“My first 3 months in Canada were the toughest 3 months of my life, losing my mother, away from my daughter, my family and friends, without speaking the language properly, no Brazilian friends and trying to adapt to a new country, new culture and a new life style was very hard, specially the change from Capocabana Beach to Abbotsford (known as the Bible Belt Area), where I lived my first 3 months in Canada. So, I had insomnia and nightmares for 3 straight months, every single day.”
With the help of Mr. Pascal Elissalde, Marcus established his school in Vancouver at the Olympic Gym, and on April 7, Marcus held his first introductory class. His main goals were to properly teach all the Brazilian jiu-jitsu basic techniques curriculum (developed by him) to his students and to put the Canadian fighters on the BJJ scene.
On his first group class in Canada, Marcus did promise to his students that he would build a very strong team and would stay in Canada until promoting at least one of his students to black belt. “It’s not easy but it’s not impossible”, said Marcus. Today, the Marcus Soares BJJ Team is very well structured, with several representative schools in Canada, Mexico and South Africa.
Years after Professor Marcus Soares arrived in Canada, his influence and teachings are clearly evident in the champions that he has produced. His students are very fortunate to receive such high level of training and instruction from the man who was widely been referred to as “The encyclopedia of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” (Grappling Magazine). Marcus’s strict attention to detail and expert level experience in Brazilian Vale Tudo assist in ensuring that his fighters are fully prepared for all ranges of Mixed Martial Arts competition.
“My very special thanks to 3 people that was very important in my formation as an athlete, as a fighter and as a human being. My uncle Hermann Portes Gerber helped me with all my sports initiation and my University studies. There is only one word to describe him “GENIUS.” My very good friend and mentor in the art of fighting, my Master Carlson Gracie, the most amazing and efficient jiu-jitsu that I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Prof. Pedro Gama Filho, great friend and also great training partner, someone who dedicated his life to help the development and the popularization of the grappling arts (Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and Luta Olímpica) in Brazil.”