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Marcel Gonçalves

Marcel Gonçalves

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Marcel Gonçalves is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, recognized as the very first student of the prestigious grappling coach. Gonçalves is one of the top lightweights of his generation having medalled in important tournaments such as the IBJJF No-Gi World Championships, the IBJJF World Championships as well as the IBJJF Pan American and FIVE Grappling’s North American Invitational Championship.

Marcel Gonçalves Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Marcel Goulart Cubel Goncalves

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson G. > Francisco Albuquerque > Roberto Abreu > Marcel Gonçalves

Main Achievements:

  • Pan American No-Gi Champion (2010 brown)
  • Metamoris Challenger Champion (2015)
  • South American Champion (2007 blue weight + absolute)
  • FIVE NAIC Grappling Champion (2014)
  • World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2007 purple, 2009/2010 brown)
  • Miami International Open Runner-up (2015)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2008 purple)
  • World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2011)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2008 purple, 2009 brown)
  • NY International Open 3rd Place (2011)
  • Miami International Open 3rd Place (2011/2012)

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs) + Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: Fight Sports

Marcel Gonçalves Biography

Marcel Gonçalves was born on December 15, 1986 in the region of Pantanal. The world’s largest tropical wetland area located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul – Brazil.

Marcel’s parents enlisted him in judo when he was 5 to 6 years old, hoping martial arts training would instil dedication and hard working ethics in the young Gonçalves.

During his early teenage years Marcel lost his mother. Unable to deal with his feelings; the sense of loss, sadness and anger led him down to more obscure walks of life. He learned how to overcome his grief through jiu jitsu, a martial art he started practicing in 2002.

Although Marcel started training with coach Isaías, once Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu opened the doors of his academy (close to the Gonçalves’s residence), Marcel immediately joined his gym, becoming Cyborg’s very first student.

In 2007, as a blue belt, Marcel travelled to the United States in order to compete at the IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Championships. He decided to stay in the northern hemisphere for a while longer to improve his English, travelling to Canada with his teammate Jake Mackenzie to train with him there. While staying with Mackenzie, Cyborg moved to the USA to set camp in Florida, he would later bring Gonçalves to his academy and help establish his base there.

During 2008 Marcel spent time in California, training at the Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club with instructor Marcos Vinicius who promoted Gonçalves to purple belt. All other jiu jitsu promotions were handed by coach Abreu, including his black belt, which he received in 2010.

Having helped in establishing Fight Sports’ brand name in Miami, Marcel would later establish his own FS branch in Naples, on the opposite side of Florida’s peninsula.

Marcel Gonçalves has also competed in mixed martial arts (MMA), making his debut in 2011, a career that led him to Bellator. One of the top MMA promotions in the world.

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