Márcio Stambowsky

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Márcio Stambowsky
Macarrao.jpg
Macarrão applies the triangle choke.
Born (1959-02-22) February 22, 1959 (age 59)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names Macarrão
Macarra[1]
Residence United States Connecticut, USA
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s) Rolls Gracie
Rank          8th Degree coral belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Notable relatives Neiman Gracie (son)
Gracie family (in-laws)
Márcio Stambowsky
Medal record
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo[2]
Gold medal – first place 1981 AABB Championship
Gold medal – first place 1985 Rio de Janeiro Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1985 Maccabiah Games XII

Márcio "Macarrão" Stambowsky (Brazilian Portuguese: [mˈaɾsiu stɐ̃bˈowʃkj]; born February 22, 1959) is a Brazilian martial artist. An 8th degree coral belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu,[3][4][5] he is one of the "Famous Five" Rolls Gracie black belts.[6][7] Regarded as one of the top Brazilian competitors of the 1980s,[8][9][10][11] he is also the father of professional Bellator MMA fighter Neiman Gracie Stambowsky.[12]

Technical contributions[edit]

During the formative years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Stambowsky was notable for revolutionizing the closed guard, triangles, and leglock tactics.[13] He was named by MMA hall-of-famer Rickson Gracie as one of the original Brazilian competitors to popularize the concept of the now iconic triangle choke.[14] Acclaimed as an influential mentor and coach,[15] he has been credited by world champion Renzo Gracie for practicing "one of the most beautiful jiu jitsu [styles] ever seen."[16]

Athletic achievements[edit]

In 1980, Stambowsky was selected to join a group of top fighters that the Brazilian government planned to send to the Olympic Games in Moscow and the Pan American Games in the United States. Although a dispute involving sponsors prevented the team from traveling to the Olympics, Stambowsky went on to win two gold medals in national championship competitions in 1981 and 1985 and one bronze medal in a world championship competition, representing Brazil among 37 countries at the 1985 Maccabiah Games in Israel.[17][18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Marcio was born to a Holocaust survivor mother and a Russian father who later emigrated to Brazil - making him the most successful Jewish Jiu Jitsu player of all time. Keeping close ties with the Gracies,[20] Stambowsky eventually married Carla Gracie, daughter of Robson Gracie.[21] In addition to his son Neiman, he has one daughter, Deborah Gracie Stambowsky, who, together with Kyra Gracie, is one of only two women in the Gracie family to have attained the rank of black belt.[22] Stambowsky moved his family from Brazil to the United States in 2007. He is the founder of Gracie Sports USA and Team Macarra BJJ, based in Norwalk, Connecticut.[23][24]

Lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo MaedaCarlos GracieHélio GracieRolls Gracie → Márcio Stambowsky

