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Our Roots Run Deep


Ivan Salaverry MMA is a direct affiliate of Marcelo Alonso / Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Coach Ivan initially started training under Marcelo’s tutelage in 1996. Ivan was awarded his black belt in 2015 by Marcelo and Carlson Gracie Jr. Learn more below about our MABJJ affiliation and lineage.



6th Degree Blackbelt under Master Carlson Gracie Sr.

Marcelo has been training and coaching Sport Jiu-Jitsu for well over 30 years and is the most experienced instructor in the region. He possesses a truly extraordinary knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art and sport.

The term “master” is an often overused word in the commercial world of martial arts. However, the word in this instance accurately expresses Marcelo’s vast technical skills, his exhaustive knowledge of the myriad details of his Art which reflect the broad and varied experience that he has gained over decades training and coaching. He has been at times referred to by others as “the encyclopedia” due to his expertise. He has trained thousands of individuals: men and women, competitors, kids, law-enforcement, military personnel, and mixed martial arts competitors.

MABJJ X ISMMA Open Door Policy

As an affiliate of Marcelo Alonso Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we share an exclusive open door policy in which our members enjoy a free single training visit per week.