Interview with Marcos “Parrumpinha” Da Matta

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Marcos “Parrumpinha” Da Matta is a very well accomplished Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts competitor. Some his titles include Brazilian National Champion, Pan American and World Champion medalist. We caught up with Marcos to talk about teaching here in Florida and his views on Jiu-Jitsu right now.

Thank you for taking the time, What school do you teach at right now and how long have you been teaching in Florida?

I teach at my own American Top Team for 10 years now. It’s located in West Palm Beach. Address: 1900 Okeechobee Blvd Suite C5. West Palm Beach. 33401. Web:

You’re a well known teacher. Can you talk about how you like to teach your students?

I like to teach my students the way I was taught. A detailed vision of the basics is usually what I aim for beginners till they reach between 8 months to a year. Then I start throwing more advanced techniques. Also, I am HUGE on discipline and philosophy of BJJ. All my white belts know how to tie their belts correctly and to bow in and out of the mats as well as Black Belts. I hate when I get higher belt students from other gyms that don’t even know how to tie their belts.

You have many Jiu-Jitsu titles, how is Jiu-Jitsu competition different now than when you competed?

I think nowadays people are aiming to win by advantages. They lost the beauty and the main goal on BJJ, the submission. I think things like the 50/50 guard, the double guard pulling and other similar stuff are putting BJJ back 20 years. I just hate that. If I was still working as a referee, those guys would hate me. I would stand them up ALL the time. I can say that I am from the Golden Era of BJJ. It was amazing to be in the same era as guys like Terere, Leo Vieira, Robson Moura, Nino Shembri, Margarida, Marcelo Garcia and a few others.

You coach many mixed martial artist. What’s important to remember when doing Jiu-Jitsu in Mixed Martial Arts?

1st off, don’t get punch in the face. Hahahahaha. But also, incorporate punching and elbows to achieve the submission. It is very important to have this mentality and understand that if you do not set up with the ground and pound, it will be very difficult to achieve the sub. I try to teach that vision to my MMA fighters.

Why do many great Jiu-Jitsu guys struggle to use their skills in MMA?

In my opinion its because not only they are training wrong by not mixing the GnP with their BJJ abilities, but also they need to adapt certain positions from straight BJJ to MMA. Example: if you take someone’s back in BJJ it’s better for you to be on bottom with your opponent on top, so you have his neck all exposed to your attacks. But doing that in MMA, your opponent will be very relaxed cus you won’t punch him due to the angle you are. For MMA, it’s better to be on top with the hooks in and have your opponent flat. With that done, you will have a huge leverage to hurt him with punches and set up a sub.

Thank you Parrumpinha, is there anything else you would like to add?

I just wanna add that if you are interested in joining a Jiu-jitsu school, do yourself a huge favor. Go online and do your research. See who is the instructor. What kind of experience he has, do a background check. There’s a lot of places who have unqualified instructors even with police records. Jiu-jitsu can change your life, like it changed mine. Take it seriously. OSU!