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professor marcelo alonso


Coral Belt and based in Seattle, Washinon USA, BJJ hero Marcelo Alonso began his  journey at aged 12, under the guidance of Master Carlson Gracie in Rio de Janeiro, having spent his youth growing up with Carlsons son, Junior, in the streets of Copacabana.


Following a successful competitive career from ages 15 to his mid 20's, Marcelo gained a deep understanding of the art, and brought his knowledge to the US West Coast, opening schools in Seattle in the late 90's and expanding his affiliations with various academies across the world for the last 20+ years.

Nick and Marcelo have a friendship spanning all of those 20+ years, and Professor Marcelo is our guiding light at BAD DOG BJJ. Awarding Nick his 4th degree Black Belt in 2022 at the Shrimp'n Escape Camp in Cyprus, Marcelo also shared hundreds of tips and techniques for the lucky attendees. 

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professor NICK UNANDER


Nick is a Swedish/American 4th Degree Black Belt with over 27 years of experience teaching various martial arts including Taekwondo, Karate, MMA & BJJ to thousands of students around the world, Nick has grown the BAD DOG BJJ Academy in CYPRUS from scratch, producing gold medalists in both IBJJF and ADCC competitions across Europe.

"My mission is to coach, motivate and inspire those who have chosen martial arts as a path for positively transforming their lives.​


I practice and teach my craft with absolute faith and passion because this is the precious Art that is continuing to define the evolution of my life..."


1987  World Taekwondo Federation National First Place Gold Medalist Black Belt for New Hampshire

1994  Vermont State Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

1998  Champion Rhode Island Under Ground and Pound Cage N.H.B.

2001  Canadian Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship First Place Advanced Division

2002  Pan American Jiu-jitsu finalist in Florida

2004  U.S Open Jiu-Jitsu Silver Medalist California

2007  Jiu-jitsu World Championship Finalist in Long Beach California

2007  Winner of the State Of Oregon Governor's Fitness Award

2008  Awarded BJJ Black Belt by Marcelo Alonso MABJJ Carlson Gracie Team

2011  Awarded 1st Degree Black Belt by Marcelo Alonso MABJJ Carlson Gracie Team

2012  IBJJF European Open Championship Black Belt Bronze Medal

2012  Greek NO Gi Open Championships Silver Medal

2015  IBJJF European Championship Black Belt bronze medal

2014  Awarded 2nd Degree Black Belt by Marcelo Alonso MABJJ Carlson Gracie Team

2016  IBJJF European Championship Black Belt Bronze Medal

2017  Awarded 3rd Degree Black Belt by Marcelo Alonso MABJJ Carlson Gracie Team

2022 Awarded 4th Degree Black Belt by Marcelo Alonson MABJJ Carlson Gracie Team

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