Professor Mineiro

Marcelo began training in 1999 in Minas Gerais state of Brazil. When he moved to Sao Paulo in 2003, he joined TT (the Terere/Telles Team) where he shared the mats with world champions Rubens Cobrinha and Andre Galvao. In 2006, Marcelo joined the Checkmat team with Leo Vieira and later received his black belt in 2008.

Since then, his coaching led him to train teammates in Ireland, Finland, Poland, and in the UK. In 2014, he joined Professor Leandro Vieira and provided training for the UFC fighters at AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) in San Jose, CA. Today he has dedicated himself to his two academies in the Bay Area cities of Emeryville, California.


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