About Us


MCBJJ is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy and has been located in Carson, California for the past 11 years. Marcelo Cavalcanti is the owner and only head instructor at the academy, who has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 28 years. Marcelo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Rigan Machado, and devotes his life and career in teaching, training, competing, and fighting in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and various other Martial Arts.

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MCBJJ Academy focuses on teaching and promoting the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in and out of the community. We strive in producing positive results for people inside the academy and in their daily lives. We encourage you to stop by our school and see what we are all about.

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Marcelo Cavalcanti with actor Zane Holtz


Marcelo Cavalcanti

Certified Instructor by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.

  • Black Belt 4th  Degree
  • Owner and Head Instructor of MCBJJ Academy
  • Head Instructor of MCBJJ Visalia
  • More than 28 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Experience
  • Taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil and currently teaching in the U.S.
  • Head Instructor of the South Bay YMCA in California
  • Creator of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program for the Braille Institute
  • Organizer of the 1st No-Gi Fightwear BJJ Tournament 2005
  • Fighters Featured:
    • Jeff Glover
    • Bill Cooper
    • Rani Yahya
    • Marco “Parrumpinha” da Matta
    • Master Rickson Gracie (Special Guest in Attendance)

How You Benefit?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training offers many benefits, besides just learning how to defend yourself. A dedicated jiu-jitsu practitioner can expect to learn more then just effective techniques in unarmed combat, jiu-jitsu training can literally change your life both physically and mentally. Martial Arts training in general can be a life pursuit that affects and changes you as a person. You will learn to be…

  • More Confident
  • More Patient
  • Happier
  • More Agile
  • Healthier


Since Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows a small person to submit bigger opponents with the use of proper techniques, especially when the aggressor has no ground fighting knowledge, its use as a self-defense system has increased over the last years. Women have also managed to defend themselves by the use of BJJ techniques.

Public Security

Police officers, security guards and similar professional’s interest in BJJ has grown. Many security-related professions have emphasized the training in grappling and ground fighting techniques, especially in BJJ, to guarantee success in situations that demand hand-to-hand combat.

Mixed Martial Arts

In MMA, proficiency in grappling and ground fighting has become a pre-requisite, and BJJ is, almost always, a favorite martial art in these moments.