Marcus Soares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Students

Marcus Soares Carlson Gracie BJJ

These prestigious homegrown Canadian black belts were directly trained and Promoted by Marcus Soares.

Marcus has given away many black belts throughout his 40+ years of teaching. Below are a list of students who were awarded a black belt by Master Marcus Soares:

Denis Kang

July 2004

When Marcus Soares first moved to Vancouver to set up his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club one of his first students was Denis Kang. He is Marcus’ first BJJ black belt outside of Brazil in his own club. Over the last 10 years Denis has competed in the following organizations, Bas Rutten Invitational, UCC, USMMA, Super Brawl, TKO, Pancrase, IFC, World Freestyle Fighting, M-1 MFC Russia, Spirit MC, AFC, PRIDE Bushido, K-1, Dream, Raw Combat and UFC.


Omar Salvosa

September 2005

Omar Salvosa is a 5 time national champion under the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Association and has represented Canada internationally in both grappling and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition. He is a 2 time Gold medalist as the Lightweight competitor for Team Canada at the World Kobudo Grappling Championships. Omar is known as one of Ontario’s pioneer students of BJJ and grappling, alongside standout colleagues Carlos Newton, Jeff Joslin, Mark Bocek and other highly skilled competitors actively practicing today. Salvosa is a Marcus’ BJJ senior representative of the Carlson Gracie Team in Ontario and runs his own club Ascension in Scarborough, Ontario.


Stephan Kesting

December 2006

Stephan Kesting was promoted December 2006.


Vlado Skrepnik

December 2006

Vlado Skrepnik was promoted December 2006.


Adam Ryan

December 2006

Adam Ryan was promoted December 2006.


Adam Zugec

March 2008

Adam Zugec was promoted March 2008.


Mark Stables

June 2008

After running MECCA Martial Arts in Toronto Ontario, Mark Stabes now is established in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Mark Stables has been studying various martial arts for over 25 years. Mark competed in the 2004 Copa Do Mundo (World Cup) de Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil where he took home a bronze medal in the masters division, light heavyweight. Mark is a great instructor with great skills.


Maurice Parry

November 2009

Maurice Parry has been training with Marcus for over 10 years and has competed in some of the best tournaments around the world. By trade he is a RCMP police officer.


Clint “Sanguebom” Allert

August 2010

Clint Sanguebom” Allert received his black belt on August 2010. On a trip to Ontario Marcus Soares surprised Allert with a black belt. Allert owns and operates the Sanguebom Burlington Academy of Martial Arts (BAMA) in Ontario Canada which he took over in in August 2003. Sanguebom also hold’s a Black Belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu which focuses heavily on effective methods of Self Defense in close quarter conditions and is a certified personal trainer. Since taking over and running the club Allert has skillfully orchestrated a strong team to represent Burlington in the GTA as well as internationally. His team has been fortunate to remain 9-0 in MMA competition in 2009.


Troy Scheer

October 2010

Troy Scheer is Marcus’ 10th BJJ black belt and is the official representative of the world renowned Marcus Soares and Carlson Gracie Team in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. He runs Scheer’s Martial Arts which was established in 1967, is one of the longest running Martial Arts schools in Western Canada. In addition to his BJJ black belt Scheer was certified under Grandmaster Thosaphon Sitawatjana better known as Grandmaster Toddy in 1997. His program has produced many successful Champions including 1 World Title holder, 3 Canadian Title holders, 3 Western Canadian Title holders, 4 Provincial Title holders and 5 WKA Canadian Golden Glove Champions. Tony has built a strong MMA, kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team in Saskatchewan.


Tom Montes

November 2010

Tom Montes was promoted November 2010.


Mike Hong

June 2011

Michael was introduced to the Brazilian style of Jiu-Jitsu by some fellow students about 12 years ago. He was immediately fascinated with the efficiency and effectiveness of the “gentle art”. He’s never stopped learning and training BJJ since. Over the years Michael has competed and medaled in various BJJ, grappling, and submission wrestling tournaments, in addition to fighting professional MMA competition. Michael is also the owner of BAMA with his longtime friend and mentor, Clint Allert and supports his efforts in building a strong BJJ and MMA team to represent the Carlson Gracie/Marcus Soares Canada Team.


Jason Parry

November 2011

Not to be out done by his older brother, Jason started training with Marcus in 2001. He was very busy in the local competition scene, collecting medals in over 10 tournaments as a white and blue belt. As a purple belt he has 6 international medals, collecting gold at the Asian Open, Pan Ams and World No Gi Championships. Also collecting two Bronze in the Naga tournaments. Jason received his brown belt while training in Rio at the original Carlson Gracie gym in 2009. As a brown Belt he won gold in the 2011 Pan Ams. When he got his black belt, Jason and Mo became the first brother Jiu-Jitsu black belts in Canada.


Eric Boutilier

November 2011

Born November 1, 1974 and raised in White Rock BC, Eric started kick boxing in high school. He started MMA/Muay Thai/BJJ in 1998 and began training with Marcus Soares in 2002 when he brought Carlson Gracie BJJ to the school in Langley where Eric was teaching at. Being skilled in both striking and grappling Eric has helped many MMA fighters such as Todd Gouwenberg and Tyler “TNT” Jackson train for their MMA fights in Bodog and King of the Cage. Eric has competed in various tournaments and placed silver at the 2011 Las Vegas NAGA Masters Expert cruiser weight division.


Benito Segura

July 2013

Benito Segura, is the 14th BJJ black belt Promoted by Marcus Soares and on July 14, 2013 Benito received his black belt after 12 years. Benito is one of the most decorated fighters in the Carlson Gracie Canada team and has fought around the world winning medal on every continent and at every major BJJ tournament.

  • Gold – Western Canadian, Canadian Grappling Grand Prix, Tiger Balm International Champion (multiple) Light Heavy and Absolute
  • Gold – 2005 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Los Angeles Heavyweight
  • Silver – 2006 Copa Do Mundo (world cup) Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Rio de Janeiro Super Heavyweight
  • Silver – 2006 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, Los Angeles. Above 194 lbs
  • Gold (x2) – 2006 Asian Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Tokyo. Super Heavyweight & Absolute
  • Gold – 2007 European Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Portugal. Super Super Heavyweight
  • Gold – 2007 Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Cup, Vancouver. Open Class
  • Gold (x4) – Pan Pacific Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Australia. +200 lbs Gi & No-Gi, Absolute Gi & No-Gi, Voted ‘Most Technical Fighter’


Tony Williamsom

April 2014

Tony Williamsom was promoted April 2014.

Henry (Hank) Panek

June 2014

Henry “Hank”Panek is the 16 th black belt promoted by Marcus Soares as of June 1st, 2014. Hank is the head instructor at South Island Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Island Fitness on Vancouver Island which was established in 2008. Hank has trained under Marcus since 1999 and also brings a high level of Judo to the team. For more info go to or contact at or call (250) 732-5565 / (250) 743-7600


Gabriel Vieira de Carvalho

September 2014


Sean McHugh

November 2014

Sean McHugh received his black belt promotion in November 2014.


David Levey

June 2015

David Levey was promoted to black belt in June 2015.


Jonathan Curtis

March 2016

Jonathan Curtis was promoted to black belt in March 2016.