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Greg Nelson
Greg Nelson

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Last Name: Motta
Nickname: "Guardinha"
City: Colorado Springs
State: CO
Country: USA
School: Prime Jiu-Jitsu

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1. Submitted by Nazar Eltinay on Monday December 12, 2011 6:52 AM
Superb coaching abilities , motivator , leader , true sansei and up most important an honest frined .

2. Submitted by Flavio Serafim on Thursday December 15, 2011 5:35 AM
Deus continue te iluminando brother!!!

3. Submitted by Oscar Junior on Saturday December 17, 2011 12:55 AM
Guerreiro nato, excelente carater e um excelente companheiro de Equipe!! Mta luz nos seus caminhos irmao!! Grande Abraco !! Osssss

4. Submitted by Michael Chatfield on Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:04 AM
Marcello the Machine, excellent coach ,true person and true friend .Good luck with the new school. Amigo from Michael "Shaiba "Chatfield.Oss.

5. Submitted by Ayoob Ali on Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:21 PM
One of the greatest coaches I've ever had,, a humble guy, with a great personality

6. Submitted by Atom Ariola on Saturday January 14, 2012 5:20 PM
Professor Marcello is a master jiu jitsu practitioner. Moreover, he is a phenomenal and most inspiration coach. He has demonstrated the utmost skill in both practice and teaching I have yet seen. Finally, Professor Mota is an amicable humble and approachable person. His love of the art shines through above all and he will enhance anyone's game--either beginner or black belt. I highly recommend him. -Atom Ariola

7. Submitted by jarred mercado on Friday February 3, 2012 12:10 PM
For the past year i have the pleasure and honor of learning jiu jitsu under Professor Marcelo Motta. I have competed in wrestling for over 20 years and now MMA and Jiu jitsu for the past four years. Professor Motta is easily one of the best teachers and coaches that I have learned under. His technical knowledge is second to none and he has a great ability to break down the finer points of moves making it easy to absorb and understand. He also has an extreme passion and love for the sport of jiu jitsu which is contagious and makes everyone in the room want eager to learn and train. More importantly Professor Motta is an outstanding person, he is a humble, kind, and is always looking to help others. I highly recommend him as an instructor. If you have the chance to work with him jump at the opportunity.

8. Submitted by Todd Battaglia on Friday February 17, 2012 10:08 PM
A true honor for me to beable to train with this gentleman. He is very professional, great teaching style , has improved my game already .. I look forward to training with him for years to come..

9. Submitted by Tim Varallo on Saturday February 18, 2012 9:24 PM
What every review stated previously is very true, Professor Marcelo is an outstanding BJJ technician and person. What needs to be added is his ability to work with children. I have never seen someone work so naturally and be so comfortable with kids as Professor Marcelo. He is obviously dedicated to using BJJ to make a positive impact on kids and creates an environment of co-operation and respect. I consider myself very lucky to have Prof Marcelo train me, but even even more so to have him train my daughter!

10. Submitted by Anonymous on Sunday February 19, 2012 1:27 AM
Professor Motta is extremely passionate and goes out of his way to ensure you understand the lesson of the day. He spends just as much time helping the white belts as he does the higher belts. As a new student at Prime BJJ... I have felt welcome as part of the family from day one... he has renewed my passion for BJJ and my desire to train more consistently and become a future champion! -Palmer

11. Submitted by Abraham Loo on Wednesday March 7, 2012 8:55 PM
Awesome instructor. The school in Colorado Springs has a great atmosphere and great training.

12. Submitted by Jim on Saturday April 14, 2012 12:22 PM
Professor Motta is the best BJJ coach. Great knowledge, great technician, great teacher, and great person. It's an honor to have his studio in Colorado Springs.

13. Submitted by Kurt Frankenberg on Wednesday June 27, 2012 11:21 PM
Professor Motta is a true professional. I am inspired, being a 30-year veteran of teaching martial arts (striking), by Prof. M's attention to detail on the fundamentals. I truly feel like a white belt in his presence, and enjoying every minute of his step-by step approach.

14. Submitted by Ethan Day on Tuesday July 10, 2012 12:35 PM
Great technician, teacher, and competitor. Anyone can benefit from training with Prof. Motta

15. Submitted by Ben Ireland on Monday August 27, 2012 5:19 PM
Prof. Motta is truly a professional, he has molded my son into a future champion. The month he was promoted he pulled double gold at his next tournament. Prof Marcelo pushes him beyond what he thought he has every day. In addition, he is a great role model because he is out there doing the same thing he is pushing his students to do...be their best. He leads by example in everything he does. If you are looking for a true professional to teach you the ways of BJJ, look no further, he is in Colorado Springs. OSSSSS

16. Submitted by Patricky on Tuesday October 30, 2012 12:29 PM
Prof. Motta is an outstanding person first and foremost. Throw in that he is also an outstanding BJJ instructor and competitor and nobody even comes close.You want the best BJJ in CO, come to PRIME BJJ

17. Submitted by Cherry Odom on Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:10 PM
Prof. Motta is a phenomenal coach. He is great with the kids and is very patient with them. He never judges and puts his heart in it every time he teaches. There aren't enough words to describe how great of a coach he is.

18. Submitted by John Hartjen on Thursday March 14, 2013 8:36 PM
Professor Motta is an exceptional instructor and a kind human being. He is always willing to help or answer the smallest question with patience for everyone. He always has a smile on his face and a word of encouragement for every student. He is one of the best BJJ instructors in the world today. I am honored to be his student.

