Professor Marcello Alcantar is a 15-year veteran and native of Corpus Christi, Texas. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gold Medalist and NAS Whiting Field Nurse Lt. Cmdr.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an undesignated deck seamen in 1996. Alcantar’s first tour with the Navy was spent on the USS Bataan in Norfolk, Virginia, where he would eventually leave the command as a petty officer third class Information Systems Technician. After finishing his initial enlistment, he left the Navy and pursued outside endeavors but was quick to reminisce about his time in the service.
Six years later in 2006, he decided to rejoin the Navy through the nurse commissioning program, eventually earning his officer commission in 2009. Shortly after, he achieved another career milestone by earning his black belt in jiu-jitsu in 2011. In February, he competed at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Championship in New Orleans, placing first in two different weight categories. He also reached the rank of professional athlete.
Outside the office, he can often be found hitting the mats at Pace Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Pace, which he owns and operates with his wife. Fittingly so, his post-retirement goals include both jiu-jitsu and continuing to help others. "After the Navy, I plan to continue practicing and training jiu-jitsu, not only for myself, but to teach self-defense to families and families with special needs.
Marcello Alcantar is an active duty service person and avid martial artist. He is stationed in the local area and after many months of searching for a place that thrives on community and fellowship he found Pace, Florida. Marcello, his wife Jasmin, and three children are all practitioners of the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. His families love for Gracie Jiu Jitsu and their wish to contribute to the people of Pace compelled them to establish the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy under Pedro Sauer. Master Pedro Sauer is a legendary 8th degree master of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and received his black belt from the one and only Gracie Champion, Rickson Gracie himself in 1985.
Professor Marcello Alcantar and his family not only bring an authentic and well documented lineage of Gracie Jiu Jitsu to Pace, Florida, but a unique style of teaching that focuses on personal development, growth, family, and community. Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a way of life on and off the mat and the Alcantar family look forward to sharing their positive energy, culture, and love for community with the people of Pace.
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