Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida
Marcus Almeida was born on the 8th of January, 1990, in a town called Sao Vicente close to Santos in the state of Sao Paulo. As a child Marcus wanted to be a football (soccer) player, but he was not very good at it by his own admission. He then turned his sights on Surfing a sport he practiced from a young age.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu only came into “Buchecha’s” life in his mid teens. He was 14 years old when his sister first started training BJJ. Marcus’s father, Mr Cleiton Almeida, was very protective of his daughter and started accompanying her to class. With time Mr Cleiton started practicing himself and from there it wasn’t long until he was dragging his son Marcus with him. Luckily young Marcus loved Jiu-Jitsu from the start and started training every chance he could.
Marcus’s physical abilities helped by the masterful eye of his instructor, BJJ World Champion Rodrigo Cavaca, soon turned Buchecha into one of the most feared athletes in the lower belt divisions, and after successive wins in the “Brasileiro”, Pan American, Sao Paulo Cup, Scandinavian Open and “Mundial”, Almeida received his black belt (while on the podium after his win at the World Championship in 2010), not long after his father was also awarded his black belt in BJJ. He moved to the United States with his master and his team mate Thiago “Baiano” Aragao in 2010 where he confirmed he belonged in the major league of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, winning the World Nogi Tournament later that year, closing the bracket with his “Avengers” team mate, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. He returned to his native Sao Paulo in 2011, with his master Cavaca, continuing his dedication to BJJ.
- 4x World Champion (2010 brown & absolute, 2009 purple weight & absolute);
- 6x World Nogi Champion (2011 black weight & absolute, 2010 black weight & absolute, 2009 brown & absolute);
- 4x World Cup Champion (2009 brown – weight and absolute, 2008 blue – weight and absolute)
- 3x Pan American Champion (2010 brown, 2012 Black weight and absolute);
- 3x World Pro Cup Trials Champion (2010, 2012 weight & absolute)
- SP Cup Champion (2010 WLPJJ)
- 2x Miami Open Champion (2010 black, weight & absolute – closed bracket with team mate);
- 3x Brazilian National Champion (2010 brown, weight & absolute, 2008 purple);
- Brazilian Teams Champion (2008 purple)
- World Silver Medallist (2011 black)