19. Submitted by Eric LaPorte on Monday July 22, 2013 11:22 AM
Professor Motta is more than your instructor, he is a great friend and role model. I look up to him in so many ways inside and outside of Jiu-Jitsu. He is a great representation of the sport and I stand 100% behind him.

20. Submitted by Jenn Perez on Monday July 22, 2013 12:51 PM
Definitely proud to have him as a friend and role model. He is a very passionate & technical instructor that not only teaches to live but lives to teach his students. His love for Jiu Jitsu is transparent thru his instruction, coaching and during competition. Colorado is lucky to have him. OSssssss

21. Submitted by Jason on Monday July 22, 2013 1:19 PM
In the brief time I trained under Professor Motta it was clear he posses an incredible wealth of BJJ knowledge. I was impressed with his teaching style, as well as BJJ knowledge. It is clear from talking to anyone that trains at Prime BJJ that their students are lucky to have Professor Motta as their instructors.

22. Submitted by Jeremy on Monday July 22, 2013 4:38 PM
In the two months that I have been going to Prime, Professor Motta has made it a point to spend time with me individually to help correct my techniques. I go home every time feeling like I've learned so much. I plan on being under his tutelage for many years. Oosss!

23. Submitted by AltitudeMMA on Tuesday July 23, 2013 12:05 PM
Professor Motta is unquestionably in a league of his own. His understanding of jiu jitsu and ability to articulate it to students is unlike anything I've ever seen having worked with the most respected jiu jitsu coaches around. The only way to describe his wisdom and ability to instruct is world class. It doesn't get better. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

24. Submitted by Luis Gabriel Venturino on Tuesday July 23, 2013 12:10 PM
Excelente professor e atleta muito dedicado, são inumeras as qualidades desse cara que me inspirou muito no BJJ. Sucesso ossssas

25. Submitted by Leandro Boueri on Tuesday July 23, 2013 12:18 PM
Grande guerreiro e amante nato do JiuJitsu,sempre foi meu maior incentivador,excelente competidor e manteve a excelencia como professor,alias o considero com um dos melhores professores.O diferencial de Marcelo Motta é o seu amor incondicional ao JiuJitsu,o resto foi consequencia.

26. Submitted by Danny Garcia on Tuesday July 23, 2013 2:32 PM
Professor Marcelo is tremendously passionate for BJJ and shares it with each and every one of his students. As soon as you walk in the door at Prime BJJ Center, Professor Marcelo makes you feel at home with his contagious and very positive attitude. It is a tremendous pleasure for me to receive this caliber of instruction straight from the source. OOOSSS!

27. Submitted by Mary on Tuesday July 23, 2013 5:56 PM
I have had the pleasure of training with Marcelo Motta for a little over a year now, and I can honestly say he is one of the most talented instructors I have come across during my 4 and a half years in Jiu Jitsu. I drive an hour every other day to go and learn from him. His knowledge is unfathomable! A true martial artist,his pure love for Jiu Jitsu shines through his teaching. I am truly humbled to be able to call him a mentor, professor and friend. I highly recommend making a trip to Prime BJJ to train with Professor Marcelo. OSSS.

28. Submitted by Thomas Kenney on Thursday July 25, 2013 1:57 AM
Marcelo is an amazing instructor. The way he breaks down the techniques to the way he flows from move to move when he rolls. I only wish that I lived in Colorado so that I would be able to train with him on a regular basis. Anyone in or around the area should take advantage and train with him.

29. Submitted by Marcelo Motta on Thursday July 25, 2013 2:11 PM
Thanks for all the sweet words from my friends, training partners and students! every day i set feet on the mats I am motivated by your guy's will to train hard and trust on me! thanks and whatever you are in the world keep up with the Samurai spirit of overcome your goals! oooosssssssss

30. Submitted by amal easton on Thursday July 25, 2013 4:17 PM
Great instructor, competitor and person,Your going to learn a lot more than arm bars and chokes with Marcelo, glad to have him as a neighboring school.

31. Submitted by Chris Hardy on Thursday July 25, 2013 6:09 PM
I met Marcelo about a year and a half ago. I had travelled to Colorado Springs to train with him and Carlos at their new school, Prime BJJ. After spending a week with Marcelo I knew that I wanted to be directly under him as my Jiu Jitsu coach for life. Marcelo is very passionate about what he does. He is a true practitioner of the art and adapts the technique to your own body size and ability. He is patient and understanding. I cannot express how much of a difference Marcelo has made in my life and I am proud to call him my Professor and my dear friend. Ooooosssss!!!

32. Submitted by Chris Stolpe on Thursday July 25, 2013 6:26 PM
Legit Bjj professor!!. And and practitioner!!.

33. Submitted by Christopher Velez on Thursday July 25, 2013 10:13 PM
Professor Marcelo Motta is an amazing jiujitsu professor, role model and friend. He has elevated all aspects of my game: on my feet, on bottom and on top. He also not only brought the physical aspect of my game up a great deal he has gotten me mentally ready to compete. Professor Marcelo is second to none. If you want a legitimate professor this is him.

