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Marcello and his family not only bring an authentic and well documented lineage of Gracie Jiu Jitsu to Pace, FL but a unique style of teaching that focuses on personal development, growth, family, and community.

MARCELLO

Marcello
Professor Marcello's training started in one of the greatest competition schools in the world, Alliance Head Quarters in Atlanta, Georgia under 7th Degree Black Belt Romero "Jacare" Calvacanti. Since then Marcello has continued to practice and teach Jiu Jitsu in many parts of the world from civilians to military personnel. Professor Marcello received his black belt in 2011 by Hall of Fame World Champion Jiu Jitsu Competitor, Professor Alexandre "Xander" Ribeiro. In 2014 Marcello received his 1st degree black belt by World Champion Jiu Jitsu Competitor Raphael "Gordinho" Correa Lima. Following, in 2017, his 2nd degree was presented to him by Master Pedro Sauer.

JASMIN

Jasmin
Coach Jasmin has been training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu for six years, earning her purple belt in 2017. She has helped develop Children's Competition Team programs, as well as programs for Women's Self-defense. Jasmin's passion now is to give back to the Pace community where she raises her children, fostering health and wellness. She is a natural-born teacher, with experience tutoring students from elementary to college.

JESSICA - KIDS AND ADULTS COACH

Jessica
  • Associates of Science in Nursing
  • Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at West Florida hospital
  • Certified in both basic and advanced life support
  • Certified ACE Personal Trainer
  • Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since October 2013
  • Mom of two freaks

DAISY - PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Daisy
  • Associates of Arts in Education
  • Trilingual - English, sign language and Spanish
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid
  • Owner of DaisyKae LLC - Accounting consulting firm and Kimono Cream creator
  • Training Gracie Jiu Jitsu since July 2017

ZOE - A.C.E TEACHER AND PRIVATE TUTOR

Zoe
  • Raised in Athens, Georgia
  • Moved to Pensacola 4 years ago to attend University of West Florida
  • Dual majoring in elementary education and exceptional student education
  • Graduating in December of 2018 with a dual major as an Emerge Scholar
  • Hope to teach 1st grade but we’ll see what the future holds
  • Training Gracie Jiu Jitsu since July 2017.
  • I have a boxer dog named Yeti!!!