Mauricio "Tinguinha" Mariano  was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 11, following in his brother and friend's footsteps, with instructor Pitoco until the orange belt, as he developed into the sport and competitions he moved to  the Barra Gracie school, a bigger Academy conducted  by Jean Jaques Machado and Carlos Gracie Jr. at the time, until Jean Jaques moved to the US, and he started training full time under Master Carlos Gracie  Jr., son of the patriarch of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Carlos Gracie, under who Professor "Tinguinha” trained from the Blue to the Black belt.  Throughout his many years training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu "Tinguinha" achieved competitive success, winning many titles in all major Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in Brazil and the US.
He had the privilege of training with some very skilled BJJ Athletes such as Renzo Gracie,Ralph Gracie, Ryan Gracie,  Roberto "Gordo", Helio “Soneca”, Alexandre "Soca", Nino Schembri, Ricardo "Cachorrao",  among many others which helped shape and refine his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills and technical approach to this art, culminating with the award of his Black Belt in 1996 at the age of 21, a privilege few had back at that time.
His dedication into learning, perfecting and teaching Brazilian Jiu jitsu evolved into his career path. He started teaching at an early age, in the purple belt and fully committed to following this path after being promoted the black belt, Mauricio is one of the pioneers in the expansion of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial art worldwide, having taught in his native Brazil, Japan and the US, contributing to the growth of this art around the world. He arrived in the United States in 2000 to continue his lifelong dream of spreading the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu art and sharing the benefits he was able to experience himself.
Today, he owns and operates The Tinguinha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Yorba Linda, California and now has been engaged by The UFC Gyms and taken the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program Senior Director title there. Besides directing the program, Professor Tinguinha is leading the BJJ team, implementing the BJJ Program at the UFC Gyms and working torwards coordinating a strong and very technical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. He also supports technically severalNational and International Tinguinha BJJ Affiliated schools, sharing his knowledge and effective techniques he learned in Brazil through seminars around the world, several instructional DVDS sold globally, his online training system-TBJJ.TV, that has members from many different countries, articles, affiliations and more... His network continues to expand as he works on offering the best quality instruction and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experience to BJJ practitioners worldwide.




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Career Information:

Black Belt 5th degree
More than 30 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experience
Taught BJJ in Brazil, USA and Japan
Owner / Head Instructor of the Tinguinha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
National Director of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program of all the UFC GYMS
Technical Director of The Tinguinha BJJ Affiliation System
Creator/Instructor of The TBJJ.TV Online Training System
Creator of 8 instructional DVDs sold worldwide
Pioneer developing the Spider Guard Game/Known worldwide as the Spider Guard Master
Inducted into The USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame-2008
Organizer/ Director of the So Cal Summer Open BJJ Championship

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Most important titles:

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1st Place:

Champion of the National Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Champion of the National Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a team
Champion of the Virginia Beach Federation Championship - No Gi Superfight
4- time champion of the State Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Rio de Janeiro)
Champion of the State Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Sao Paulo)
Champion of the State Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Minas Gerais)
Champion of the Novo Leblon Cup of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Champion of the Invitation Company Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Champion of the Gracie Barra Championship of Jiu-Jitsu
Champion of the Company Championship of Jiu-Jitsu
2-time champion of the Nova Ipanema BJJ Championship

2nd Place:
2nd Place in the World Championship (1996)
2nd Place in the Pan-American of Jiu-Jitsu Championship (2001)
2nd Place in the State Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Rio de Janeiro)
2nd Place in the Ralph Cup of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

3rd Place:
3rd Place in the Pan-American of Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Hawaii)
3rd Place in the World Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (1998)
3rd Place in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship