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Ze Marcello Jiu Jitsu Head Instructor

About the Instructor

Born and raised in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Zé Marcello is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt under Sergio “Bolao” Souza.

With over 16 years of training, Zé Marcello has competed in the most prestigious BJJ tournaments in the world and is affiliated with the world famous Brazilian Top Team.

Having retied from competing professionally in 2002, Zé Marcello has since dedicated  his time to teaching Brazilian jiu jitsu and currently resides in the UK as of February 06.

His hobbies also include Surfing, Snowboard and playing the acoustic guitar.

His list of achievements include:
1st place – European Heavyweight champion 08
1st place – European Absolute champion 08
1st place – Mundial world championship 97
1st place – Brazilian tournament 96 and 97
1st place – Brazilian team tournament 97
1st place – Pan American champion 97
1st place – Urban Gorillaz UK 06
2nd place – Mundial world championship 98 and 02
2nd place – Pan American champion 96
3rd place – Mundial world championship 96 and 99
3rd place – Pan American championship 96 and 00

About the class

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport and a form of self-defense that focuses on grappling, especially ground fighting.

It was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan Judo in the early 20th century, which was itself then, a recently-developed system (founded in 1882), based on multiple schools (or Ryu) of Japanese jujutsu.

It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend himself against a bigger, stronger assailant using leverage and proper technique; most notably, by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person.

Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense, Sparring (commonly referred to as ‘rolling’) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.