We’ve heard it before, “jiu-jitsu saved my life”. Marcio Andre is one of the many that credits jiu-jitsu with doing just that. Growing up in a favela in Bangu, Brazil, Marcio’s father was murdered when Marcio was just two years old. Growing up without a father contributed to him hanging with the wrong crowd. Early on in life Marcio was on the path to life as a criminal.
Later, Marcio would again face tragedy at a young age. Growing up his mom was chronically ill, she would tell Marcio that when he turned eighteen that’s when she would give up her fight for life, that way she knew she lived long enough to raise a man. Sure enough, after reaching the age of eighteen his mom let go her fight. Dealing with this type of adversity can easily relegate someone to failure. But thankfully at around the age of ten he discovered jiu-jitsu and coach Fabio Andrade. Fabio had more confidence and hope in Marcio than even he himself had. Fabio gave him the direction he needed. Fabio is credited with helping many others out of a life of crime and poverty with his social project of providing jiu-jitsu to underprivileged kids in Bangu. Marcio’s first big competition win was a World Championship at blue belt in 2011, it was then that he knew that he wanted to dedicate his life to jiu-jitsu. Just three years later in 2014 Marcio received his Black Belt under Fabio Andrade. On the way to Black Belt he won two world titles at purple, one at brown and missed a Black Belt world championship in 2016 by one advantage to Rafael Mendes. It’s clear that Marcio is on the right path which leads to victory in jiu-jitsu and in life. We were privileged to spend some time with Marcio to get to know him and his jiu-jitsu that we’re going to share with you here.