naked choke) Grapplers Quest (Superfight Tournament) No-Gi 2007 42-6
Win Edson Diniz Submission (Choke) Pan American Championship – middleweight finals Gi 2007 Wins 2007 Pan American middleweight division 41-6
Win Adriano Silva Submission (Armbar) Pan American Championship – middleweight semi-finals Gi 2007 40-6
Win Rodrigo Texieira Submission (Armlock) Pan American Championship – middleweight quarter-finals Gi 2007 39-6
Win Jake Shields Submission (guillotine choke) PSL: X-Mission No-Gi 2006 38-6
Loss Roger Gracie Submission (choke) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – absolute division semi-finals Gi 2006 37-6
Win Robert Drysdale Points (3-0) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – absolute division Gi 2006 37-5
Win Thiago Gaia Submission World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – absolute division Gi 2006 36-5
Win Andre Galvao Points (2-0) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division finals Gi 2006 Wins 2006 Mundials middleweight division 35-5
Win Daniel Moraes Disqualification (stalling) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division semi-finals Gi 2006 34-5
Win Murilo Santana World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division Gi 2006 33-5
Win Cameron Earle Submission (north/south choke) PSL: LA Sub-X No-Gi 2006 32-5
Win Demian Maia Points Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – absolute division finals Gi 2006 Wins 2006 Brasileiro absolute division 31-5
Win Andre Galvao Submission (Choke) Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – absolute division semi-finals Gi 2006 30-5
Win Adriano Camolesi Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – absolute division Gi 2006 29-5
Win Roberto de Abreu Submission (Lapel Choke) Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – absolute division Gi 2006 28-5
Win Andre Galvao Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – middleweight division finals Gi 2006 Wins 2006 Brasileiro middleweight division 27-5
Win Gustavo Campos Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – middleweight division semi-finals Gi 2006 26-5
Win Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2005 Wins Bronze 2005 ADCC Absolute Division 25-5
Loss Ronaldo “Jacare” Desouza Submission (kimura) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2005 24-5
Win Diego Sanchez Submission (armbar) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2005 24-4
Win Ricco Rodriguez Submission (Heel Hook) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2005 23-4
Win Pablo Popovitch Submission (Wristlock) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2005 Wins 2005 ADCC U76 Division 22-4
Win Leo Santos Points ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2005 21-4
Win Shinya Aoki Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2005 20-4
Win Chris Brennan Technical submission ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2005 19-4
Loss Roger Gracie Points (10-2) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – absolute division semi-finals Gi 2004 18-4
Win Cássio Werneck Points (9-0) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division finals Gi 2004 Wins 2004 Mundials middleweight division 18-3
Win Flávio Serafim Submission (Choke) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – middleweight division semi-finals Gi 2004 17-3
Loss Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro points (6-0) Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – absoloute division finals Gi 2004 2nd Place 2004 Brasileiro absolute division 16-3
Win Eric Vanderlei Submission (Choke) Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – absolute division semifinals Gi 2004 16-2
Win Marcio Corleta Submission (Choke) Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – absolute division Gi 2004 15-2
Win Flávio Serafim Submission (Armbar) Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – middleweight division finals Gi 2004 Wins 2004 Brasileiro middleweight division 14-2
Win Felipe “Cranivata” Simão Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Brasileiro) – middleweight division semifinals Gi 2004 13-2
Win Renato “Babalu” Sobral Points (6-0) Campos Submission Wrestling 3 Absolute No-Gi 2004 Wins 2003 Campos Absolute Division 12-2
Win Gabriel Gonzaga Points (4-0) Campos Submission Wrestling 3 Absolute No-Gi 2004 11-2
Win Marcos Oliveira Submission (rear naked choke) Campos Submission Wrestling 3 Absolute No-Gi 2004 10-2
Win Thales Leites Submission (rear naked choke) Campos Submission Wrestling 3 -87KG No-Gi 2004 Wins 2003 Campos U87 Division 9-2
Win Bruno Bastos Submission (rear naked choke) Campos Submission Wrestling 3 -87KG No-Gi 2004 8-2
Win Leonardo Nascimento Submission (armbar) Campos Submission Wrestling 3 -87KG No-Gi 2004 7-2
Loss Fernando “Terere” Augusto Submission (triangle choke) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – Finals Middle Weight Division Gi 2003 6-2
Win Marcelo Brito Submission (rear naked choke) World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials) – Semi-Finals Middle Weight Division Gi 2003 6-2
Loss Marcio Cruz Points (6-0) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2003 5-1
Win Mike Van Arsdale Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (Absolute Division) No-Gi 2003 5-0
Win Otto Olsen Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2003 Wins 2003 ADCC U76 Division 4-0
Win Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2003 3-0
Win Renzo Gracie Points (9-0) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2003 2-0
Win Kiuma Kunioku Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (66–76 kg Division) No-Gi 2003 1-0

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