About us-Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo

At Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo-CA, the intent is to provide a well-rounded environment that allows students of all ages to learn about self-defense, increase awareness, and maintain a high level of physical conditioning. While we encourage and even push students to get better, our programs are designed to let them progress at their own pace. It’s the best way to ensure their abilities and confidence are maximized.



Member of the Golden Generation with over 25 years of experience, Marcelo is Rio de Janeiro State, Brazilian, American, Pan American and World Champion. He was also 3 times Bronze medal at the first World Championships when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu started to become recognized internationally.  He has amazing technique skills and is always building strong relationships through Jiu-Jitsu, which is a great way to build confidence and ensure character.

What makes a great Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor?

It’s the ability to understand each individual student has different goals.  For some, competing in competitions is the goal. For others, it’s to learn self-defense and get in shape. A great instructor knows how to inspire and motivate all types of people regardless of age and physical ability. Professor Lucena has an extraordinary quality that sees the potential in all of us and helps each individual come to a new level of understanding of what is possible. With years of teaching experience, he has the the skill and talent to influence and guide others to make real breakthroughs and create lasting change.

For unique way to enrich your life, you owe it to yourself to train with one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors in the world. Stop in to today and see what Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo is all about!