Marcelo “Cazuza” began practicing jiu jitsu in 1991 with the master Sérgio “Bolão” Souza. He earned his black belt from “Bolão” who is a 6th grade Black Belt, who was graduated by the late master Carlson Gracie. He graduated from his black belt in 2000 and taught classes for 13 years at the academy of master Sérgio “Bolão” Souza until he moved to the United States and began teaching with Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros.

Marcelo Cazuza is a 4th Degree Black belt, who is certified by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Cazuza is highly praised by his students and colleagues as he strives to go above and beyond in his teaching. Cazuza is also a Pan American Champion, 7x Chicago Open Champion in both Gi and No-Gi, and multiple times World and Pan American medalist.