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“BJJ is a essential part of my life, where I find happiness. It is where I learn how to fight inside and outside of the mat, it is where I test myself and my limits always trying to get better on everything I do, it is where I build friendships that will last a lifetime, it is what makes me Physically healthy and mentally balanced and finally now more than ever it is my tool to change people’s life and get them to share with me the same benefits of this great lifestyle.”
Professor Marcio Lemos is Co Founder of Gracie Barra Pymble and Gracie Barra Hornsby
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.
To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. This is done by utilizing superior leverage, grip and position upon your opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body.
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.
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, Max Jonas, 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.
Professor Vincent Pang was born in Hong Kong and moved to the UK in 1999. As a teenager, he was inspired by several Hong Kong martial arts icons and started learning Wing Chun Kung Fu from his father. Vincent received his first taste of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2005 whilst at university and began training informally with a group of friends in the student sports centre. It wasn’t until his time in Bristol as a Masters student did he start formal classes, training with Trojan Freefighters BJJ under Professor Italo Ferreira.
After the completion of his Masters degree, Vincent moved to Nottingham to begin his PhD and discovered a new academy in the form of Gracie Barra Mansfield, led by Professor Victor Estima. Since then, he has remained with Victor in the Midlands, including the transition of his main academy to the centre of Nottingham. During this time, Vincent was the head instructor of the University of Nottingham Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club, and taught occasionally at Gracie Barra Nottingham.
Shortly after receiving his black belt from Victor in 2017, Vincent moved to Sydney where he now teaches and trains at Gracie Barra Pymble alongside his job as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Carlos Gracie Senior > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Marcelo Rezende > Marcio Lemos > Karl Salva
Started training in 2011 at the age of 21 under Marcio Lemos at Gracie Barra Hornsby. Started competing from white belt.
Gold at NSW state championships in blue belt light featherweight
Double Gold at Pan Pacific Championships in blue belt light feather weight Gi and Nogi
Gold at Oceanic Championships in blue belt light feather weight
Finished 2014 Ranked 2nd in Australia adult male blue belt Gi
Finished 2014 Ranked 5th in Australia adult male blue belt Nogi
Gold at Abu Dhabi Trials Sydney in blue belt light feather weight and bronze in <75kg blue belt open weight
Gold at IBJJF Sydney Open in blue belt light feather weight 2015 and received purple belt on the podium from Professor Marcio Lemos.
Silver at Pan Pacific Championships in purple belt light feather weight
Silver at ACT State Championships purple belt feather weight
Bronze at NSW State Championships purple belt feather weight
Gold at Gracie Barra Compnet 2nd Copa Podio Carlos Gracie Senior Cup in purple belt light feather weight
In 2016 went to America to train under Professor Romulo Barral at GB Northridge and Professor Robert Hill at GB Glendale, attended worlds camp at GB HQ Irvine led my Master Carlos Gracie Junior in preparation for 2016 Jiu-Jitsu World Championships. Represented Gracie Barra Oceania at the World Championships as a purple belt
Silver in purple belt light feather weight Australian National Championships
Silver in purple belt light feather weight NSW State Championships
Gold in purple belt light feather weight Gracie Barra 30 year Anniversary
Bronze in purple belt light feather weight Pan Pacific Championships
Gold in purple belt light feather weight UAEJJF Melbourne Pro International
Competed at Asian Championships Japan in brown belt light feather weight