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The Marcus Soares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy offers the best training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from beginners to professional MMA fighter, as well as law enforcement. At our Academies, students are family, friendship and trust is what we offer first and foremost. We always will do our best to help our students reach their goals no matter what they are, whether it be just to get fit, self-defense, prepare for competition or to pursue a career in MMA or as a BJJ Competitor. Our philosophy is to make our students feel at home, get in shape, gain self-confidence, obtain discipline and create a new healthy lifestyle. We also prepare our student through pedagogical progression to feel comfortable of the uncomfortable positions in every aspect of an attack, standing, on the ground, with strikes, holds or a submission attempt; when you know BJJ, you will learn to always keep calm when faced with these kind of situations. People are afraid of what they don’t know and with knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, you will never panic because nothing will surprise you. People have diverse needs and that’s why we have assembled equally diverse resources for the student at our schools.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an art where the leverage beats the strength and aggressive power of your opponent. BJJ was formulated from an almost scientific process of maneuvering, patience, flexibility, diet, strength of mind, strength of will and self-control.

Our Instructors are ready to teach you BJJ in it’s purest form and through a system that will makes it very easy for our students to reach a very high level of precision and knowledge.

We are led by Master Marcus Soares (Black Belt 8th Degree), who was a direct student of Grand Master Carlson Gracie, he was part of the first generation of the Carlson Gracie team that was formed in 1970’s. Marcus was also a Professor at the Carlson Gracie Academy at the famous Copacabana School in Rio de Janeiro in Brasil. Carlson Gracie was the leader of a team that dominated the BJJ scene in Brasil for over 30 years, no other team in the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, let alone any other national sport have that kind of track record. In not only Marcus Soares opinion but many other respected Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners, feel Carlson Gracie should be awarded the trainer of the century, as he has created a legacy of notable names and is responsible for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to be taught to the general public outside of the family and on such an international level to gain the level of recognition BJJ has today.


Grand Master Carlson Gracie (August 13, 1932 – February 1, 2006), the greatest fighter in the history of Jiu-Jitsu. Carlson was the oldest son of Carlos Gracie (founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu), and learned the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through his father Carlos Gracie, and his uncle Helio Gracie. Carlson reigned for 30 years (‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s) in MMA with 18 vale-tudo (no holds barred) matches with only one controversial loss. Carlson wasn’t only a top competitor in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA, he also was one of the finest Jiu-Jitsu and MMA coaches to ever live. Carlson left the Gracie Academy in downtown Rio de Janeiro to open his own academy around 1968 and it was the most successful TEAM ever created in Jiu-Jitsu history, staying undefeated for over 30 years (‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s).

About Marcus Soares

Learn from Canada’s Highest Ranking Black Belt under Carlson Gracie Sr. Authentic Jiu-Jitsu from an 8th Degree Black Belt and direct student of Carlson Gracie Sr. gives you the most effective training for the serious BJJ student!

Master Marcus Soares is dedicated to the art of Jiu-Jitsu and making sure that it is taught in its purest form. Keeping in tradition with the generations of masters before him, he truly believes that authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most rewarding path.

Master Marcus Soares is an 8th degree Master and delivers the highest level of training and instruction and has been studying the art for 47 years and is widely referred to “the encyclopedia of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” or ““Father of Jiu-Jitsu in Canada”. 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. Marcus has extensive knowledge of teaching “Authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that is effective” and has taught all over the world. He has trained world class fighters and trainers. Some notable names are Denis Kang, Conan Silveira, Ricardo de la Riva and some other local MMA Fighter.

Marcus Soares was appointed by Carlson Gracie Sr. to represent his team Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Canada and worldwide. Today Marcus has his own team Marcus Soares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but still holds very close to his heart and will always respect and honor his Master, Carlson Gracie Senior for his knowledge, wisdom, friendship and loyalty.


Marcus Vinicius de Macedo Soares was born and raised in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has been a member of the Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Team since 1970 (the first generation).

Marcus Soares is currently an 8th degree black belt. He was promoted to BJJ Master (7th degree) by Grand Master Carlson Gracie in 2005 during a series of seminars that they did together in Canada, and then promoted to 8th degree black belt in January 2012 in Brazil.

Today, Marcus Soares is the most experienced Carlson Gracie Team Professor in activity. During all this time in his career, Marcus has had the opportunity to instruct and to spar with some of the best and finest Brazilian fighters of our time. From 1970 to 1981, Professor Marcus Soares was a very active and successful member of the Carlson Gracie Team, the #1 Team in the world for over 3 decades.

1968 – Encouraged by his uncle, Herrmann Portes Gerber, Marcus started his weight training at 11 years old and got strong really fast. After eight months, he was able to develop one time the weight of his body (154 lbs or 70 kg). He was invited to be an Olympic lifter, but declined once his main goals were to train Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.

