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Marcelo grew up in Rio de Janeiro and started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1991 at the original Gracie Barra Gym with Master Carlos Gracie Junior. Carlos is the son of Carlos Gracie Sr, the original founder of the fighting style now known worldwide as Gracie “Brazilian” Jiu Jitsu. Marcelo began his path to the black belt among the best, studying at the multi world champion Gracie Barra Gym; home to Brazil’s greatest BJJ fighters.
Click here to read a 2014 Interview from Professor Marcelo about his path to making Jiu Jitsu his career.
After completing his University degree in Business Administration in Brazil, Marcelo went on a three-month trip to Australia in 2001 to improve his fluency in English. During his stay, he met experts in other martial arts and was invited to teach in the Blue Mountains which sparked his idea to devote his life to spreading Jiu Jitsu throughout Australia. With the support of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. he opened the first Gracie Barra school in Australia. His original school has grown to become Gracie Barra Sydney located in Brookvale, NSW which is the headquarters for the Gracie Barra in the Oceania region.
Marcelo is recognized as one of the best grappling coaches in the Oceania and Asia/Pacific region and he has taught Jiu Jitsu techniques to top rugby teams like the Sydney Roosters and ACT Brumbies as well as Wallabies players. In 2007 he established a local partnership with one of the leading teams in the NRL, the Manly Sea Eagles. Specifically Marcelo and his Gracie Barra team train the Manly Sea Eagles on improving mental and physical conditioning and teach them to adapt Jiu Jitsu techniques to the game of rugby. Since 2007 the Manly Sea Eagles have secured two Premierships (2008 & 2011), one Runners-up (2013) and one World Club Challenge (2009).
Click here to read an article from the Daily Telegraph “Sea Eagles hire Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Marcelo Rezende”
Marcelo has a personal interest in MMA and helped developed the first MMA curriculum for Fitness approved by Fitness Australia. This curriculum was developed for the company ‘MMA Fitness’ for which he is also a co-Founder and Director.
Marcelo has coached many champions in Jiu Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts at International standard. He trained Mark Hunt who is recognised as one of the most successful MMA fighters in the Oceania region and was also a K1 Kickboxing Grand Prix Champion. Marcelo coached Mark when he fought for the World Title in Pride which was the largest MMA organisation at the time, now Mark continues to have a successful career as a prominent fighter in the UFC. Marcelo has trained other UFC fighters as well, including James Te Huna and Brad Morris.
He has made it his life’s work to improve people’s lives through Jiu Jitsu. Marcelo estimates Gracie Barra has roughly 2000 students in Australia. He is Gracie Barra’s Regional Director for the Oceania region, laying the foundation for Gracie Barra instructors to teach Jiu Jitsu across Australia and New Zealand. His passion for entrepreneurialism led him to develop the first Overseas Visa Training Course for Jiu Jitsu in Australia. This was a student visa program that gave overseas students an opportunity to learn Jiu Jitsu while living in Australia.
Marcelo is proud to have fought in the first black belt match held in Australia as well as the first in New Zealand as these events represented the beginning of high level Jiu Jitsu competitions in the Oceania region. To this day, Marcelo enjoys pushing his training regime to prepare for high level competitions. In 2014 he placed third in the Masters division at the World Masters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship (IBJJF) held in California. His competition history also includes: Pan American Champion (IBJJF) and International Master & Seniors Champion (IBJJF).
Click here for an Interview from Professor Marcelo with Blitz Magazine about the development of Jiu Jitsu in Australia
In 2002 Marcelo became one of the founding members and directors of the NSW Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, today he is also the Australian liaison for the Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championships, facilitating their competitions in the region. He also took part in organising the first Sydney Open in 2015, which was the first IBJJF competition in Sydney, Australia.
Many people do not know that Marcelo developed the first application for mobile devices for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (in the Gi) called BJJ Master released in 2008. It is no longer available for download, but look out for new projects ahead!