34. Submitted by Saundra Rivers on Thursday July 25, 2013 10:44 PM
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is family time for us. We enjoy time at the studio with Professor Marcelo Motta and his staff. Both of my boys as well as my husband actively train under his program. I highly recommend Prime bjj as your studio due to the personal tutelage he gives each student. The professional approach taken to determine each students individual learning style is unsurpassed. Professor Marcelo is always present during training and knows each students strengths and training goals. Professor Marcelo maintains exceptional discipline in the studio and teaches respect for each training partner. During the school year Professor monitors academic progress through report cards and recognizes each childs efforts on the mat and in the classroom. The skill, sportsmanship and confidence my boys have gained from Professor Motta and Prime bjj is exceptional!!!! Ooosssssssssssssss

35. Submitted by Niko on Friday July 26, 2013 1:37 AM
professor Motta is AMAZING! since he has come to Altitude MMA my BJJ game has grown under his watch! Professor breaks down technique & teaches with passion & skill! Professor Motta has changed the way I think about my ground game! I would recommend professors gym Prime & my gym Altitude MMA for the greatest on hands BJJ in the world! Thank you professor for your teachings! OOOOOOSSSSSSS!

36. Submitted by Kurt Frankenberg on Friday July 26, 2013 9:36 AM
It is always a pleasure and unmistakable to watch a master in his field, regardless of what it is. Marcelo Motta's field is BJJ and his skill both as a technician and as a teacher are immediately recognizable. I am a veteran martial arts school owner for 27 years (striking arts and weapons) and can say with authority that Marcelo Motta and his counterpart, Carlos Santos are the real deal. I count it a privilege and honor to get MY BRazilian Jiu-jitsu training at Prime BJJ.

37. Submitted by Adriano Ornellas on Friday July 26, 2013 9:43 AM
great teacher works with all complaints great fighter with a very good guard, despite being 25 pounds lighter than ever denied me a workout Warrior, I wish you all the best big hug

38. Submitted by Shae Smith on Friday July 26, 2013 12:33 PM
Professor Marcelo is one of the best teachers i have ever had the pleasure to take a class from. He gives off a super positive charismatic vibe with a friendly attitude. His technical ability is world class and he is an all around good person. I highly recommend him as an instructor.

39. Submitted by Chris Metzgar on Friday July 26, 2013 12:58 PM
As a judo black belt and judo instructor I train under Professor Marcelo for his high level Jiu Jitsu. His instructing techniques are phenomenal. Honored to be called his student.

40. Submitted by Brian on Friday July 26, 2013 5:25 PM
Prof. Motta has a great style of instruction because he understands moves at a deep level. Instead of just teaching you how to do the move, he teaches you the theory behind it, allowing you to apply that knowledge to different areas of your game.

41. Submitted by Zach Enlow on Friday July 26, 2013 5:44 PM
Professor Motta is a great instructor and person. Every time he comes to class he is excited about teaching and he demonstrates new techniques or details that really improve my game each session. In addition, Professor Motta rolls hard with his students on a competitive level giving each student a great and rare opportunity to get better; specifically, he will play whatever game is necessary to increase your skills. Really a pleasure to train with him and call him Meu Professor.

42. Submitted by Jason H on Friday July 26, 2013 5:57 PM
I've trained all over and Professor Marcelo is one of the the most passionate instructors I've had the pleasure of training with. He lives and breathes Bjj. He takes his time and breaks down each and every move so its easily understood. No matter what level you are at he will make you better.

43. Submitted by Eliot Marshall on Saturday July 27, 2013 12:14 AM
Prof Motta is not only a great teacher and practitioner of bjj but also a great person. Anybody who has the opportunity to learn from him should jump at it

44. Submitted by Trevor Lewis on Saturday July 27, 2013 1:53 PM
Professor Motta is an very professional instructor and coach.I have trained under some big name BJJ black belts and Peofessor Motta is defiantly at the top,he's helped me improve on my weakness in the sport.its a great honor to train under him.

45. Submitted by Cliff Singerman on Saturday July 27, 2013 4:34 PM
Professor Motta is simply one of the best! A tremendous instructor, but equally kind and patient off the mat. It's a privilege to know and learn from Professor Motta. I would highly recommend Professor to anyone thinking about learning BJJ. You won't regret it. Sincerely, Cliff Singerman

46. Submitted by Shae Dixon on Sunday July 28, 2013 1:21 PM
Professor Motta is by fair in a class by himself. I met Professor Motta while training under the tulege of Profesor Amal Easton, and Professor Eliot Marshall at Easton's Training Center. Prior to my initial training with Professor Miguel Torres back home in Chicago and Indiana. Professor Motta has been a great source for me to come to for advice regarding my training towards being a fighter within the MMA, Boxing, and BJJ. He's also been a great advisor in regards to business prospects. He is such a beautiful person overall! There are not enough words to explain how much I truly love Professor and his wife and family! He's a huge, huge believer in "The energy you give is the energy that you will receive!" He focus on getting you out of the negative mindset of "I can't and there is no way!" In Professor's eyes he will tell you. "If God created it, it can be undone and done! There is no such thing as NO!" If you want to learn how to practice BJJ in a structured and organized manner that is cohesive to your skill set; I highly recommend Professor Motto. Hands Down!!! Osssssssssss, Shae Dixon

47. Submitted by MMA Meltdown on Monday July 29, 2013 1:49 PM
Do yourself a favor and go and take a class with Professor Marcelo Motta and see why so many people consider him to be one of the best in world!

