Marcus Aurelio’s Jiujitsu Lineage
Jiu-jitsu is an ancient martial art whose roots can be traced back to over 2,000 years ago, when it was practiced by Buddhist monks in India. As global commerce and exploration increased, so did the flow of new ideas and technologies, and this helped spread the influence of buddhism and jiu-jitsu to China, and eventually, Japan.
From Japan, several renowned Japanese jiu-jitsu teachers moved to Brazil and established their own jiu-jitsu lineages, many of which now extend from Brazil, all the way to the US and beyond.
However, most people who’ve heard of jiu-jitsu only know about Count Koma’s lineage, the jiu-jitsu legend who helped found the Gracie dynasty when he first took the young Carlos Gracie under his wing. But unbeknownst to most people, Count Koma wasn’t the only martial artist that came to Brazil from Japan. Takeo Yano, Soshihiro Satake, Kazuo Yoshida, and Isao Okano each established their own separate lineages in different parts of Brazil, and there were many others besides them who helped shape the sport into what it has become today.
But the lineage of interest for today’s post is our very own Master Marcus “Maximus” Aurélio’s. One’s jiu-jitsu lineage is one of the first things people look up when trying to decide on which jiu-jitsu instructor to learn under, so here it is:
Master Marcus belongs to the Takeo Yano lineage. Yano taught jiu-jitsu in the state of Pernambuco, in the Northeast of Brazil. Unlike Mitsuyo Maeda (“Count Koma”), Yano didn’t practice Jigoro Kano’s Kodokan style, which was geared towards a clinical grappling approach. Yano practiced at the Butoku-kai, a school where the style of jiu-jitsu taught was better suited to hand-to-hand combat and a vale-tudo (“anything goes”) no holds-barred style of fighting. He’s credited with beating several formidable opponents, such as Valdemar Santana.
Francisco Sá was born in the remote town of Senador Pompeu. He became acquainted with jiu-jitsu when the Gracies moved into the state of Ceará in the 1940s, but earned his black belt under Takeo Yano in Recife. He moved closer to home to be near his family and established the well respected “Central Ringue Club” which was later renamed the “Academia Professor Sá”.
Sá was crowned the Cearense Champion (1958), as well as the Cearense Luta Livre Champion (1960), and his son “Sázinho”, went on to become a great teacher in his own right.
Francisco Sá “Sazinho”
Francisco Sá (junior) was born on March 13, 1964 in Fortaleza – Brazil, and was the firstborn son of Master Francisco Sá (9th degree red belt in jiu jitsu).
In the 1990s the Sá academy (led by Sázinho’s father at the time) was the only grappling institution that remained in the area. Sázinho was instrumental in preserving jiu-jitsu in his hometown of Fortaleza. He revitalized the sport in the North by organizing federations and tournaments such as the Copa Kron tournaments and the Confederação Brasileira de Lutas Profissionais (CBLP). By doing this, Sázinho helped connect isolated jiu-jitsu gyms in the area, forging a jiu-jitsu stronghold in the North that has kept the sport alive within the region until today.
Due to his extraordinary business and teaching acumen, Sazinho was able to produce exceptional fighters, many of who went on to make great names for themselves, including our very own Master Marcus.
Marcus “Maximus” Aurélio
A former UFC Champion, Master Marcus has also won PRIDE Bushido (an illustrious MMA tournament in Japan, where he won against the then undefeated Lightweight Takanori Gomi). He is best known for having never been submitted in an MMA competition, as well as performing one of the fastest submissions in current UFC history (13.8 seconds). He signed with the UFC in 2008, and has been a two-time Pan American Champion, Brazilian Champion, and World Champion fighter. Having practiced the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for thirty-six years and counting, Master Marcus is a formidable opponent, and an even better teacher.