Marcio “Gracinha” Cesar
135lbs / 61kgs
- Pro since 2005
- Third degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
- 11 submission finishes
AKA Thailand’s head BJJ coach Marcio Cesar Gracinha has a long and storied pedigree in the Jiu jitsu game. A high level black belt under the tutelage of legendary coach Cristiano Marcello, Gracinha has trained with some of today’s best and most recognized names in MMA such as Wanderlei Silva, Christiane Santos, Shogun Rua, and Renan Barao.
From 2000-2008 he fought out of the world famous Chute Boxe academy. He has 30 pro MMA fights under various promotions such as Shooto, Pancrase, and BAMMA and has amassed an impressive record of 18-9-3 with 11 wins by way of submission. When his coach Rafael Cordeiro moved to the United States, Gracinha moved to Holland for one year where he trained and taught at Mike’s Gym, world re-knowned for producing great fighters in both K1 and MMA.
In 2011 he returned home to Brazil and joined legendary gym Nova Uniao and began working with Andre Pederneiras. He once again trained with the best in the world including current UFC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo. In 2015 he joined our coaching staff here at AKA Thailand and his wealth of experience has already had a great effect, with several of our fighters winning big in competition.