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Professor Marcio Lemos started training martial arts when he was 15 years old, through Capoeira. He has had the privilege of receiving coaching from many jiu-jitsu legends, such as Marcelo Rezende, Marcio Feitosa, Flavio Almeida Roberto Tussa, and Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
He was born in the city of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil. In 2004 he migrated to New Zealand where he lived and taught Jiu-Jitsu in the city of Queenstown for two years. In 2006 he migrated to Sydney where he began practicing jiu-jitsu under professor Marcelo Rezende and became part of the Gracie Barra family.
In March 2010, Marcio took his first step towards the realisation of his dream, The Jiu Jitsu Academy Gracie Barra Hornsby was created. The Gracie Barra Hornsby aims to bring up good people and to offer a place were students can grow, not just as fighters but as people .
Professor Marcio Lemos is the founder of Gracie Barra Hornsby and Gracie Barra Pymble.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it is a fundamental part of who I am. It continues to steer me towards being the best version of myself that I can hope to be. I can no longer separate the part of me that practices Jiu-Jitsu from the rest of my identity.
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for me is being able to learn to defend yourself not only physically but also being prepared for the unusual circumstances of life in general.
For me Jiu Jitsu was the link to my Karate background, that helps me to become a more complete, more confident martial artist. Jiu Jitsu is a no nonsense, no excuses style, that challenges me to reset my goals higher and to demand more from myself.
"Greatness is to do, what one is not expected to do".
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
- 3rd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate
After years of office work, I was looking for a new challenge, that would push me both physicall and mentally.
Bjj is a skill that will teach you many aspects of self defense, but in my opinion, it is the non-jiujitsu and fighting related benefits that are the most beneficial. This includes things such as mental fortitude, increased problem solving skills, and hardening that never say die attitude.