48. Submitted by Marlon Moraes on Monday July 29, 2013 8:17 PM
He is a guy that motivated me to start on BJJ and couple years after on MMA! Thank u Marcello Motta for all advices and techniques that u helped me with!!

49. Submitted by Marcelo Saporito BJJ/Carlson Gracie - Copacabana RJ on Tuesday July 30, 2013 4:00 AM
Excelente lutador e professor !! Guerreiro do bem, faixa preta completo... DEUS te abençoe campeão !!!

50. Submitted by Jeff Smith on Monday August 5, 2013 2:18 PM
What is there to say that hasn't been said about Professor Marcelo?! He is a great guy, humble, fun, great with kids on and off the mat, best instruction hands down!! I am in my mid 40's starting BJJ and I couldn't find a better way to stay in shape man! Great workout and great family at PrimeBJJ!! Best instruction you can get!! Oossss!

51. Submitted by anonymous on Thursday August 15, 2013 5:24 PM
Prof. Motta is a tough competitor (check his matches on YouTube), great coach, teaches from the heart, and he cares about doing the right thing. He's great with kids - really connects with even the younger 5 yr olds. Excellent fundamental jiu jitsu, and his specialty is mobility. I recommend training with him.

52. Submitted by Ali Varallo on Sunday January 5, 2014 12:09 AM
As a woman in my thirties starting BJJ, what I appreciate the most about Professor Motta (outside of his incredible jiu-jitsu, of course) is how I felt included but safe, and always pushed to keep going. He believes in his students in a way that makes it easy for them to believe in themselves, and his energy level lifts the whole room.

53. Submitted by Fabricio on Saturday April 12, 2014 11:33 AM
Marcelo "guardinha"! Grande amigo, deis de Mulek, ser humano de grande coração,bom! Tenho muito orgulho de você, de vc ser a pessoa que se tornou, humilde sempre, dedicado e devoto de sua família que é nossa base sempre! Apesar da distancia SEMPRE vou ser seu AMIGO, moramos um pouco longe, mais a nossa essência de bons amigos é perpetuada sempre! Deus abençoe sua nova fase!!hehe... Grande abraço irmão!!! Fabricio.

54. Submitted by Charlton Clarke on Saturday April 12, 2014 11:41 AM
Professor Marcelo brings his extensive experience and expertise in BJJ to class in a way that is easy to understand and not ego driven. He is respectful and encouraging to all students no matter what level they are. He is one of the best martial arts teachers I have ever studied under. He creates an environment where everyone feels welcome and works together to get better.

55. Submitted by Eduardo Viellas on Saturday April 12, 2014 11:43 AM
One of the best guards I've ever seeing in my BJJ life. Really talented with kids and a peaceful and family man. Couldn't recommend a better one. He's also a loyal and good friend. Ossssssss

56. Submitted by Amber Sathre on Saturday April 12, 2014 11:45 AM
I had zero exposure to BJJ when I first started training. Marcello Motta and everyone at Prime made me feel comfortable and excited to train from day one. Marcello is an amazing instructor and does a superb job of teaching novices and advanced individuals alike. The atmosphere of Prime is always upbeat and encouraging while maintaining a drive to improve our BJJ skills. Marcello does a great job of making sure that ego's are checked at the door so that the team dynamics are outstanding. Overall a great place to train in BJJ!

57. Submitted by Chad freeman on Saturday April 12, 2014 11:52 AM
Marcello is a technition that flows so smoothly through bjj techniques!he can catch you from anywhere at any time!one of the best men I have ever met on and off the mats! He lovest bjj and teaches his students because he truly wants to give back everything he has learned over the years.Marcello has made me grow as a person and a bjj player and I hope I can one day be a high level bjj black belt under you Marcello! Osssssss

58. Submitted by Anson on Saturday April 12, 2014 12:04 PM
Marcelo is an awesome coach. He has amazing abilities on the mat and is able to clearly communicate effective techniques to his students, kids included. He has a passion for BJJ that really invigorates his classes and motivates his students to excel. I consider myself very lucky to be one of his students, and I look forward to training for a long time under Marcelo!

59. Submitted by Rafael Magana on Saturday April 12, 2014 12:40 PM
Professor Marcelo is an awesome instructor and a great guy to learn Bjj from. If you are looking for high level instruction I would highly encourage you to visit Prime Bjj and see for yourself the quality of instruction and culture that has been fostered there, because it is second to none. Professor Marcelo is works an amazing program with kids and is a very approachable teacher. His experience, humility, and genuine belief in his students makes Prime a great place to learn Bjj. The atmosphere and professionalism of everyone in the school has largely been in part built by the outstanding teaching and standards that have been expected there. If you are a first timer and looking to start Bjj Professor Marcelo is an awesome guy to be under. You won't feel intimidated and you will learn high quality and safe Bjj.

60. Submitted by Karri on Saturday April 12, 2014 12:50 PM
Professor Marcelo is one of the most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is always the same - day in and day out - transparent and genuine. Since I have had the pleasure of working for his BJJ training center, I've observed his undying dedication to the art of BJJ. One of his members recently told me, "It would be a crime against humanity for Professor Marcelo to do anything other than BJJ" - what a compliment! I cannot say enough about Professor Marcelo as a teacher, as a mentor, as an example and as a human being.

