Marcio Cruz

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Black Belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr

Professor Marcio Cruz is the head instructor of Marcio Cruz Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz is a third degree black belt who studied under Master Carlos Gracie Jr., founder of Gracie Barra. Professor Marcio is considered one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters of all times.

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Gracie Barra Background

Marcio Cruz was one of the biggest stars of the Gracie Barra Academy in the early 2000’s. Professor Marcio conquered numerous titles, including some of his biggest achievements: two open weight black belt world championship titles in 2002 and 2003.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Lineage

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Marcio Cruz Achievements

  • ADCC Champion (2003)
  • 6x World Champion
  • 8x Pan American Champion
  • 5x Brazilian Champion
  • 2x Brazilian National Silver Medallist
  • 4x World Bronze Medallist


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Grappling credentials

Professor Marcio Cruz is a six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion, eight-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan-American Champion and 2003 ADCC World Champion. People he has defeated numerous opponents including Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Van Arsdale, Roger Gracie, Gabriel Gonzaga, Paulo Filho, Fabricio Werdum, Xande Ribeiro, Marcelo Garcia, Saulo Ribeiro, Fernando Augusto, Jeff Monson, and Fernado “Margarida” Pontes.

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Marcio Cruz “Pe de Pano” Biography

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Professor Marcio Cruz was born on the 24th of April, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started learning Martial Arts at the age of 12 at Karate in a dojo close to where he lived. Pe de Pano lived part of his early teenage years at his grandfather’s house, when he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by a friend.

Black Belt Under Carlos Gracie Jr

In 2001, Marcio Cruz won the World Championship in his weight division and the overall division, defeating all his opponents by submission. He was given his black belt there and then by Carlos “Carlinhos” Gracie Jr. In that same year, Marcio Cruz won the Brazilian Nationals again in his weight and absolute divisions, this time as a black belt.

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Marcio Cruz is one of the most gifted fighters the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world has ever produced. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and train under Marcio Cruz in person, call us today at (813) 406-4449 and schedule your FREE trial class.