Those that know Marcelo agree that he continuously dedicates his life to the Jiu Jitsu for Everyone Project, and lives a Jiu Jitsu lifestyle. Through his passion, professionalism and dedication to Jiu Jitsu he hopes to have Gracie Barra schools in every community in the Oceania Region helping improve people’s lives. He is very proud to lead a strong team of Professors and Coaches in the Oceania region who all play a large part in spreading the benefits of Jiu Jitsu to our communities.
- IBJJF Asian Open Champion
- 2x IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion
- 2x Australia National Champion
- 8x NSW State Champion
- Abu Dhabi Continental Champion
- GB Compnet Sydney 2018 Brown/Black Weight & Open Weight Champion
At first I was just a hobby that I practised a few times a week, but now it's all I think about. It gives me a purpose in life. I want to be the best I can possibly be, while improving other people's lives too. Jiu-Jitsu constantly gives me a drive I can continue to work on!
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of our life as a champion."
- Muhammad Ali
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, going to the gym, watching sports, spending time with family and friends!
I had a early connection to martial arts back in Brazil when I was young. I practiced judo and really enjoyed it. Once we moved to Australia, we never found a judo school nearby so I played every other sport from rugby to swimming. Until one day, my Mum found a GB school, so we went there and the moment I got thrown to the mats, I knew I had found my home. I knew I had found my family!
I began training at the age of 13, and recently became one of the first students to start as a white belt kid, and develop to a black belt man under Professor Marcelo Rezende.
- 3x State Champion (Gi)
- State Champion (No-Gi)
- Triple Bull Champion
- Sydney Cup Champion
- UAEJJF Oceania Continental Pro Silver Medallist
- GB Compnet Sydney 2018 Open Weight Silver Medallist
Nowadays, it's about helping people understand that it can help improve your life!
"Ultimately, it's you versus you."
Surfing, gym, podcasts and cooking.
As a kid, I loves surfing and playing rugby. Eventually, I got sick of it and wanted to try something different.
When I was 14 years old, I went to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Professor Marcelo Rezende. Everyone was so friendly and my mind was blown when I began to learn the positions and the submissions. I was hooked straight away and ever since then, I've been training and competing in martial arts.
To this day, I haven't experienced anything like that feeling and energy you get from being on the mats with your teammates.
- 1st Place Dallas International Open
- 2nd Place Spring Open
- 1st Place Gracie Barra Compnet
- 2nd Place American Nationals
- 3rd Place at World No-Gi Championships
- 3rd Place Rio Open
- 1st Place BH Open No-Gi
- 2nd Place BH Open
- 1st Place Brazilian Nationals
For me, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is my life. It has made me who I am now, gave me my best friends, and also the opportunity to live in California and now in Sydney.
"I believe if everyone trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the world would be a better place."
- Master Carlos Gracie Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mountain biking, UFC and spending time with my friends.
I had an early connection to martial arts, doing judo at 6 years old, but I stopped when I was 12.
At 13 years old, I missed the martial arts, and because of a friend, I decided to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It was aftewr my first class that I knew that I would never stop.
After more than 13 years of doing Jiu-Jitsu, and now that I'm a black belt, I can tell that was the best decision of my life. I made friends, I got more confident, and found a place where I feel at home!
- GB Compnet North America Open Weight Champion
- 3x GB Compnet Oceania Champion
- 3x NSWBJJF Champion
To me, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a way of life. After so many years, it is not simply something that I do, it is something that I live for.
"Be as just and enthusiastic about others victories as you are with yours."
- Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, surfing, skateboarding and spending time with my son.
I started training when I was 13 years old, however I stopped after a year due to school commitments. However, I always had the desire to come back to Jiu-Jitsu.
After a few years of living in Australia, a friend of mine brought me to Gracie Barra Sydney. That was in 2011, and I have been here ever since!
