Marcus Buchecha: “I Lost My First Eight BJJ Tournaments All in the First Round”

Marcus Buchecha: “I Lost My First Eight BJJ Tournaments All in the First Round”

There’s an old saying: “Fall down 7 times, stand up 8 times.”

Also Napoleon Hill said: “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits! Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”

Wayne Bennet said: “The only individuals who fail are those that give up, or stop trying. If you quit, you will never know what you are capable of.”

Geoff Marsh: “Individuals need to be patient and wait for the opportunity- but whilst you are waiting for that opportunity, you must work hard to make sure that you’ll be ready when the opportunity presents itself. The key is making sure you are ready”.

In a great story of persistence, One of the greatest BJJ competitors of all time (14x black belt world champion) Marcus Buchecha Almeida started his BJJ competition journey without winning a single competition match in his first 8 tournaments. He was competing very often but kept losing. Most people would have quit or taken a break, but not Buchecha. He kept training hard and pushing. His persistence paid off and he started winning…

He talked about his experience on IG:

“I lost the first EIGHT tournaments in which I competed and I lost them all in the FIRST MATCH… This picture was taken after my semi final match in the Worlds 2012, I can’t forget this feeling, going to my first open weight Final and winning my first Double gold.
Don’t give up, never quit and keep working hard, If I got where I am today, you can reach greater heights too.
My goal with my new instructional videos with @bjj.fanatics is not only to teach you Jiu-Jitsu, but also to inspire you to be a better BJJ practitioner… IF I MADE IT, YOU CAN MAKE IT TOO! •”


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Finish fights in the gi with this 4-part guide to leg locking mastery from Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida.

  • Buchecha is a record 13-Time black belt World Champion in the gi, with a unique blend of technical skill and dynamic motion.
  • Submit from top and bottom position, including with Buchecha’s signature spinning kneebar that he has used many times at black belt.
  • Win with leg locks from 50/50 and stop getting slowed down by this common grappling position.
  • Use kneebars, toe holds, foot locks, calf slicers, and more to effectively get more submissions than ever in gi grappling.