Marcelo Cavalcanti is the owner and head coach at the MCBJJ academy, who has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 1992. Marcelo is a 4th degree black belt under Roberto “Gordo” Corrêa and Ring Team Affiliate. Marcelo began his fight career in the 92’s and received his black belt under Rigan Machado in 2003.

The secret to Marcelo Cavacanti’s success has always been his students. He strongly believes that without his students, he himself would not be able to be the place that he is today.

Marcelo Cavalcanti was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1992 following his brothers. Marcelo began training with Grandmaster Carlson Gracie and instructors Ricardo Liborio, Marcus Vinicius and also with creator of the half guard, Roberto ''Gordo'' Correia.  Marcelo arrived to the United States 1998 to  continue his life training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Rigan Machado Academy. After much hard work and dedicated training, competing, and teaching, Marcelo Cavalcanti in 2003 was awarded his Black Belt under Rigan Machado.

Today, Marcelo owns and operates the MC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Carson, California and MCBJJ Visalia also in California. Marcelo has also been reaching out to the community by offering seminars to other academies and different types of schools such as “The Braille Institute” and other after school programs such as the “YMCA” in the South Bay Area. This type of community support has changed many lives, including his own life. Professor Marcelo Cavalcanti says that, “There is no greater feeling like reaching out to the men, women and children so that it may build self-confidence, self-discipline, and the respect needed to progress through life. My objective is to use my knowledge, ambition, and craft to share this complex and brilliant art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the community.

Marcelo Cavalcanti says, “Together, my students and I have become champions and won numerous titles in the most world renowned tournaments. We have won titles in Grappler’s Quest, Worlds, Pan-Americans, and in the National and International tournaments”. Marcelo further adds, “All of my students have learned to love Jiu-Jitsu with as much passion as I do. They are growing not only as Jiu-Jitsu players, but as honorable individuals and sharing the knowledge I have acquired to others”.

Marcelo Cavalcanti would like to say thank you to all who contributed to the growth and improvement of MCBJJ Academy. He had the privilege of training under Mauricio “Tinguihna” Mariano and the rest of the TBJJ team for over 6 years.


1st Place

  • 1st place champion of the IBJJF Fresno Internacional Open 2019

  • 1st place champion of the IBJJF Las Vegas Internacional Open 2019

  • 1st place champion of the 2nd AXE Cup of Jiu-Jitsu

  • 1st place champion of the 2nd Copa Company Cup of Jiu-Jitsu

  • 1st place champion of the 5th Socal BJJ Championship-Super fight

  • 1st place champion of the 2nd Grappling Games National Championships

  • 1st Nationals Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2004

  • 1st place champion of the for GI and NO GI 2003

  • 1st place champion of the 1st Jean-Jacques Machado Grappling Submission Tournament 2001

  • 1st place champion of the California State Tournament of Jiu-Jitsu 2000

2nd Place

  • 2nd place in the International Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009

  • 2nd place in Internacional Master & Senior Jiu Jitsu Championship 2009

  • 2nd place in the 1st Company Cup of Jiu-Jitsu

  • 2nd place in the 3rd Company Cup of Jiu-Jitsu

  • 2nd place in Internacional Master & Senior Jiu Jitsu Championship 2008

  • 2nd place in the Blackbelt Pan America 2007

3rd Place

  • 3rd place in the IBJJF Fresno Internacional Open 2019

  • 3rd place in the World No Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships 2009

  • 3rd place in the 1st Errique Bayer Cup of Jiu-Jitsu

  • 3rd place in the Stage Pixacao of Jiu-Jitsu

  • 3rd place in the 10th Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu Championship of Jiu-Jitsu 2006

  • 3rd place in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships No-gi tournament 2008

  • Special Super Fight at Hollywood Park Casino 2003

  • Virginia Beach Jiu-Jitsu Federation – Super Fight

  • Wander Braga Super Fight

  • TBJJ Super Fight


Name: Rick Guter

Coach Kids class

More the 12 years of Brazilian jiu-jitsu 

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Name: Miguel Zúñiga 

Coach Kids Class

20 years working in emergency medical services. 
Brown belt 
Training jiu jitsu for 10years


Name: Fidel “Fidelsinho“ Garcia

Coach Kids Class

More the 10 years of experiense

From Carson – California

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Officer C. Medrano
Coach Law Enforcement for 8 years
Bjj brown belt under Legendary Marcelo Cavalcanti Officer Medrano has been training Bjj for 12 years

with MCBJJ. Has competed in numerous tournaments including FABRICIO WERDUM’s SAMURAI BJJ Silver medal  Mcbjj In-house tournament gold medal - BJJ PRO Silver medal.