Learn from Canada’s Highest Ranking Black Belt under Carlson Gracie Sr. Authentic Jiu-Jitsu from a 9th Degree Black Belt (the only Grandmaster in Canada) 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 a 9th degree Master and delivers the highest level of training and instruction and has been studying the art since 1970 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 a 9th degree black belt, the only Grandmaster in Canada. 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.