Marcelo Rapucci

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt

Marcelo started in Judo at 4 years old in Brazil - training until he was 16 years old and graduated with a Green Belt. After Judo, he started in Karate Kyokushin and Kickboxing until he was graded with Yellow Belt. In 2004 at 18 years old he begun Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Master Coach Eduardo Telles' academy ( The Turtle Master). In 2016 Marcelo was graded to Black Belt by the Master Coach Marco Barbosa.

In the past 13 years he has had long journey, including several big competitions around the world (National and International). He has a lot of experience teaching classes and private lessons for kids, teenagers, women, adults and competitors. Marcelo joined CORE MMA Hamilton after moving from Brazil to New Zealand in 2016, where he has taken on the role of BJJ Competition team coach.