I am a brown belt under Professor Marcelo Rezende. Ever since I started training at Gracie Barra Sydney, I feel like this is my family away from home, and I hope to make sure that everyone who walks through the doors feels the same way I do.
- 2017 IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion
- 2018 IBJJF Pan Pacific Silver Medallist
- 2018 NSW State Champion
- UAEJJF Australia National Pro Champion
Now I can say Jiu-Jitsu is the centre of my life. I refer to all situations through the lessons I learned through Jiu-Jitsu. It is my sport, my therapy and where I made my best friends. I couldn't live without Jiu-Jitsu in my life!
"Reality is created by the mind. We can change our reality by changing our mind."
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, sports, camping and self-education through podcasts and books.
I had an early start with sports in my life, starting with swimming when I was 1 year old, and Judo when I was 6 years old, but I had to stop as I moved suburbs.
When I was 20, a friend invited my to try Jiu-Jitsu and fell in love with it.
After a long break, and moving to Australia, I realised there was a Gracie Barra near where I lived.
8 years later, and I'm training under Prof. Marcelo Rezende and following his path to become a full-time Jiu-Jitsu teacher. This is my dream, and my purpose is to help people through Jiu-Jitsu.
- Abu Dhabi Para Jiu-Jitsu World Champion
It’s my favourite way to exercise. I don’t think about anything else when I’m rolling. I love the problem solving and therapeutic benefits, but most importantly the healthy lifestyle and the relationships I’ve made on and around the mats. It’s the best tool for self awareness and personal development.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, water sports, food and travel.
I love physical sports, growing up in Fiji gave me a love for rugby and boxing. I’ve always loved the martial arts from Bruce Lee movies and the early UFC. I’ve done karate, tae kwon do, muay-thai and boxing. I used to swim competitively. After deciding to try Jiu-Jitsu I was in love from day one. It had such an impact on me that I asked to work at GB after 6 months of training and have been here since. I love introducing people to Jiu-Jitsu and helping them on their journeys. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch thousands of people transform their lives through Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu.
I have a chance to travel all over the world and train in many GB Schools. Gracie Barra Sydney with Prof. Marcelo and his team is top notch. What an incredible welcoming and positive atmosphere, for kids and adults and at the same time incredibly technical training sessions. I definitely got my body, mind and heart worked here!
I've been training at Gracie Barra in Brookvale for more than 2 years now and love it!! It is my first experience in martial arts and the staff made it so easy that now i am very proud to represent the team in competitions whenever i can. Coaches are so great with kids, I can't wait to give mine a try next september!
Coaches are really nice and friendly. Gym is super clean and welcoming. Really good place for women :)
If your ever curious about bjj and want to know more jump into Brookvale Gracie Barra they were very friendly and encouraging and will be happy to help or to answer any questions you have.Very clean Gym. Come and try it out, you will only regret it if you don’t!
Gracie Barra Sydney is by far the best Jiu Jitsu school in Sydney. If you're a seasoned competitor, a newcomer, male, female, or child, this school is for you.
Gracie Barra Sydney is a world class jiu jitsu gym. Professor Marcelo and all of the team there do an amazing job teaching jiu jitsu for everyone in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment.
There are a large number of students to train with, whether fundamentals or advanced classes, sparring or the regular competition training sessions with high level GB competitors.
Gracie Barra Sydney has made such a positive impact on my life and I’m fortunate to have found this gym. I have made many friends here. I would highly recommend Gracie Barra Sydney to anyone. I was hesitant to try jiu jitsu at first, but now couldn’t imagine a life without training at Gracie Barra Sydney
I started training at GB Sydney in 2012, and have never looked back. It’s the only hobby/sport I have done that has turned into a lifestyle I am passionate about. I really think my love and enjoyment for bjj has to do with how it is taught and passed down to me and the encouraging culture at Gracie Barra. Marcelo is a dynamic and welcoming teacher and that’s the vibe in the whole gym. As a female, I love the confidence I’ve gained from learning self-defense here and seeing women of all ages and walks of life loving bjj as well. As someone not living in my home country, I love having GB Sydney as my family and home in Australia. If you’re scared to try something that’s out of your comfort zone ….. give yourself the chance and try a class. Everyone there will tell you they remember taking that first step as well. :) :) :)
A great place where I do like to be and spend at least 4 days per week training. With and amazing environment be a part of GB team changed completely my life for good! Awesome coachs and authentic method of teache, make the class much more interesting and pleasurable!
