Professor Marcelo Garcia is considered by many to be the greatest BJJ competitor of all time. He talks about his origins, avoiding one-dimensional training, self discipline and managing ego. He also discusses why you should always seek tough rolls. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • His team’s recent performance at Worlds
  • The growth of Jiu-Jitsu since he started training
  • His introduction to Jiu-Jitsu
  • Other martial arts he’s learned
  • Avoiding one dimensional training
  • There is always time to address your weak areas
  • Knowing a move vs mastering a move
  • Why understanding control is so important
  • How he mentally approaches rolls vs competition
  • Jiu-Jitsu in his home town and the decision to move to Team Alliance
  • The early days of Alliance
  • Why he stayed with Alliance after the big split
  • Getting something out of every roll, regardless who it is with
  • The value of self discipline for competitors
  • Master Fabio Gurgel
  • Losing a student
  • Making the decision as an academy owner to remove a student from the academy
  • The importance of sharing knowledge
  • His views on modern Jiu-Jitsu
  • Fighting to win vs fighting not to lose
  • Learning from your losses
  • Staying motivated during plateaus
  • Managing ego
  • Why you should always seek difficult rolls
  • The North South choke
  • Arm in chokes and why he doesn’t use them much
  • Keys for smaller people to beat larger people
  • Why he chose NYC for his academy’s location
  • His hobbies outside Jiu-Jitsu
  • Fatherhood