61. Submitted by Jericho Sathre on Saturday April 12, 2014 3:37 PM
Professor Marcelo is truly an amazing coach! He makes me strive to be the best I can be and everytime we roll he helps me learn new or old strategies all while making me work hard for certain moves. His ability to teach large classes amazes me, he knows exactly how to teach a new or old move step by step perfectly. Not only is he an incredible coach, but he is also an incredible person who is very dedicated to BJJ! It's an honor to be training under a amazing instructor like him! :)

62. Submitted by Marcelo Lopes on Saturday April 12, 2014 7:51 PM
Marcelo is an awesome coach. He has amazing abilities on the mat and is able to clearly communicate effective techniques to his students. Keep The Hard Work brother

63. Submitted by Marcelo Motta on Sunday April 13, 2014 12:49 AM
I really have a lot to thankful for, especially for some people that I have met over the years on the mats in different Countries, Friends, students, opponents, Family, everyone out there who gave me a testimony, saying positive things or not but being truthful! Thank you all very much for your support! I want you all to know that everyday when I get on the mats to teach or learn I carry all of you in my heart, burning in a desire to do the best I can to meet your expectations! Thank you very much for you testimony! I feel really honored but everything you guys say publicaly! ooooossssssss

64. Submitted by Danilo on Monday April 14, 2014 12:51 PM
Tive o prazer e a honra de ser treinado pelo professor Marcelo Motta. Hoje tenho muito respeito, admiração e gratidão por este que é um professor diferenciado e me ensinou respeito, humildade, auto confiança e claro um Jiu Jitsu de alto nível! Obrigado Mestre!

65. Submitted by Chris Hardy on Monday April 14, 2014 2:55 PM
I have the fortunate opportunity to call Marcelo my professor for a little over 2 years now. Due to Marcelo I am still in love with Jiu Jitsu and haven't decided to quit like I do most other things. Marcelo is a patient, thoughtful, caring instructor while still being firm. He is informative and is willing to discuss things with you instead of simply stating that he is the Professor and that's the way it is. Marcelo simply put is a friend, professor and hero to me.

66. Submitted by Tony sims on Monday April 14, 2014 6:58 PM
Professor Motta is a world class instructor and person. He embodies the character you would want to see in a humble, technical, and creative martial artist.

67. Submitted by Diego Faial on Tuesday April 15, 2014 9:53 AM
Grande Marcelo "Guardinha", sua dedicação, empenho, esforço e compromisso o tornam um dos melhores no que faz. Seus ensinamentos vão além do tatame, por transmitir respeito, humildade e companheirismo. Tive o prazer e a honra de ter sido um aluno seu e aprendido muito com você, por isso, muito obrigado MESTRE! Um forte abraço! oossss

68. Submitted by Darren Leavitt on Tuesday April 15, 2014 12:53 PM
i have been in BJJ for only 2 day and i must say, for the 1st day Professor Marcelo, its hard to make a review only being there 2 days, but i can say its easy for me to see Mr. Marcelo as someone i can respect, he catches me on computer at night and we talk about life, from this short time i have had pleasure of knowing him, it seems like a lifetime. he makes BJJ something that achievable for ANYONE ANY BACKGROUND AND RACE EVERYBODY!! for these reasons i will train every day with both MR. Marcelo and MR. Santos!! they make the BJJ hard, but yet passive enough to catch a breath and continue. its a chill enviornment for sure, but also a VERY progressive enviornment. to the point where when i go home to relax or work i just cant think of anything else but going back to BJJ next day haha! i would like to thank Mr. Marcelo and Mr. Santos and the Prime family for being here and helping ppl new like me and ppl skilled and professional like others. without ppl like Professor Marcelo and many other good Masters of BJJ, the art would be in trouble. thank you for being YOU Mr. Marcelo!!! BJJ NEEDS PPL LIKE PROFESSOR MARCELO, and being a good person as well as a good Professor, makes it all the better......my guess is that's why BJJ is on top of almost every kind of training....this wouldnt work if BJJ was a bad thing...its is the most beautiful thing, w beautiful people, smiling faces and tight arm bars!!! with that , even as a brand new student to this artform and lifestyle, i would highly suggest Mr. Marcelo Motta for your BJJ and even life. if your word is strong, his actions will be stronger. God bless everybody. if new or in transition like me, do yourself a favor, do bjj, Ooooossssss!!!!!!!! _Darren leavitt

69. Submitted by Adriane Berenson on Wednesday April 16, 2014 1:12 PM
Professor Marcelo is a wonderful BJJ professor. He is tough but kind. He explains concepts really well and as always willing to break down a move for you. I can't wait to work with Professor Marcelo more over the summer!32283

70. Submitted by Marina Petti on Sunday April 20, 2014 2:01 PM
Professor Marcelo is an amazing instructor. His precence on and off the mat is positive. Very knowledgable and I highly recommend him as a BJJ professor.

71. Submitted by Rena Edminster on Thursday April 24, 2014 12:35 PM
Professor Motta has been a true inspiration for my husband, John, now 67 years old. John has learned that at any age, BJJ is a wonderful outlet for his love of wrestling, now onto BJJ. Truly an amazing instructor with not only patience, dedication,knowledge but passion which he inspires in his students. He has inspired my husband to enjoy his aging years with the skills of BJJ and has spread his positive attitude on and off the mat.

