6th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Marcio Simas Seminar

6th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Marcio Simas
Master Marcio Simas
Master Marcio Simas

Marcio Simas, 6th Degree Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and President of the Florida Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be conducting a seminar at Grappling Mastery BJJ Academy on January 9th at 11am. The seminar is open to everyone at will only cost $50 for adults and $40 for kids.

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With over 30 years of training with the Gracie family, Marcio Simas is considered by many to be one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the Southeastern United States. He is one of the only jiu-jitsu teachers in Florida who studied under the legendary Rolls Gracie (who is regarded as the best jiu-jitsu fighter in the history of the Gracie family). Marcio received both his blue belt and his purple belt at Rolls’ Copacabana academy in Rio de Janeiro. After Rolls’ death at the age of 32, Marcio became a student of Rickson Gracie at the famous Gracie Humaitá academy where he earned his brown belt.

 

Carlos Gracie Jr., Marcio Simas
Marcio Simas, Carlos Gracie Jr.

When his family moved to the outer suburb of Rio de Janeiro, known as Barra de Tijuca, Marcio was able to reunite with his old friend Carlos Gracie Jr. When Rolls died Carlos Gracie Jr. was unanimously voted by the students to take over the teaching. Soon after, Carlos moved the academy to Barra da Tijuca where he founded the Gracie Barra Academy. Marcio was awarded his black belt by Carlos Gracie Jr. As a Gracie Barra Black Belt, Marcio is in an elite group of fighters that includes Renzo Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Crolin Gracie, Rillion Gracie, Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado, Marcio Feitosa and numerous world champions.

Marcio Simas and Gustavo "Gutty" Muggiati with Marcio Feitosa
Marcio Simas and Gustavo “Gutty” Muggiati with Marcio Feitosa

Marcio has been doing Jiu-Jitsu for over 39 years and has four schools. He is also President of the Federation in Florida of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He introduced Jiu-Jitsu here in Florida; also expanded Jiu-Jitsu here in the state of Florida because by bringing the Pan-American Championships to Florida for four straight years. He started training Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Brazil and brought it to Florida in 1994 when he opened his first school. Since then its expanded a lot. The fact that Royce Gracie fought in the UFC helped a lot to promote Jiu-jitsu and nowadays it’s grown so much that in every corner of this planet that you go you can find Jiu-Jitsu.

Multiple World Mundial Champion, Gustavo "Gutty" Muggiati, Professor Brian Ruscio, Pro Wrestler Tim "Patterson" Dodson, Professor Marcio Simas, and Professor Rodrigo Lango
Multiple World Mundial Champion, Gustavo “Gutty” Muggiati, Professor Brian Ruscio, Pro Wrestler Tim “Patterson” Dodson, Professor Marcio Simas, and Professor Rodrigo Lango

“It was hard to explain to people that didn’t know what Jiu-Jitsu was about. They all were asking questions like do you do katas? Do you have forms? And we didn’t really have anything like that. Also, to explain and to show how effective Jiu-Jitsu was. Another aspect was that everybody saw Jiu-Jitsu for the first time thru the UFC, so a lot of people were scared to even watch the class, thinking we were going to beat them up and it wasn’t like this. Also the way we train, because when I came here with my first school, I came with a Brazilian mentality and I came from a fighting school we didn’t have hobbyist at that time. Pretty much everyone that was in the school was to fight and our training was towards the competition fighting all the time. Later on we understood, we had other people interested in a form of Jiu-Jitsu but the class was not directed towards those kind of people. But nowadays we did it and we can accommodate everybody. Because in reality Jiu-Jitsu is a self defense and you can drive Jiu-Jitsu to a competition, you can use for MMA and you can use to lose weight for instance.