I've been training at Gracie barra Sydney for 7 years and every year the school just gets better.Professor Marcelo Rezende and his structors are always bringing the best positive energy to training sessions.No matter your level you aways feel welcomed from everyone. Definitely the best school in Australia.If you have kids I highly recommend to the little ones!!!!
I have been training martial arts for over than twenty years, but bjj I just started one and a half years ago. Since the first day I loved, it doesn't matter if you want to be a competitor, if you want to lose weight or if you just want to make friends, have fun and pratice one sport, gracie barra is the place.
The facilities are great and the coaches are very attentive and focused to pass the knowledge.
I really recommend.
Gracie Barra Sydney is a unique place. To me it's more then just a martial arts school, it's my second home. Since my first day at GB Sydney everyone has treated me like family and I'm lucky to have so many great people around me on a daily basis pushing me to reach my goals. You will find everything you need here from modern facility, world class curriculum based instruction, great staff members and much more. The level of instruction from professor Marcelo is world class, his ability to break down techniques for sport and self defence Jiu-Jitsu are second to none but his greatest assets are his caring nature and drive to bring out the best in his students no matter what their goals may be. Whether it's to get fit again, learn self-defence, competition or even just to make friends I wouldn't look any further then this awesome place. Take the first step in this amazing journey and let Jiu-Jitsu change your life for the better like it did mine. OSS!
“The first feeling I had after (the competition) this morning was the warmth of gratefulness and pride that comes from being part of Gracie Barra. I know there was a time in my life when I didn’t do jiu jitsu, but now I can’t fathom life without it. Thank you for your support, your knowledge, friendship, putting up with minor meltdowns before comp, making me laugh, making sure I don’t die, challenging me constantly, being all-around amazing and giving me more than I could have ever expected from a sport.”
“Marcelo has been a pioneer in grappling sports in Australia. I first engaged him at the Brumbies in 2004, and he quickly developed a syllabus of grappling drills that were specific to rugby from both a technical and condition perspective. Furthermore, when at the Wallabies in 2005-2007 I sent many players to him for individual and small group training. Without exception, the players love his sessions and appreciate the value for specific game preparation. Eight years on, I still seek to update my knowledge with Marcelo. He is the best grappling coach I have worked with.”
“Marcelo has been fantastic in helping us design our contact skill and conditioning programs for the 2012/2013 pre-season and season. His technical skill and coaching ability set him apart from other coaches. He has a long history with the Brumbies conditioning team”
Such an amazing, welcoming, safe and friendly facility with world class instruction and a real family atmosphere - regardless of if you are someone training to get fit, have fun or compete.
The Instructors and staff always welcome you with a genuine and happy smile, are willing to share their knowledge and the training can be at your own pace or push you out of your comfort zone depending on your individual goals.
Im proud to train here and recommend GB Sydney to everyone I meet
Amazing academy to learn jiu jitsu. Great people and amazing coaches.
Highly recommend this place. I started jiu-jitsu 3 years ago and never regretted my choice. Gracie Barra is much more than a jiu-jitsu school, the philosophy reaches well-being in different aspects of life especially developing a stronger body and mind. Professors and coaches are amazing, they are always supporting the students and keeping everybody motivated. As a woman I can say that’s the best place to train jiu-jitsu, full of respect and friendly environment. It’s truly jiu-jitsu for everyone!
Brilliant, welcoming team. Knowledgeable and friendly instructors.