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Marcio Simas

4th Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 

By Bob McCauley

Marcio, left, with Bob McCauley and Carlson Gracie at the 95 Pan Am Games

When the conversation turns to Jiu Jitsu in Florida, one name is always mentioned – Marcio Simas.  Marcio was born and raised on the rough and rugged streets of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  He was discovered as a fighting talent as a youth by Reyson Gracie who took him to the legendary Rolls Gracie for formal training at the age of 17.

Rolls is widely considered throughout Brazil as the pound-for-pound best fighter Jiu-Jitsu has ever produced and Marcio trained directly with him until his tragic death in an hang-glider accident in 1982. After Rolls' death, Marcio continued to train with Rolls' partner, Carlos Gracie Jr. who eventually awarded Marcio his Black Belt. Marcio is a 3-time Jiu-Jitsu champion who has been featured in leading fighting international magazines. Some of Marcio’s training partners were Marcio Macarrao, Mauricio Urso, Fabio Santos, Sergio Penha, and Oswaldo Alves. During his studies Marcio has trained with many of Barazilian Jiu- Jitsu's most famed sport and No-Holds-Barred Champions including Royce, Royler, Renzo, and Rickson Gracie, to name a few.


As the head of the State of Florida Federation of Brazillian Jiu-Jitso, Marcio Simas He also owns and operates The Orlando Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu Academy with his partner and famed 5th Degree Black Belt Segio Penha who also runs a sister academy C.A.L. (Centro De Aperfeicoamento De Lutadores) in in Brazil.  C.A.L. roughly translates to " the center for perfecting fighters" and it's tradition is carried on in the U.S. at the Orlando Academy where men, women, and children of all ages are taught the benefits of the "Gentle Art". There are also specialized programs offered for Law Enforcement, as well as for professional fighter. Marcio and Sergio have personally trained champions in both sport Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo (Anything Goes competition.  Marcio’s students have also gained championship medals in the Pan American Games, the World Jiu-Jitsu Tournament, and No Hold Barred toumaments in the U. S,. Canda, Japan, and the Caribbean.


Marcio is so popular in Florida that Jiu-Jitsu practitioners regularly travel from all over the state to train with Marcio.  One regular, Bill Murphy undertakes a six-hour trip to work out at the Orlando academy three times a week.  Many law enforcement agents, such as Kevin Stenger of the local Sheriff's department, utilize Semas' academy for self defense training.


Some of Marcio’s students are Nelson Bracero, gold medallist in the '96 and '99 Pan Am, Todd Broadway, winner in Extreme Fighting, Nick Starks, who recently went to a draw with Dan Sevren, Bill Murphy, Donald Lee, Keith Gallager, Mitch McElroy, Antoony Tolone, and Hank Vaughn.


Marcio recently gained his 4th debree Black Belt in Brazil. He is working on a State Tournament in late August in Kissimmee FL and has plans for the US Nationals in Kissimmee later in the year.




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