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IMG_0940[1]Professor Marcelo Pereira

5th Degree Black Belt







Marcelo Pereira is a 5th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the Head instructor of Gracie Barra Sorrento Valley location. Marcelo’s black belt and teaching credentials are certified by both the Confederation & International Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With over 27 years of training and competition experience, Marcelo continues his training under Master Nelson Monteiro.  Below I have posted a few of Professor Marcelo Pereira’s achievements:
·         2007 World No-Gi Absolute (Open weight) champion
·         2007 World No-Gi Medium Heavyweight  Runner-up
·         5 Time Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion
·         2 Time Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Runner-up
·         2 Time California State Open Champion


IMG_0925[1]Professor Justin McDaniel

Black Belt


Justin McDaniel is a Gracie Barra Black Belt under Professor Marcelo Pereira and continues his training under Professor Marcelo as well as Master Nelson Monteiro.  Professor Justin started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2007 when he started training with Professor Dominic Parker at Gracie Barra San Diego.  Professor Justin has been teaching Jiu-Jitsu since he was a Purple Belt. Professor Justin is also a Muay Thai Kru having trained with Master Vilayphone Ratsaboutseue (Master V.Phon) as well as multiple time Lumpinee Champion Kru Anan Borisut.  Professor Justin was a Professional and Semi – Professional Muay Thai fighter from 1990 thru 1996 and has been teaching Martial Arts for over 20 years.

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