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Borges, Andre. "Nickname: Macarrao". BJJ Heroes. Retrieved June 22, 2017. meaning spaghetti, the name comes from Marcio’s surfing days, and in reality it was his older brother’s nickname; [he] is also often called Macarra which is short for Macarrão 
  2. ^ Sodré, Luciano, ed. (June 5, 2015). "Cesário participa de seminário de Jiu-Jitsu". Brazilian Times (in Portuguese). Somerville, MA: Paiva, Edirson. Retrieved June 1, 2017. Entre suas principais conquistas estão: Campeão do AABB (1981 faixa preta absoluto), Campeão Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (1985 – Judô), Medalha de Bronze nos Jogos da Macabíada (1985 – Judô) 
  3. ^ Zahar, Chris (June 12, 2017). "Renzo Gracie Gives Master Marcio Stambowsky His Red-And-White Coral Belt". Jiu-Jitsu Times. New York. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ Valuzzo, Rocco (August 13, 2015). "Stambowsky Shares Passion for Jiu Jitsu". The Weston Forum. Weston, Connecticut. Retrieved June 1, 2017. the highest ranking instructor in New England 
  5. ^ Stout, Warren (April 11, 2013). "2012 Renzo Gracie Pittsburgh Jiu Jitsu Recap". Stout Training. Retrieved June 22, 2017. Stambowsky, the highest belt-ranking instructor teaching in the Northeast 
  6. ^ Borges, Andre. "Marcio Stambowsky Biography". BJJ Heroes. Retrieved February 9, 2017. one of the Famous 5 
  7. ^ Nagel, Kyle (July 4, 2014). "Flight Path: Neiman Gracie Family Tradition". MMA Junkie. New York. Retrieved June 1, 2017. Marcio Stambowsky is a Brazilian who started training in the 1970s and was one of the 'Famous Five' 
  8. ^ Gracie, Reila (2015). Carlos Gracie the Creator of a Fighting Dynasty (in Portuguese). RG Art Publishing LLC. p. 472, 483. ISBN 0578150107. 
  9. ^ Trost, Alex; Kravetsky, Vadim (August 26, 2013). 100 of the Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighters of All Time. Booktango. p. 6 (Marcio Macarrao Stambowsky). ISBN 1492246298. 
  10. ^ Pavao, Felipe (xdevs) (July 17, 2010). Trindade, Ivan, ed. "Master of the Guillotine Guard". Gracie Magazine. New York. Retrieved June 1, 2017. Macarrão was one of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu competitors of the 1970’s and 80’s, famous for his notorious leg game. 
  11. ^ Sodré, Luciano, ed. (June 5, 2015). "Cesário participa de seminário de Jiu-Jitsu". Brazilian Times (in Portuguese). Somerville, MA: Paiva, Edirson. Retrieved June 1, 2017. um dos principais competidores da década de 80 
  12. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (February 9, 2016). "Neiman Gracie vs. Roger Carroll added to Bellator 151". MMA Fighting. New York. Retrieved June 22, 2017. Neiman Gracie, son of coral belt Marcio Stambowsky and Carla Gracie 
  13. ^ Gracie, Kroyler (April 27, 2016). "Macarrao's Influence on Me and My Jiu Jitsu". Kyoler Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Retrieved May 30, 2017. he was this amazing guard guy who revolutionized the closed guard, triangles, and leg locks 
  14. ^ Gracie, Rickson (July 22, 2014). Origins of Triangle Choke, Rickson Gracie Interview [Joe Rogan Experience, Episode 524] (video, timestamp 2:09:32). Los Angeles: Joe Rogan. Retrieved February 9, 2017. What is the origin of the triangle? The application of the triangle in my life started with watching guys like Marcio Macarrao. 
  15. ^ Gracie, Kroyler (April 27, 2016). "Macarrao's Influence on Me and My Jiu Jitsu". Kyoler Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Retrieved May 30, 2017. this was going to be the guy that takes my Jiu-Jitsu to the next level 
  16. ^ Gracie, Renzo (July 17, 2010). Marcio Coral Belt Ceremony (video, timestamp 2:25). New York. Retrieved May 30, 2017. most beautiful Jiu Jitsu 
  17. ^ Gracie, Reila (2015). Carlos Gracie the Creator of a Fighting Dynasty (in Portuguese). RG Art Publishing LLC. p. 483. ISBN 0578150107. O vencedor disputaria a final com Márcio Stambowsky, faixa preta de Rolls, que se encontrava em ótima forma. Como já o havia vencido na academia, Rickson esperava que Márcio lhe desse a vitória, mas este deixou a decisão por conta de seu professor: 'O que Rolls decidir eu faço.' 
  18. ^ Borges, Andre. "Marcio Stambowsky Main Achievements". BJJ Heroes. Retrieved February 9, 2017. AABB Champion, Rio de Janeiro Champion, Maccabiah Bronze 
  19. ^ Valuzzo, Rocco (August 13, 2015). "Stambowsky Shares Passion for Jiu Jitsu". The Weston Forum. Weston, Connecticut. Retrieved June 1, 2017. Stambowsky began competing in jiu-jitsu tournaments in his native country in 1977 and also at the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1985 before retiring from competition in 1993. Two years later he coached at the Pan American Games in Argentina. 
  20. ^ Orzechowski, Brett (August 19, 2007). "Training for MMA a Unique Endeavor". New Haven Register. New Haven, Connecticut. Retrieved June 1, 2017. Stambowsky a member of the Gracie family 
  21. ^ Nagel, Kyle (July 4, 2014). "Flight Path: Neiman Gracie Family Tradition". MMA Junkie. New York. Retrieved June 22, 2017. He met Neiman’s mother, Carla Gracie, while staying close to the family. 
  22. ^ Borges, Andre. "Deborah Gracie Stambowsky Biography". BJJ Heroes. Retrieved June 22, 2017. one of only two women in the Gracie family to have reached the rank of black belt (the other being Kyra Gracie) 
  23. ^ Roberts, Peter. "Ginastica Natural with Coral Belt Marcio Stambowsky". BJJ Weekly. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  24. ^ Brito, Aline (May 14, 2012). "Top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School Opens Near NCC". Wordpress.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.