Marcus Almeida (192cm / 6’3″ tall) was born on the 8th 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, by his own admission, he was not very good at it. He then set his sights on surfing, a sport he practised 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. In time, Mr Cleiton started practising 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. 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 Championships in 2010) and not long after, his father was also awarded his black belt in BJJ.

He moved to the United States with his master, Cavaca, and 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. After a short spell when he returned to his native Santos in 2011 with his master, Buchecha came back to the United States where he started coaching and competing full-time.

After his return to the United States in 2012, Marcus Buchecha Almeida’s career as a black belt competitor took off to another level with a win in both his weight and the absolute category at the Pan American Championships, as well as the World Jiu Jitsu Championships (both with IBJJF). He also fought the legendary Roger Gracie at the Metamoris Pro Invitational, giving a great display of jiu jitsu, tying the match in submission-only rules with the 10x world champion.