Professor Marcos Carvalho, Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt 3rd Degree.
In 1995 Professor Marcos Carvalho started training Judo and in January 1999 he left Judo training behind and starting to train Jiu-Jitsu. He trained at Gracie Barra from White Belt to Purple Belt then when he completed his degree in Agronomic Engineering. Then he had to move to another city to start his Master's degree in Plant Physiology at the University of São Paulo (USP). In the new city where he went to live, was no Gracie Barra there, so he started to train at the CheckMat Team, where he was graduated from Brown Belt and Black Belt (2010) under Professor Felipe Vidal.
Professor Vidal was born in Teresópolis in the state of Rio de Janeiro. He was graduated to Black Belt under “Nova União” Team, and after a while, he went to teach Jiu-Jitsu in the state of São Paulo for the CheckMat team. Thus, Professor Marcos' lineage is as follows:
Carlson Gracie > Dedé Pederneiras > Robson Moura > Felipe Vidal > Marcos Carvalho.
Professor Marcos competed for 17 years (1999-2016) in all Jiu-Jitsu belts and in several Brazilian states. He retired from competitions in 2016 due to joint inflammation. He always studied Plant Science and Jiu-Jitsu at the same time. He has a very broad knowledge of these two areas and in Jiu-Jitsu, specifically, he really likes to train with or without Gi.
In 2015 he came to New Zealand for the first time to take a part in the Ph.D. course in Plant Genetics at Massey University when he met his partner. In 2016 he returned to Brazil to complete his Ph.D. and in 2018 he returned to New Zealand for good and got married.
In 2021 Professor Marcos Carvalho joined WāhiBJJ and became a great contributor for the knowledge of the students, teaching and helping to grow the WāhiBJJ Team in New Zealand.