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Marcos Cerqueira

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Marcos Cerqueira is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under André “Negao” Terencio. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he moved to the United States in 2008 and today he teaches in Houston – Texas at the Heights BJJ School.

Marcos Cerqueira in Detail

Full Name: Marcos Antonio Cerqueira Batista

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansur > Carlos Henrique > André Terencio > Marcos Cerqueira

Main Achievements:

  • Rio de Janeiro Trials Champion (2002);
  • Copa Paes Champion (1999);
  • Gavazza Cup Champion (1998);
  • Copa da Ilha Champion (1997);
  • Silver Medallist at the Copa Cyclone – Lagos (1998);

Team/Association: Heights BJJ

Marcos Cerqueira Biography

Marcos Cerqueira was born on the 1st of December 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Marcos picked up Jiu Jitsu in adolescence (1994), he practiced sports at the “Atletica da Tijuca” academy were some friends also trained BJJ. One day he decided to take his friends challenge and give grappling a go. There he met Carlos Henrique, a black belt who taught there and that would become his master for the next 14 years.

Carlos Henrique followed Marcos development close hand, awarding him his blue (1996), purple (1998) and brown (2001) belts. But he always took young Marcos to train at different academies, including the famous Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro, where Marcos Cerqueira had a chance to train alongside some of his childhood heroes. Fighters like Wallid Ismail and Ricardo Libório. He also visited the famous Mestre Saporito academy in Lagoa, another important black belt graduated by master Carlson Gracie.

Marcos Cerqueira received his black belt from André Terencio, a black belt of his master Carlos Henrique in 2007 and in 2008 he moved to the US to develop his very own school in the Southern State of Texas. He sought to form an academy according to his academic plan, a plan he devoloped in his many years of practice and interaction with one of the best lineages of all time.

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  • Ken Kruse says:

    Exemplery person with the talent and knowledge of what you would want from a Professor. We met in Brazil while attending the Brazil 021 camp treated my family like his family and left an impression which will last for a lifetime. I watched as he coached students to wins at the Rio Open and celebrated in their accomplishments and consoled those who were defeated. A wealth of knowledge and techniques as well as being a good friend

  • James Flanders says:

    Great man and great teacher!
    Anyone in Houston interested in BJJ should stop by.

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