Professor Marcelo was born in Rio de Janeiro and has had a passion for sports since an early age. Growing up Marcelo excelled in soccer and swimming. As Marcelo got older he began training in kickboxing, Muay Thai MMA and soon discovered the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
As Professor Marcelo trained more and more , his dedication and hard work became apparent and soon he was competing Internationally. In 2008 he first came to the United States to compete. Two years later he would come to Central Pennsylvania to stay.
Professor Marcelo has won numerous International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (IBJJF) tournaments as well as being ranked in the Master top 10 in his division by the IBJJF.
Here are some of his achievements:
All Tournament IBJJF
7x NAGA Champion
2x Rio de Janeiro State Champion
3x Chicago Open Champion
2x Boston Open Champion
2x NY Open Champion
2016 Pan American Champion
Miami Open Champion
Dallas Open Champion
World NOGI Silver Medalist
American National Silver Medalist
South American Silver Medalist
Brazilian National Gi Bronze Medalist
American National NoGi Bronze Medalist
In 2013, Marcelo achieved the IBJJF ranking of number 8 in the Black Belt Master 1 division.
Professor Marcelo always had a vision of opening a school that would offer the jiu jitsu lifestyle to the adults and children in the area. This vision has become a reality at Marcelo Mattos BJJ.
Through Professor Marcelos leadership, the school offers a children's program that focuses on discipline, respect, determination and fun. The adult and teen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is opened to beginners that have never trained in the "gentle art" as well as experienced students.
Professor Marcelo is a certified kickboxing instructor and offers classes in that discipline as well. Professor Marcelo also believes in helping in the community, giving self defense seminars to local police departments as well as the military.
We invite you to come and experience the jiu jitsu lifestyle at Marcelo Mattos BJJ.