Marcelo relates to capoeira by his mother when he was three years old. All he could remember were flashes of the "roda" and the wonderful sound of the "berimbau's"! When he was thirteen years old started taking classes with capoeira master Dende from Salvador Bahia, Brazil. And completed intensive training with the great capoeira Angola master Joao Grande, Marcelo later became a graduate student of capoeira Regional under the supervision of “Mestre" Glauber Fernandes and capoeira group Candeias, in New Jersey. Marcelo has earned the degree of capoeira professor under the supervision of master Dende and the Mundo Capoeira group.