Marcio and has trained many MMA Champions in the past two decades he has been teaching in Central Florida
Marcio and has trained many MMA Champions in the past two decades he has been teaching in Central Florida

The athletes nowadays, because of the information, because of the internet, because of YouTube, people know more and have access to more information. The athletes that practice Jiu-Jitsu today, they are much better because they can get the information much quicker, they know better how to train themselves, less injuries, they can take of the injuries. Also, nutrition is a factor; people understand nowadays, they eat better than in my time when I was fighting. So definitely the level of the fighters if you compare with my generation it’s much better.  In terms of techniques, the base of Jiu-Jitsu did not change, of course you have different techniques nowadays, sweeps for instance is something that is a little bit different from my time, more sweeps nowadays. But the base of Jiu-Jitsu did not change at all. One guy that is still there to prove that is Roger Gracie that wins his competitions with no fancy movements. A lot of people are eager to learn the black belt moves. In reality, the difference is in the black belts, the moves that they sometimes emphasize, is that the guy has more experience than a blue belt. He’s been practicing longer and has perfected within himself.”

(excerpts from an interview by Vireo Puro)

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Professor Brian Ruscio earns his First Degree Promotion on his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio
IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio
IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio

Professor Brian Ruscio recently met all requirements and earned his First Degree and Stripe on his BJJ Black Belt.  On average it takes 10 years to earn a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  For some it takes much longer, and others it takes less.  Brian Ruscio earned his Black Belt 7 years after starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  He credits his mat awareness, balance, base, and understanding of fundamental positions he learned from USA Wrestling since an early age for his quick understanding and improvement in the sport of BJJ.  It helped him understand what to look for when his instructors were demonstrating the techniques.  It didn’t take him long to recognize that a fight didn’t end when someone was on their back, and unlike wrestling, the match keeps going.  He fell in love with the sport and the ability to be even more creative with his techniques and strategy.  BJJ goes beyond Wrestling in that aspect and quickly became a passion for him.

Professor Brian Ruscio earned his Black Belt in September of 2012 at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu, from Marcio Simas.  He was even awarded special recognition from Marcio Simas.  Professor Brian Ruscio is an International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and United States Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (USBJJF) recognized Black Belt.

According to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Guidelines, once a person achieves the rank of Black Belt they must do the following to earn their first degree:

  • Athlete must have a Black Belt awarded by a 2nd degree Black Belt certified by the IBJJF
  • Contribute to the Art/Sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for at least 3 years after Graduation, examples are competing, teaching, and refereeing.
  • Maintain CPR Certification
  • Maintain Affiliation with the IBJJF
  • Keep up to date on the rules set forth by the Federation by attending the most recent Rules Seminar.
  • Must pass a Background Check

What’s Next?

Professor Ruscio now has his sights set on his second degree.  To him this will be the most important because at 2nd degree Black Belt he will have the ability to promote his students to Black Belt.  As a student of Professor Ruscio at Grappling Mastery students will have their BJJ Belt recognized by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation!  Abiding by the Federation Guidelines is an important part of maintaining the integrity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a martial art and representing your academy as a legitimate place to train.  It also allows students to compete at some of the most prestigious BJJ tournaments.

The following are the Ranks of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

  • Black Belt (read how to get your Black Belt in BJJ)
  • First Degree Black Belt (3 years as Black Belt and req. above)
  • Second Degree Black Belt (3 years as First Degree)
  • Third Degree Black Belt (3 years as Second Degree)
  • Fourth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Third Degree)
  • Fifth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Fourth Degree)
  • Sixth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Fifth Degree)
  • Seventh Degree Red & Black Coral Belt (MASTER) (7 years as Sixth Degree)
  • Eighth Degree Red & White Coral Belt (MASTER) (7 years as Red & Black Coral)
  • Ninth Degree Red Belt (GRAND MASTER) (10 years as Red & White Coral)
  • Tenth Degree Red Belt (This Belt was reserved for the Founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Carlos Gracie Sr., Gastão Gracie, George Gracie, Oswaldo Gracie, and Hélio Gracie)

Is your Instructor a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt according to the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?