72. Submitted by Vince Rosenberg (Vintee) on Friday May 2, 2014 12:24 AM
I have been training at Prime BBJ for two years now. Professor Marcelo is Awesome! He is very enthusiastic and makes it very obvious that he loves to teach and train Brazilian jujitsu. Marcelo does an incredible job of breaking down each technique to the very smallest detail. He's is always inspiring his students to do better and cares about all his Prime BJJ family. I feel very honored and lucky to have Prof. Marcelo as an instructor. He has definitely improved my game and I am always impressed to see how fast others students improve their skills. He also does an amazing job with the kids classes. Not only is he an incredible instructor but I also consider him a very close friend. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in learning Brazilian jujitsu to train under Proffessor Marcelo Moto.

73. Submitted by Khalid Barry on Friday May 2, 2014 10:46 AM
Great fun to train with and an inspiration to stick to bjj. Short guy but man can he fight..

74. Submitted by Jason on Sunday May 4, 2014 12:26 PM
Marcelo ignited the bjj flame in me I might be only a one strip white belt but I'll stop bjj he is a great coach very humble and welcoming with a very good teaching style I'm going to make it to prime one day to visit him

75. Submitted by Darren Leavitt on Tuesday May 20, 2014 12:36 AM
Been at Prime lil over month now...3 days a week I go...sometimes things in life I cant help irritate me n stress to point of no return until I get to attempt to try what Professor Motta has taught us on my opponent....it was a tough tough start, but now sticking to the routine n plan is actually working (im still brand new long rd) basically Mr. Marcelo knows what hes doing, knows what and how to coach esp diff sized individuals...from personal experience im 6'4 n have trouble shrimping out and creating space for my legs to execute n Professor sees this n helps me...im sure this goes for most at prime bjj...I hear stuff about other gyms that arent so nice....lemme say we have a pretty drama free, tight knit group w the best coaches and a extraordinary Professor....hes a tough one tho so watch out...keep your p's and q's straight, listen, learn and youll have the best time under Professor Motta and u will also learn this artform. One brick at a time.... -D

76. Submitted by Keith Lizama on Tuesday May 20, 2014 10:28 AM
Professor Marcelo is an amazing instructor. He does a great job at breaking things down so I can focus on proper technique. He welcomed me to the Prime BJJ family with open arms and was very supportive. I am honored to train with such a great mentor and master BJJ practitioner.

77. Submitted by Suyan Queiroz on Thursday May 22, 2014 1:36 PM
Exelente atleta , um dos faixas pretas mais técnicos que tive o prazer de treinar e ensinar. Atleta exemplar com uma carreira impecavel e reconhecido por todos no meio do JIU JITSU. É um dos meus faixas pretas mais técnicos onde tive a oportunidade não so de ensinar mas aprender muito também.

78. Submitted by Ian Victor Silva on Thursday May 22, 2014 1:40 PM
It is a pleasure to me to recommend Professor Motta. Years ago I have meet him as Physical Education student in Brazil where I was his teacher in Human Physiology. Despite the fact I already new him since he was a child, knowing him as a professional under his intelectual growing was very much a delight! Mr. Motta was undoughtly one of the best students I had by that time being extremely involved in the class activities. It is worthly to mention that he is also a hard worker what confirms his dedication in whatever he is associated. Although II never had a chance to be trained by Mr. Motta, I always heard good things about him. Therefore, based on my experience with him as a person and student, I guess I could say that he must not be different in a dojo. So, he ought to be a real sensei, skilled instructor in BJJ as long as he is not any different in other aspects of his life. I recommend Professor Motta!

79. Submitted by Adam Wheeler on Thursday May 22, 2014 6:40 PM
I started training with Marcelo two months ago and have been very impressed. As an Olympic athlete I would say his ability to coach is amongst the highest in the world. He is truly dedicated to his students and passing on the Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle. I am honored to train with professor Marcelo.

80. Submitted by daniel carley on Thursday May 22, 2014 9:00 PM
i started training with marcelo and he is a very inspirational and great at teaching if i don't understand he will go deeper into what hes showing and make sure i do and i highly recommend training with him

81. Submitted by Jason Kramer on Wednesday June 11, 2014 5:29 PM
Professor Marcelo is a uniquely gifted teacher with a wealth of coaching and competing experience. His technical knowledge is matched only by his genuine desire to see his students succeed in all areas of life. His character and integrity are what sets him apart as an instructor and person. Combine this with his superior understanding of Jiu Jitsu and how to teach it, and you have a truly elite instructor and great person.

82. Submitted by Christopher Zacher on Friday December 5, 2014 4:23 PM
First to start off not only is Professor Motta an awesome BJJ instructor technically he also has many good leadership traits that shows he knows how to motivate his students and help them reach their full potential. I actually took a three year hiatus from BJJ a few months after receiving my blue belt from another gym and was somewhat intimidated about coming back and looking bad, but after hearing so many positive comments from former peers who were training with Professor Motta I decided to suck it up and try again. After two training sessions I knew I found my new home. Not only is the instruction great, the comradery and positive attitude is frankly amazing and motivating. Also the gym has some beasts in it that promotes the ideal of steel sharpens steel. Great gym, great professor, and great team. I highly recommend it.

