About The Academy

We are open Monday-Saturday  and offer a flexible schedule to all students. We offer classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts for children, teens and adults. We use flexi-rolls swain sports mats, considered the ultimate MMA mats, and provide head and body protection for MMA training. All students are required to have clean uniforms and cut nails so that every one can enjoy a clean, safe, friendly and pleasant environment.

Students who have demonstrated enough ability can join the competition team to compete in academy-sponsored tournaments and in local and out-of-town tournaments. Matches are held at all skill levels and age groups.

Professor Marcelo Oliveira

Marcelo Oliveira is from Gracie Barra BH, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He initiated his first contact with the martial arts at the age of 6 years old, encouraged by his older brother Marcus Oliveira, who is also a professional fighter in Brazil, Marcelo studied different martial arts, such as Kung Fu, Karate, Taekendo, Full Contact, Ken Judo and other self-defense systems using guns and knives.

His experience as an instructor began when he was only 13 years old, teaching secrets of martial arts to children at the Yate Club Pampulha in Belo Horizonte, the same town where later he opened his first school. He also initiated community work with homeless kids from the area.

In 1988 he earned his black belt in Taekendo under Master Park. One year later he received his black belt in Ken  and Full Contact, accomplishing professional open division combats.

In 1989 Antonio Novares, a professor from Gracie Barra Rio arrived in Belo Horizonte. Marcelo embraced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a way to improve his fighting abilities.

When Vinicius Magalhaes "Draculino” from Gracie Barra Rio established the first Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Belo Horizonte in 1995, Marcelo became one of his first students and competitors. Later he was also an instructor at Gracie Barra BH, under Draculino's supervision. He won victories at the state and national level.

The Gracie Barra BH is considered one of the most technical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools in the world.

Marcelo moved to United States to continue spreading his knowledge and expand authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu abroad for adults and children. In 2003 he opened his first school located in Union City, NJ.

In 2005 he relocated the school to Fairview, NJ. Since March of 2009, his new school is on the ever famous Bergenline Avenue in Guttenburg, NJ and runs six days a week. Having a strong sense of family growing up, he aptly named the school Jiu-Jitsu Family Training Center.

Marcelo is considered a Master in special details and modifications of the "Arte Suave" for law enforcement and self-defense training. He trains and brings his students to participate in BJJ Camp Seminars in Brazil and activities of self-defense in "TIRO URANO" shooting school.

Currently under Master Renzo Gracie, Marcelo continues working and serving the community.

Marcelo with his professor Draculino-Gracie Barra BH

Why practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position and using joint-locks and choke-holds to force an opponent to submit. The system developed from a modified version of pre-World warII judo including some techniques from Japanese Jiujitsu and with a focus on ne-waza (ground technique).

It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.

Sparring (commonly referred to as 'rolling') and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds also found in numerous other arts with or without ground fighting emphasis. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are sometimes negated if grappling on the ground.

BJJ includes many techniques to throw or tackle opponents to the ground which revolve around using the primary bases of the body, the hips and shoulders. These takedowns are difficult to counter without training. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into suitable position for the application of a submission hold.

Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard position to defend oneself from bottom, and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate.