Jiu Jitsu is a passion, an art form, a journey of self discovery… a way of life.
Recently we had the supreme honor of interviewing 7th degree BB (coral belt), Master Marcio Stambowsky at his school in Norwalk, Connecticut.
He is one of only a small handful of BJJ fighters* (who resides in the northern hemisphere full time) to be awarded this esteemed belt. In addition to the being a coral belt (recognized by the IBJJF), this man is a member of an extremely small group called the “fabulous five”.
Often times, we talk about our BJJ linage by tracing our instructors back to Mitsuyo Maeda; however it is very rare to be able to trace your favorite move back to the technique’s originator.
When Master Stambowsky offered to show his “Macarrao” sweep, I was unsure of what this technique was going to be… but when he taught the move, my eyes lit up. I came to the realization that I just uncovered my favorite move’s creator!
I learned this move from my first instructor, Renzo Gracie… who learned this move from his training partner, Rillion Gracie… who learned it from his training partner, Rickson Gracie… who learned it from the innovator, Marcio Stambowsky.
Master Marcio was there for almost every pivotal point in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history during the 70’s and 80’s. This man is truly one of the last remaining crusaders from the Rolls Gracie generation of BJJ fighters.
*Please note: we use the term “fighter” because to Master Marcio, Jiu Jitsu is not a game of victories through points… Jiu Jitsu is a form of combat passed down to him from the Samurais of feudalistic Japan via the Gracie family.
Visit and train with Rolls Gracie Red & Black Belt Marcio “Macarrao” Stambowsky at:Gracie Sports Academy
181 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
(Behind Blackstone’s Steakhouse)
Follow Master Marcio on Facebook here.