83. Submitted by Jay on Sunday January 18, 2015 10:11 AM
After watching professor Marcello train my children for the better part of a year, (45yr old, post lumbar fusion) I decided to jump in and train myself. I enjoy training in an atmosphere of total RESPECT for all. Professor Marcelo will not tolerate anything less. It is rare to find someone with world class skills that is so humble and energetic. The other Prime professors/coaches seem to follow the same mindset and add there own twist on the instruction which I enjoy. My only problem is not being able to train as much as I would like to due to work and middle age!

84. Submitted by ryan maisel on Sunday February 15, 2015 1:23 PM
Inspirational coach who makes you feel included always. if your in the springs check this place out, phenomenal instruction, and phenomenal environment

85. Submitted by Kris Perkins on Tuesday March 8, 2016 7:58 AM
Very few great BJJ practitioners can both teach great technique to everyone from beginners to advanced. Even less are the type of person you hope your son chooses as a role model. Marcelo is that type of instructor.

86. Submitted by Glenda on Tuesday March 8, 2016 8:21 AM
Professor Marcelo and his team of coaches at Prime have been coaching my daughter in BJJ for almost 3 years now. The way that he teaches really shows how much he cares about the kids and the future of BJJ. He teaches respect on and off the mats. And he makes BJJ fun for even the littlest of kids. My daughter used to be extremely shy and timid but BJJ has really given her a lot of confidence and she has really broken out of her shell. I credit that to Professor Marcelo and his team. Highly recommended!

87. Submitted by Sigurd Torgerson on Tuesday March 8, 2016 9:06 AM
Professor Motta is an exceptional teacher, competitor, and person! Great with kids and adults, beginners and advanced alike. Works hard to give students his all, every day! The kind of role model for young people that those of us with kids are lucky to have. Glad my teenage boys have such a great person to look up to. He also has a great team of coaches working with him. Professor Motta and Prime are the best!

88. Submitted by Thiago Alvim on Tuesday March 8, 2016 10:08 AM
I lived at Colorado Springs for a year and a half to study at UCCS, I used to train before in Brasil at Carlson Gracie- Juiz de Fora. I can safely say that Marcelo is one of the best professors that I had in my life, he is not only technical and really good at BJJ but a true leader. Marcelo's kids program is something really awesome as well, the kids love what they learn and you can easily see how they build confidence and respect. Besides a great professor Marcelo is also an amazing competitor he is champion of a lot of IBJJF competitions and if you are looking to compete Prime is a little Brasil in America, straight from the source!

89. Submitted by Jason Mitchler on Tuesday March 8, 2016 10:30 AM
I have been training with Professor Motta and the Prime team for almost 8 months and my biggest regret is that I didn’t start earlier! Professor Motta’s passion for Jui Jitsu is contagious and has created an obsession for me as well. He has the unique ability to recognize what is needed for each of his students and can provide individualized instruction and support even in the largest groups. The Prime family atmosphere is one of support and hard work with plenty of intensity for those that seek it. I’m proud that my own son and daughter have also begun to train with Professor Motta.

90. Submitted by Adam Berte on Tuesday March 8, 2016 11:19 AM
Great professor, very knowledgeable, very fair, and passionate. Spends a fair amount of class time teaching moves that build one after another. Like its been said before, wish I would have started this years ago!

91. Submitted by Aidan Torgerson on Tuesday March 8, 2016 11:20 AM
Professor Motta is an awesome teacher. He has buoy a community which from my first day felt welcomed into. He is a great teacher for new students and experts alike. His ability to work with kids must also be commended. I have never seen any teacher in martial arts or school teaching that can teach a kid as well as professor. But the most important thing is that professor is a great guy. Thanks for teaching professor!

92. Submitted by Desiree Streib on Tuesday March 8, 2016 5:57 PM
We are so lucky to have Professor Marcello in our community. My boys love going to class because of the excitement and atmosphere he produces. The kids classes are fun and the various activities keep the kids fully engaged. There is no pressure to compete, only to have fun and grow at your own pace. It is clear that Professor loves his job and loves teaching the kids. They respect him and know his expectations. On the flip side, he respects and works with all of the kids, no matter their ability or belt.

93. Submitted by Dan Byes on Thursday March 10, 2016 11:40 PM
In the short time that I've trained at Prime, the most immediately noticeable concept of the academy is the family oriented, welcoming atmosphere. Professor Marcelo obviously takes a lot of pride in how Prime is managed and ran. Before I made a decision between only a handful of BJJ options in Colorado Springs, I did a lot of research and some asking around of some people I know that had been training, and everyone had nothing but good things to say about Prime. Most people I talked to considered Prime to be the most technical, best trained, and most well rounded team in town. Knowing how "top shelf" this place was, it kind of made me nervous. In some reading and research I did, a lot of people say that earning your white belt is the hardest belt to earn, due to starting a new journey, not to mention the fact that, I was walking into what is apparently the best trained group in Co. Springs. Professor Marcelo and his team of coaches and his trainees have made that concept the furthest from the truth. Professor Marcelo has made it VERY easy, and more importantly, the most enjoyable thing I've done in a long time. I go home after class already looking forward to the next class. I average 2-3 times a week, and my only regret in this venture is that I can't dedicate more time to training. All of these details, make this the best place in town, hands down... And I haven't even mentioned Professor Marcelo's technical aptitude in BJJ. He has immersed himself in the art, and it shows every time I talk to him, and even more when he is training his students. He is a true student of the art, even still at his high level of experience, never willing to stop learning. He coaches many of his students in preparation for competitions around the country. He takes a great deal of pride in making sure his students, as well as himself, are all fully prepared for these competitions, in addition to continuing to show as much interest in the rest of the academy. On top of all of this, as if it weren't enough, Professor Marcelo is a HUGE fan of the kids in our academy. I don't have first hand experience of having a child enrolled, but I see it when he talks about the kids he trains, and I see how much pride he has in them through his Facebook/Instagram posts, and I hear a lot of the other coaches and students talk about the kids classes. Team Prime is without a doubt the best place in town, and I'm convinced that Professor Marcelo is to blame! ;)

