Sam Marcellini began his training at the age of five in “kyokushin kaikan” - a highly disciplined, full contact style of karate that is rarely found in the United States. This rigorous and true-to-life training became the groundwork upon which he built his future vision, eventually culminating into a more serious and effective approach to martial arts.
Sam Marcellini later trained with Grandmaster Gene Brigham. Without question, some of the greatest teachings the Grandmaster passed on were the spiritual and philosophical side of martial arts. This knowledge complemented and provided Sam a balance that gives him a definite advantage as an instructor and martial artist.
Sam went on to train in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with Royce Gracie & his father Grandmaster Helio Gracie, the mastermind of what's known & respected worldwide as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Sam also trained a great deal with Royler Gracie, Rener Gracie and Rodrigo Gracie. Sam trained with Royce for 18 years & was Royce's sparring partner for some of his fight preparations; Sam Marcellini, The 2nd person ever to receive a black belt from Royce Gracie in California. First person ever to become a certified Muay Thai kickboxing instructor under Rob Kaman in the US.
Sam also spent 5 years training with Rob Kaman, a Nine-Time World Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion, who is considered by many experts as the greatest kickboxer that has ever lived. In fact, Sam was the very first certified instructor under Rob Kaman and according to Kaman, his best student in the U.S.A
Sam Marcellini started teaching at a very young age and dedicated his career to teaching. Sam's students commute from far away locations throughout the Inland Empire, Orange County, L.A. and San Diego to train with him. His student body consists of mainly everyday people and children as well as other professional instructors, competitors, martial arts school owners, law enforcement, and beginners who simply can't find a safe place to train.
Sam Marcellini is known for being a very well-rounded instructor, a high-level martial artist that has been trained by true legends in the martial arts. With more than twenty years of teaching experience in the martial arts and five respected black belts, Sam has helped in developing many champions. His knowledge and instructional ability make him one of the most sought-after instructors.
Sam is an undefeated mixed martial arts competitor. In addition to his many great accomplishments, he was inducted into Masters Hall of Fame and USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and was nominated the Multi-Disciplined Master Instructor of the Year & Instructor of the Year for his unique curriculums and his ability to give the gift of self-defense to anyone regardless of their age or athletic ability. Sam is very dedicated to providing the absolute best programs in the world in a very safe and healthy environment & impacting others in a positive manner through the medium of martial arts.
2nd degree Black Belt & Professor in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (The 2nd person ever to receive a black
belt from Royce Gracie in California)
Certified Muay Thai Kickboxing instructor (The first certified instructor under Rob Kaman in
3rd Degree Black Belt & Certified Instructor in Shorin Kung Fu
3rd Degree Black Belt & Certified Instructor in GB Jiu-Jitsu
Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate
Black Belt in Chinese Boxing
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