ABOUT MARCUS SOARES
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

The Marcus Soares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy offers the best training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from beginners to professional MMA fighters, as well as law enforcement. At our Academies, students are family and friendship and trust is what we offer first and foremost. We always do our best to help our students reach their goals, whether it’s to get fit, learn 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 students through pedagogical progression to feel comfortable in 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 learn not to panic because you will be prepared with different forms of attack and pressure in your training. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an art where 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.

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 has 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.

ABOUT CARLSON GRACIE

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)

OUR INSTRUCTORS

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. Our Team of Instructors have been carefully chosen and are very approachable, caring, and possess a true love for teaching martial arts. After taking just a few lessons, you will see why Marcus Soares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the best Canadian choice to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

MASTER MARCUS SOARES

TEACHES IN VANCOUVER, LANGLEY AND MAPLE RIDGE

Marcus Soares is the best instructor in Metro Vancouver and the most experienced BJJ teacher in Canada. He is the only 8th degree BJJ black belt teaching in Canada and has been teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu since 1970. No other grappling, submission or MMA instructor in 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.
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PROFESSOR DAVI GÓIS

TEACHES IN VANCOUVER

Davi is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, as well as a personal trainer, holding a degree in Physical Education. Davi’s journey with BJJ began in 2006, under Master Sazinho Sa in Fortaleza City, Brazil. Davi received his Blue Belt with Master Sazihno and then in 2008 moved to Curitiba City, Brazil. There he joined the Arena Team under Master Marcelo Brito. Training with the Arena Team afforded Davi the experience of training with many great training partners. As a result, Davi’s Jiu-Jitsu evolved and he was competing and winning several local and national championships. He was awarded his brown belt with Master Brito.
In 2009 – 2013, Davi studied Physical Education at one of the most respected National Universities in Brazil, Pontificia Universidade Catolica in the State of Parana. In 2013, after obtaining his degree, Davi returned to his hometown Fortaleza, and was reunited with his home Team SAS, where he began teaching.
In 2015, Davi won Silver at the Pan American Championship and for his competitive merit received his Black Belt. Many doors opened for him because of his dedication to BJJ and degree. In 2018, Davi moved to Canada with his family and more doors soon opened up for him. Shortly after arriving, Davi found the Marcus Soares BJJ Team and was soon offering his knowledge to the students there. Davi can be found teaching the morning classes at Marcus Soares BJJ.
With his time and experience in BJJ and utilizing his Physical Education Degree, Davi is able to not only offer great Jiu-Jitsu techniques, but he is able to offer a complete and dynamic class with the goal of improving your flexibility, respiratory capacity, posture, and muscular endurance. Coming from a family of teachers, Davi loves teaching from the most experienced student to one who is brand new to the art!

CREDENTIALS

  • Received Black Belt from Master Marcus Sazihno Sa in April, 2019
  • Degree in Physical Education from Pontificia Universidade Catolica

COACH JUSTIN LIVINGSTON

TEACHES IN VANCOUVER

Justin is one of Master Marcus Soares’ longest tenured students, having started training back in 1999. In his first few years, he competed in several tournaments and MMA matches.
After starting a business in 2005, he was away from the sport for 8 years. He returned to training in 2013, and Marcus promoted him to Brown Belt in 2017.
Justin runs his businesses from home, so he’s free to train full-time, so he pretty much lives at our downtown location

CREDENTIALS

  • Received Brown Belt from Master Marcus Soares in April, 2017
  • Competed in 6 MMA Fights

COACH OLIVER VAJDA

TEACHES IN MAPLE RIDGE

Oliver started training in mixed martial arts when he was 17 and quickly fell in love with the disciplines of striking and grappling for the variety of workouts, the intense physical exertion, and the mental toughness it builds.
A young and eager athlete, Oliver found himself competing in MMA, boxing and BJJ tournaments, capturing championship belts and medals in a number of competitions. While at Simon Fraser University, Oliver wrestled with the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club and the SFU NCAA team.
Oliver has coached kids and youth in kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and MMA, and continues to advance his studies with the latest coaching workshops and certificates allowing him to give students the best training.

“My biggest satisfaction as a coach and instructor is when I see students help each other in class and become leaders. My passion lies in not only developing athletes and martial artists, but creating positive and confident leaders who can be role models for generations to come.”

CREDENTIALS

  • Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Marcus Soares
  • Former Undefeated Bantamweight MMA Champion in 2 separate organizations
  • Top ranked Super Welterweight Boxing Champion
  • Top ranked Super Welterweight Boxing Competitor
  • HIGH FIVE Sport Trainer Certified – HIGH FIVE
  • Aboriginal Coaching Modules (ACM) Certified
  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)
  • Psychology Major through Simon Fraser University

COACH LARRY ROUSEY

TEACHES IN MAPLE RIDGE

With a post-secondary education in Sport Science and Human Kinetics from Douglas College, Larry Rousey applies scientific training principles to Martial Arts, Athletics, Personal Training, and Coaching. By 2019, Larry already has nearly 10 years of coaching experience and like most coaches, he began his career as a volunteer. After years of working with various elite sporting organizations, Larry was accepted into the Global Leadership Program where he then traveled overseas to Zambia to work as a Program Director for the Ministry of Youth & Sport.

CREDENTIALS

  • Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Master Marcus Soares
  • Sport Science Diploma from Douglas College
  • Certified 200/hr Yoga Instructor by Naked Truth Yoga Teacher Training
  • Trained by National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)
  • Aboriginal Coaching Modules (ACM) Certified – National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)
  • Wrestling Coaching Certification (NCCP)
  • Registered Coach with the Coaching Association of Canada
  • Level 1 First Aid with CPR & AED – Red Cross
  • HIGH FIVE Sport Trainer Certified – HIGH FIVE
  • Healthy Minds for Healthy Children Certified – HIGH FIVE

COACH EDEN CHEUNG

TEACHES IN VANCOUVER

Eden started training Jiu-Jitsu in 2016, and his potential and passion for teaching were recognized early by Marcus, when Eden was still a white belt. Now a purple belt under Marcus Soares, Eden tirelessly coaches all the kids’ classes at our Vancouver location. He has a knack for breaking down complex jiu-jitsu movements into simple and memorable pieces for our younger and newer athletes.

Eden is also currently studying full time in order to finish his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia.

CREDENTIALS

  • Received Purple Belt from Master Marcus Soares in April, 2019

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