94. Submitted by Jerry Fordham on Saturday March 12, 2016 3:38 PM
After more than a year of training under Professor Marcelo at Prime BJJ, I can say that he is a true professional and phenomenal instructor. What really sets him apart is not just the great technique he teaches, but the passion that he has for BJJ. This is not a hobby, it is his life and he is fully committed! Even if not teaching a class, he is there watching and advising as needed. No detail is overlooked. His positive interaction with students, children and adults, is outstanding. The team of great coaches he has built, ensures that everyone gets first class instruction. I’ve seen the difference this makes in all of our growth in BJJ. Much respect !

95. Submitted by Mike Garcia on Saturday March 12, 2016 8:38 PM
Professor Marcelo is an awesome as they come when it comes to bjj and life training. He us amazing with kids and passing this amazing art to the next generation. Wouldn't wanna train anywhere else.

96. Submitted by David Bauer on Saturday March 12, 2016 9:56 PM
He makes everyone feel welcome, the way he teaches kids is amazing and says a lot about his character. I miss training/learning with him and hope to again one day when my health allows it. He is an excellent teacher. I would recommend him to anyone looking to be the best at jiu-jitsu.

97. Submitted by Hassan, DSTeam NZ on Saturday March 12, 2016 10:05 PM
I had the honour to train under master Marcelo during his presence in Abu Dhabi - ADCC for couple of years. He is an amazing instructor, he's very technical and you will enjoy learning Bjj at every class with him. I highly recommend him and looking forward to visit the US to train with him again. Hassan , from DSTeam New Zealand

98. Submitted by Will Majestic on Saturday March 12, 2016 10:20 PM
I came to train with Marcelo 2 years ago and have trained with many black belts over my years in the military, moving around the world. That being said, Marcelo is one of the best I have had the pleasure to train under. His jiu-jitsu is very technical and he does an awesome job of relaying every detail while still keeping it simple, so that everyone from white to black belt gains something from each technique. If you are in Colorado and looking for a place to train, Prime BJJ is the place to be.

99. Submitted by Dave on Sunday March 13, 2016 12:23 AM
I actually don't attend Professor Marcelo's academy. I train at another gym in town. Even knowing that, Professor Marcelo has been so awesome to talk to on multiple occasions. Even though I am not one of his students, he shared some knowledge with me at a tournament to help me with my straight ankle locks after I missed it in a match. He's truly a great guy and you should absolutely stop by to check out his academy.

100. Submitted by Gary on Tuesday March 15, 2016 12:02 AM
My 10-year old daughter, 5-year old son, and myself have been taking classes at Prime Jiu-Jitsu in Colorado Springs, Colorado for six weeks. I have watched Professor Marcelo teach all age groups from beginner white belts to the more advanced belts and it is very clear that he is very passionate about teaching every student the art of Jiu-Jitsu. Professor Marcelo and his entire staff are personable and very good at what they do! My kids and I look forward to each training session and we plan on being under Professor Marcelo's stewardship for years to come!

101. Submitted by Nicholas L Johnson and Toni L Johnson on Thursday March 24, 2016 11:51 PM
Professor Marcelo and his Team have developed a world class organization that in every way surpasses expectations. My 9 year old son ( Big - E ) started BJJ at Prime 4 years ago at the age of 5. At the time I was looking for a sport that was physically and mentally challenging that would benefit him throughout his life. What my son has gained is so much more. His confidence yet humbleness is a direct reflection of Marcelo's teachings and positive influence. He has gained a true mentor that I as a parent trust and one he admires. One of my favorite aspects of the Prime organization is the true commitment and culture of mentorship at all levels which is reinforced by development through each student participating in performing techniques as much as teaching fellow students what they have learned. Students at Prime BJJ not only get a great instructor but great role models in fellow students of all ages. BJJ at Prime is not a thing you do, status you attain or a belt you achieve it is a way of life and I am humbled by Marcelo's positive influence on my Family.

102. Submitted by Justin Waldron on Sunday August 21, 2016 10:14 PM
Professor Marcelo is a very dedicated and passionate instructor, he always has a snails and a hand shake for any of his students at any time. I've always enjoyed his teaching style, breaking down every concept to be understood by every student and very approachable to any question that may arise. Professor Marcelo and Prime BJJ show great support for the military and every other student no matter their goals and he is more than great with the kids classes.

103. Submitted by Goyo Draper on Sunday March 18, 2018 12:16 PM
Professor Motta brings an uncommon passion to the mat. He has a "Can Do" attitude! That exciting inspiration to train invigorates the desire in every student to improve yourself, not only in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but in your character as a Human Being. Professor Motta esta Sobresaliente los demas. El anda bien Chido. OSS!

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