Marcelo Tavares (Black Belt)
Marcelo found his love for Jiu-Jitsu in 2001 at age 11, while he was an already accomplished soccer player representing huge teams in Brazil. Unfortunately his soccer career ended in 2008 when he broke his leg, but one year on he very quickly managed to find solace and joy in Jiu-Jitsu, which he describes as his “new reason for smiling again”. He was coached by Professor Italo Lins, whom along with Master Julio Cesar Pereira of GFTeam, awarded Marcelo his black belt in 2014.
Marcelo is a passionate coach who never fails to push his students to exceed their potential. He is also an active competitor who recently achieved multiple gold medals in both the gi and no-gi divisions at the 2018 Jiu-Jitsu Thailand Championship, and 2017 Circuito Arena Jiu-Jitsu Championship.