Marcus Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida, or as most of the world now knows him: "Buchecha" has quickly become the best in the world winning this years Pan Am's, and now taking double gold at the 2012 World Championships in the super heavy and absolute divisions tearing through opponents such as Tussa Alencar, Rodolfo Vieira, and Bernardo Faria just to name a few. In the 2012 Worlds Buchecha amassed 6 submissions, beating his remaining opponents with a combined 20-13 pretty much ensuring the next year will be his to bask in the glory as being the best in the sport of BJJ!
Student of Rodrigo Cavaca, (who gave Marcus his nickname Buchecha, which basically means "chubby cheeks," referencing Marcus being a bit overweight), Buchecha is now in the US teaching exclusively at Ace Jiu Jitsu in Fountain Valley, CA. alongside head instructors Asa Fuller, Chris Thue, and Tim Cartmell.
I have yet to have the honor to train with the man, but from what I have heard he is an amazing instructor with solid English and is VERY much competition oriented focusing on unique drills and a sport oriented approach to the art. He is teaching group classes at Ace as well as taking a limited number of private students. For more information contact Ace JJ: 714-964-4488 or stop by at 18225 Brookhurst St. (right off the 405) Fountain Valley, CA. 92708
Speaking of competition and its role in your approach to BJJ, just what elements factor into your decision to train under a certain instructor? Is his/her competition record a factor? Rank? Affiliation? Before checking out Buchecha kicking ass below take a moment and vote on my poll to the right ---------------->