Meet the instructors at Gracie Sports in Fairfield
Marcio “Macarrao” Stambowsky
Márcio “Macarrão” Stambowsky is a Brazilian martial artist. An 8th degree red/white Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, he is one of the “Famous Five” Rolls Gracie black belts since 1981. Regarded as one of the top Brazilian competitors in the 1980s, he is also the father of professional Bellator MMA fighter Neiman Gracie Stambowsky and the father also of the second female of the entire Gracie family to receive a black belt: Deborah Gracie Stambowsky.
Master Marcio is the pioneer of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Connecticut. He’s been teaching here in CT since 2007 and has now 2 schools, in Norwalk and Fairfield and more than 5 affiliated schools in the state. He is the highest ranked Master in the whole New England area, and being able to learn from him is a privilege. You learn straight from the source. All of the professors at our schools follow a curriculum designed by him, so being a student at Gracie Sports you are learning straight from the source.
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Deborah Gracie Stambowsky
Deborah Gracie Stambowsky is the second female to become a black belt in the Gracie family – The biggest martial arts clan in the world. Deborah Gracie is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt since 2015. Daughter of Carla Gracie, great grand daughter of Carlos Gracie Sr., the creator of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Deborah is also daughter of Master Marcio Stambowsky “Macarrao”, a red/white belt under the legendary Master Rolls Gracie Sr., the greatest Gracies of all times. Deborah has been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for almost 15 years now, since she was a blue belt. Deborah taught Jiu Jitsu all over the world: Brazil, USA, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Tahiti and more…. She is dedicated to teaching self defense and she also owns her own school in Connecticut. Deborah spent her life learning and perfecting the art of teaching martial arts to everyone, especially women and kids. She is an entrepreneur of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She now is dedicating her time to the entrepreneurship of the martial arts business. She wrote the only BJJ Dictionary in the world english/Portuguese, it’s called “Hespect” – the book.
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