 

Master Carlos Gracie Jr. earns his 8th Degree Red and White “Coral” Belt

Carlos Gracie Jr. earns the 8th Degree Black and White Coral Belt Master in BJJ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Congratulations to Master Carlos Gracie Jr. on earning his 8th Degree, Red and White “Coral” Belt

Carlos Gracie Jr., Head of Gracie Barra
Carlos Gracie Jr., Head of Gracie Barra

The belt was presented by 8th Degree Mauricio Robbe de Almeida.  Becoming a Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not an easy feat.  Carlos Gracie Jr. is now 10 years away from joining the ranks of Grand Masters in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

At Grappling Mastery, we are honored to have Carlos Gracie Jr. in our BJJ Ancestry!  After Rolls Gracie died from a hang gliding accident, Professor Marcio Simas began training with Master Rickson Gracie and Master Carlos Gracie Jr.  Earning his 6th Degree Black Belt and moving to

Marcio Simas and Carlos Gracie Jr.
Marcio Simas and Carlos Gracie Jr.

Central Florida where eventually he met Brian Ruscio.  A Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestler, Professor Brian Ruscio studied under Marcio Simas and even worked for him at his BJJ Academy in Orlando, Florida for the next 8 years before moving and opening Grappling Mastery Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy in Mount Dora, Florida.

Brian Ruscio receiving his Black Belt on September 30, 2012 from Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra
Brian Ruscio receiving his Black Belt on September 30, 2012 from Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra

 

 

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Brian Ruscio awarded Special Recognition from 6th Degree BJJ Master Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu in Orlando

Professor Brian Ruscio was recently awarded special recognition from 6th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Master Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu in Orlando, Florida.  Marcio is a pioneer in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu bring the Gentle Art to Florida over 20 years ago in 1993.  Since then he has built and produced dozens of Black Belts that have gone on to win World and Pan-American Jiu Jitsu Tournaments, UFC, and other Pro and Amateur MMA Events.  Both Marcio, who is a IBJJF Pan Champion and his partner Gutty Muggiati, a World Masters and Mundial Champion have personally trained Brian Ruscio for the last decade.

Brian Ruscio recently won the NAGA Pan-American Championship at the Expert Level.

Learn more about Brian Ruscio and Grappling Mastery’s Gracie Barra lineage.

Here are some pictures from the Gracie Barra Event, more will be coming soon from our Professional Photographer.

To learn from a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt in the Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares, or Leesburg area visit Grappling Mastery and take 30 Days of Free Jiu Jitsu Classes from Brian Ruscio!!

Gracie Barra Orlando’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Gracie Barra Orlando 20th Year Anniversary
Gracie Barra Orlando 20th Year Anniversary
Professor Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra Orlando, 6th Degree Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.
Professor Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra Orlando, 6th Degree Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.

Professor Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra in Orlando, Florida has personally invited Professor Brian Ruscio and the Grappling Mastery Team to attend his 20th Anniversary of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Central Florida.

Marcio Simas has been Brian Ruscio’s mentor since he began learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu many years ago.  It will be an honor to attend this event as Marcio will be awarding Brian Ruscio all his other Black Belts since 1994 special recognition!  Many have moved and hopefully most will be attending in person.

More about Grappling Mastery’s Gracie Barra Lineage The event will be Saturday, December 20th 2014 from 12-4 pm at Bill Frederick Park and cost $10 per person.  Kids 10 and under are free.

View Pictures of the Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu 20 Year Celebration

Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr. 12 Commandments of BJJ

 12 Commandments of BJJ, by Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr.

  1. Speak to every one of happiness, health and prosperity.
  2. Give all your friends the feeling that they are valuable.
  3. Always look at events from a positive point of view, and turn positivity into a reality in life.
  4. Think always in the best, work solely for the best and expect always the best.
  5. Always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  6. Forget about past mistakes and concentrate your energies on the victories ahead.
  7. Always keep your fellow men joyful and have a pleasant attitude to all that address you.
  8. Spend all the time you need in perfecting yourself, but leave no time to criticise the others.
  9. Become too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear and too happy to tumble in adversity.
  10. Always have a positive opinion about yourself and tell it to the world, not through words of vanity but through benevolence.
  11. Have the strong belief that the world is beside you if you keep true to what is best within you.

Learn More about our Lineage