Marcel Goncalves is the first student of Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu and is a decorated competitor. He tells his powerful life story and how Jiu-Jitsu helped him endure very hard times. He also talks about embracing challenges and the value of positive mindset. Click “read more” for show notes 


  • Origins / Mata Grosso Do Sul
  • Cultural differences between Brazil and the US
  • The difficult times Jiu-Jitsu got him through
  • Embracing challenges and positive mindset
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s therapeutic applications
  • Becoming Cyborg’s first student
  • How he ended up in the US
  • Fighting for Bellator
  • Balancing MMA and BJJ
  • Grappling Pro Championship
  • How not getting paid at Metamoris inspired him to start his own tournament
  • Tournament rules
  • Cyborg vs Tom Deblass