1970 – Marcus was introduced to Carlson Gracie by his Uncle Herrmann that used to be one of Carlson’s training partners. He started his training at Carlson Gracie Academy at the age of 13 years old. “It was love at first sight, I’ve met the right instructor at the right place and at the right time, kids are natural grapplers and it was very natural for me…

I still remember how hard it was the training and how hard I used to get beat at, once I was training just with adults. I miss the old days very much and all my friends and training partners, Sergio Iris, Wander, Fabio Macieira, Walter Soldado, Walter Guimarães, Tuninho, Marcelão Domingues, Pinkuda, Zé Roberto, Arthur Virgilio and his brothers Ricardinho and Julio, Lacerda, Mr. Domingos and so many others that is hard to remember all of them.”

As a young teen, Marcus was already one of the strongest members of the team, due to his very hard weight training for two and half years, but, of course, his technique and conditioning had a lot to improve. So, Marcus started to intensify his jiu-jitsu training, and also to train water-polo, rowing and running. “I remember that I and Rolls Gracie were the only members of the team that worry and used to do conditioning training, something very new in Brazil at that time (1970’s).”

1975 – Marcus began his university studies in Economics, and he was invited to be a member of Gama Filho University Judo Team (once jiu-jitsu wasn’t part of the University Games). During this time, he kept his hard training with the best Judo Team in the country.

The quality of instruction was very high, and once a year Prof. Pedro Gama Filho (the owner of the university), brought the best Judo Masters from Japan (like Sensei Yamamoto, 6th degree black belt, Tokyo Police instructor) for 30 to 60 days courses.

1978 – Marcus graduated and got his bachelor diploma in Economics.

1979 – After years of teaching at Carlson Gracie Academy, Marcus decided to open his own school at his home, it was a huge 10,000 sq. ft triplex apartment in Copacabana, and at the last floor the school was established. “I began to create a very strong team, always representing the Carlson Gracie Team.”

Many good fighters started their training with Marcus, as the De la Riva brothers (Ricardo, Sérgio and Carlos), Silveira brothers (Conan and Marcelo), and many others.

“My students always received classification at the Carlson Gracie Team Trials, originally we were only allowed 2 competitors for each weight category, and sometimes we had up to 20 competitors in one weight category. To win the club trials was always harder than winning any other competition.”

1980 – Marcus began another university course (Physical Education), which enabled him to develop in his students, not only the technical expertise, but also perfect physical conditioning, the most important attribute for any successful fighter.

He also opened a fitness school (Academia de Ginástica), something very popular in Brasil, and for many years used to teach those kinds of classes and also work as a personal trainer.

1983 – Marcus graduated again, this time he got his Diploma in Physical Education.

1986 – A very happy and special year to Marcus, his daughter Leticia was born.

1991 – Professor returned to teach at the Carlson Gracie Academy, and began organizing the main Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments in Rio de Janeiro. Marcus was directly involved in coordinating events as, Copa Rio Sport Center, Oscar of Jiu Jitsu (Or Copa Pelé de Jiu-Jitsu), Copa de Pixação de Jiu-Jitsu, Company Jiu-Jitsu Championship, among many others.

1996 – After receiving a student from Vancouver (BC, Canada), for some private classes at the Carlson Gracie Academy, Marcus was invited to teach in Canada. She liked Marcus’s methodology of teaching and his vast knowledge about the art very much.

1997 – March 9th his mother passed away and 2 days later Marcus left Brasil to start his very successful teaching career in Canada. His journey started in Miami, where he went to visit his former students Marcelo and Conan Silveira. His next stop was to Los Angeles, to visit Carlson Gracie and to discuss his plans for opening the first Carlson Gracie affiliate Academy in Canada.

“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.”


Our professional instructors have been developed to offer the highest quality of instruction. Every member of our instructor’s team is approachable, caring, and possesses a true love for teaching martial arts. After taking just a few lessons, you will see why Marcus Soares is the best Canadian choice to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Marcus Soares is the best instructor in Vancouver and the most experienced BJJ teacher in Canada. He is the only 8th degree BJJ black belt teaching in Canada and has over 47 years experience teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. No other grappling, submission or MMA instructor in Vancouver or Canada has the knowledge, expertise and valuable teaching experience that Marcus Soares has.

Marcus was one of the original students of Carlson Gracie and a first generation fighter in Brazil. He was a direct student of Carlson Gracie who is widely regarded as one of the best BJJ and Vale tudo (no holds barred) fighters in history.

If you want the best, most effective and authentic BJJ training please contact us to schedule your free trial with Marcus Soares.

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