Affiliated to ICON Jiu-Jitsu Team
Head of the association is world renown black belt, Jose Marcello Figueira Rodrigues – “Zé Marcello” who is a founding member of the newly formed ICON Jiu-Jitsu Team worldwide!
Born and raised in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Zé Marcello is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt under Sergio “Bolao” Souza. With over 16 years of training, Zé Marcello has competed in the most prestigious BJJ tournaments in the world and was affiliated with the world famous Brazilian Top Team.
Having retired from competing professionally in 2002, Zé Marcello has since dedicated his time to teaching brazilian jiujitsu and currently resides in the UK as of February 06. His hobbies also include Surfing, Snowboard and playing the acoustic guitar.
His list of achievements include:
1st place – European Heavyweight champion 08
1st place – European Absolute champion 08
1st place – Mundial world championship 97
1st place – Brazilian tournament 96 and 97
1st place – Brazilian team tournament 97
1st place – Pan American champion 97
1st place – Urban Gorillaz UK 06
2nd place – Mundial world championship 98 and 02
2nd place – Pan American championship 96
3rd place – Mundial world championship 96 and 99
3rd place – Pan American championship 96 and 00
3rd place – Brazilian Tournament 98
Visit the website: http://zemarcellojiujitsu.com
Head Instructor Alexandre ‘Xandinho’ Izidro
Head Instructor of the association in UK is Alexandre ‘Xandinho’ Izidro, hometown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Xandinho is a black belt with a lot of success not only in Jiu-Jitsu competition but he has also had a very successful M.M.A. career fighting all over the world from east to west and holding Championship belts include Cage Warriors World Champion here in the UK.
Luton Team Instructor: Delroy McDowell, Brown belt affiliated to black belt Professor, Zé Marcello. Delroy is a 5 time IBJJF European Champion and also is undefeated in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) after fighting around the UK and in Europe. A list of most of his accomplishments as a competitor is below:
Gold – Seni, Gracie Invitational. Branca Masters, Middle Heavyweight.
Gold – Bristol Open, Summer leg. Branca Adult/Masters combined, Middle Heavyweight.
Bristol Open, Summer leg. Branca Absolute, semi finalist.
Gold – Urban Gorillaz Southern Open. Branca Adult/Masters combined, Middle Heavyweight.
Gold – Copa Bitetti. Masters, Branca Middle Heavyweight.
Gold – Copa Bitetti. Branca, Combined Adult/Masters Absolute.
Gold – Urban Gorillaz Northern Open. Branca Adult/Masters combined Middle Heavyweight.
Bronze – Urban Gorillaz Northern Open. Branca Absolute division.
Gold – IBJJF European Championships. Branca, Masters, Middle Heavyweight.
Bronze – Welsh Open, Azul, Adult/Masters combined, Middle Heavyweight.
Gold – IBJJF European Championships. Azul, Masters, Middle Heavyweight.
Silver – Bristol Open Winter leg, Azul, Adults, Middle-heavyweight.
Gold – British Open Championships. Azul, Adults, Middleweight.
Gold – Bristol Open Summer leg, Azul, Adults, Middle-heavyweight.
Gold – 5th Swiss Cup, Geneva. Azul, Masters, Middle-Heavyweight.
Bronze – Bristol Open Winter leg, Marrom, Adults, Middle-heavyweight.
Silver (Challenge fight, 2 in category) – SENI Gracie Invitational, Marrom Adults, Heavy-weight.
Gold – English Open at Dartford Judo Centre, Marrom Masters Middle heavy weight.
Bronze – IBJJF European Championships. Marrom, Masters, Middle Heavyweight.
Bronze – IBJJF European Championships. Marrom, Masters, Absolute Open weight.
Gold – Ground Control Championships, NEC Birmingham. Marrom, Masters, +95kg Heavyweight.
Bronze – Ground Control Championships, NEC Birmingham. Marrom, Adult, -87kg Middle Heavyweight.
Recently his most notable achievements include:
GOLD – IBJJF Nogi Submission Wrestling Euros at Purple belt, -87kg Middle-Heavyweight.
GOLD – IBJJF Nogi Submission Wrestling Euros at Purple belt, Absolute Open weight.
2014 BJJ British Open Adult category silver medalist
2014 BJJ English Open Senior category Gold
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Record
– Undefeated as an Amateur 5 Wins, 0 losses.
– Undefeated as Pro: 3 Wins, 0 losses, 0 draws.
Other martial arts training includes Philipino Escrima & Boxing, JKD and Wing Chun since 1996.
Just to fill you in on our news up to date, our open day and tatami inauguration was a great success with an amazing turnout, especially considering there was a world cup on! Well done guys, things can only get better from here. Huge thanks to the team at the Salto centre also for their hospitality and help in making our new club possible.
We had 22 guys eager to learn the gentle art on the mat and everyones enthusiasm really shone! Thankfully we all made it through 2 hours without any broken bones or choke outs haha!
Many positions were talked through and a lot of rounds of sparring were completed and I was very impressed by the friendly spirit everyone brought to the gym. So now lets keep the momentum for 2010!
Zé Marcello Association is very successful worldwide with academies as far away as Hong Kong to USA, and Brazil of course! There are many clubs on the European continent too as well as the UK team which regularly meet up to train together and exchange knowledge to support each other and grow.
Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire, South East) Zé Marcello Academy
Slough (Berkshire, South East)
Northampton (Northamptonshire, South Midlands) BST MMA.
Norwich (Norfolk, Eastern region) Steve Cowan
Eastbourne (South Coast) 1st Generation BJJ
Birmingham (Midlands) MMA Factory
Peterborough (Eastern region) Spritual Warrior Dojo