Marcio Feitosa

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Marcio Feitosa
BornMarcio Feitosa Souza
(1976-05-16) May 16, 1976 (age 44)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ResidenceBrazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
TeamGracie Barra
Teacher(s)Carlos Gracie, Jr.
Rank  6th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Marcio Feitosa (May 16, 1976) is a Brazilian 6th degree black belt[1] in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has learned directly from Carlos Gracie Jr., founder of the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro. He has risen to the podium eight times from 1997 to 2006 at several world championships.

In 2013, Feitosa was ranked one of the Top 10 fighters of all time by the BJJ Heroes website.[2] Throughout his career he has collected many titles such as the IBJJF World Championship, the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, the Brazilian Nationals and the Pan-Americans. He is one of the strongest competitors of his generation having won against fighters such as Urijah Faber, Léo Vieira, Vítor Ribeiro, Royler Gracie and Leonardo Santos.[3][4][5][6]

Since the age of 15 he has been acting as a teacher,[7] starting as an assistant instructor. He is the co-founder of the Gracie Barra Headquarters in Irvine, California[8] and the executive director of Gracie Barra Brasil.

Early life[edit]

Marcio Feitosa was born on May 16, 1976 and raised in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, home for several fighters and instructors of the Gracie Family, such as Carlos Gracie Jr., Roger Gracie, Kyra Gracie and Ryan Gracie.

His father abandoned the household when he and his brother were very young.[5]

When he was 12 years old he began studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Carlos Gracie Jr. at the Gracie Barra Academy, founded two years before. At the age of 15 he was invited by his master Carlos Gracie Jr. to be an assistant instructor at the academy.[5]

Feitosa received the black belt at the age of 19. In 1996 he wrote his name in the BJJ history when he won the Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship, held in the United States, and the Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship.[5]

In the year 1997, he became a teacher in Japan, where he met Nao Takigawa. At Feitosa invitation, Takigawa moved to Brazil in 1998 to train at the Gracie Barra academy and became a black belt in 2004. The following year, Feitosa and Takigawa founded the Gracie Barra Japan, in Kobe.[9]

From 2007 to 2009, he was a columnist for Tapout, a martial arts magazine published by SMP, Inc.

In 2015 he taught the first class ever at the brand new Gracie Barra Itaipava academy founded by actor Thiago Lacerda and Rodrigo Scott.[10]

Instructor lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Carlos Gracie Jr. → Marcio Feitosa

Tournament titles[edit]

Marcio Feitosa is a black belt since 1996. He has been eight times at the World Championship finals, winning on three occasions.[5]

Year Tournament Position
1996 Pan-American Championship [11] Winner
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship [12]
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship by Teams [13]
1997 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship [14] Winner
Pan-American Championship [15]
Superfight against Royler Gracie
1998 Canada Jiu-Jitsu/Submission Open (Canada) Winner
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship [16] Second Place
Pan-American Championship [17] Winner
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship [18]
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship by Teams [19]
Olympic Arena Superfight against Vítor Ribeiro Champion Pitagoras Superfight
1999 ADCC Trials Jiu-Jitsu x Jiu-Jitsu Champion World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Second Place
Pan-American Championship[20] Winner
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship [18]
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship by Teams [21] Second Place
2000 ADCC Trials Jiu-Jitsu x Luta Livre Winner
ADCC World Sumission Wrestling (Abu Dhabi) Third Place
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship [22] Second Place
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship [23] Winner
Professional Jiu-Jitsu League Second Place
2001 ADCC World Sumission Wrestling (Abu Dhabi) Winner
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship [24]
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship [25] Second Place
Arnold World Gracie Submission
2002 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship [26] Winner
2003 USA X Brasil Challenge Winner
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship [27] Second Place
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship [28] Winner
2005 Pan-American Championship [29] Winner
USA X BRASIL Challenge
ADCC WorldSumission Wrestling (Abu Dhabi) Third Place
2006 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship [30] Second Place
2007 Pan-American No-Gi Championship [31] Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 0 wins 1 loss
By decision 0 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1-1 Poland Bart Palaszewski [32] Decision (Split) IFL - Gracie vs. Miletich September 23, 2006 3 4:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Draw 0-0-1 Japan Dokonjonosuke Mishima Draw Shooto - R.E.A.D. 9 August 27, 2000 3 5:00 Moline, Illinois, United States

Personal life[edit]

From 2001 to 2004 Marcio Feitosa dated and was engaged to Brazilian actress Taís Araújo.[33][34][35]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2008 Renzo Gracie: Legacy [36] Himself (Uncredited) Gethin Aldous Documentary
2014 Inner Strength [37] Himself Ravi Kumar Documentary

DVD releases[edit]

Marcio Feitosa has produced and appeared on various instructional DVDs releases.

DVD Title Director Length Production Co. Year Region
ADCC 2001 Submission Wrestling World Championships (6-DVD set) [38] Jeff Osborne 1,020 min Progressive Arts Media 2008 All
Aikido to BJJ with Derek Nakagawa & Marcio Feitosa [39] Dave Contreras 56 min Cryo Productions 2009 All
Champions of Gracie Barra [40] Mito Pontual 96 min Total Extreme Productions 2004 All
Gracie Barra Advanced Curriculum (2-DVD set) [41] Flavio Almeida 288 min Budo Videos 2010 All
Gracie Barra Fundamentals (4-DVD set) [42] Flavio Almeida 480 min Budo Videos 2008 All
Oscar de Jiu-Jitsu Vol. 2 [43] 110 min On The Mat 2006 1


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