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Stuart Marks (Gracie Oceania)

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Stuart Marks on the left receiving his black belt

Stuart Marks is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt from New Zealand under Mario Yokoyama who is a coach of Gracie Oceania also affiliated with Ryan Gracie Academy.

Stuart Marks in Detail

Full Name: Stuart Andrew Marks

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr.Carlos Gracie Junior > Ryan Gracie > Mario Sergio Yokoyama > Stuart Marks

Main Achievements:

  • Pan Pacs Silver Medallist (2007)

Team/Association: Gracie Oceania

Stuart Marks Biography

Stuart Andrew Marks was born on the 15th of April, 1974 in Christchurch, New Zealand. His love for Jiu Jitsu led him to train BJJ by himself in 2000. He then found a BJJ trainer on Cristiano Felipe Alves, though he soon changed coach and started his tuition under Mario Yokoyama. He received all his belts, from blue all the way to black from Yokoyama, his black belt was awarded on April 30, 2011.


  • Prof Stu was my first BJJ teacher. When i first met stu, in 2003, he invited me to try BJJ, I eventually accepted his offer and became hooked on this sport from the first night. Stu was a blue belt and taught that controlled technique applied correctly would overcome physical attributes of your opponent. I was 40kg heavier than him and when we rolled it was clear demonstration to me that he was correct with out effort on his part or inflicting injury on mine. I stayed loyal to him for many reasons inpart due to his success in instilling in me the importance of the technique that night, a belief i still hold. I believe any of my achievements in BJJ, grappling and MMA can be attributed directly to Prof Marks. For this he is, and I am proud to say it, my BJJ hero

  • bjjheroes says:

    Hi Phil,

    Unfortunately my personal knowledge of NZ BJJ is not as sharp as I wish it was 🙂 you might even have a point, but everything that is displayed on this page was confirmed by Stuart Marks himself.

  • Ashley says:

    I agree Phil the lies and politics should be keep between you and stu.

  • Stuart Marks says:

    This listing was posted independent of me. But I would like to confirm the following:
    Cristiano Felipe-Alves was a part of the School up to early 2011 until he left of his own choosing.
    I owe much of my knowledge to him and he is a skillful practitioner in his own right.
    I received all of my Belts from Prof. Mario Yokoyama, including my blue which was awarded in 2003.

  • Stuart Marks says:

    Whoever "PHIL" is. Those that got their Blue Belt's that day were: Philip Lindsay, Chris Milazzo, and James Cherrie.
    Yes I trained with Cris for many years (I did not submit this material).
    But do not correct errors with more mistakes. I received my Blue Belt from Mario personally in 2003.
    Should you doubt this, ask Prof. Mario Yokoyama yourself.

  • bjjheroes says:

    Guys I have decided to delete "Phil's" comment, as it was ill intentioned.

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