Marcus Soares

Marcus Soares

Master BJJ Instructor

Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Bio: Master Marcus Vinicius de Macedo Soares was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro (Copacabana Beach), Brazil.  He has been a member of the Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Team since 1970 (the first generation).

Marcus has had the opportunity to instruct and to spar with some of the best and finest Brazilian fighters of our time.  From 1970 to 1981, Master Marcus Soares was a very active and successful member of the Carlson Gracie Team, the #1 Team in the world for over 3 decades. Marcus was promoted to BJJ Master 7th degree black belt by Grand Master Carlson Gracie in 2005 and received his 8th Dan in 2012.  He is the most experienced Carlson Gracie Team Professor in the world and the head of the Carlson Gracie Team in Canada.


  • Highest ranking black belt in North America (red/black belt)
  • Trainer of UFC and Pride fighters
  • Head of Carlson Gracie Team Canada
  • A direct student of Carlson Gracie Sr. and member since the first generation of the original Carlson Gracie Team (Brazil)
  • Founder of the Canadian Carlson Gracie Team (1997) and Father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Canada
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion from 1970 to 1981
  • Past senior and main instructor of the Carlson Gracie Academy (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • World class trainer of champions including Denis Kang, Ricardo de La Riva, Marcus “Conan” Silveira and many others