Marcus Vinicios, also known as Contra Mestre Osso Duro, was born in Recife Pernambuco, Brazil. He began training Capoeira at the age of four, under the supervision of his father, Mestre Barrão. He remained in Brazil until the age of ten and then made the move to Vancouver, B.C. Canada. He continued to train diligently and also participated in shows, children’s festivals, and demonstrations throughout Canada and the United States.
As he continued to train, his interests drew him towards the self-defense and fighting aspect of the martial art. He entered his first martial arts competition, the SKF, at the age of 10, where he dominated the event and took home the gold. His natural ability to fight competitively inspired him to continue on his quest to find new challenges and to build his career.
In order to improve his skills in mixed martial arts Vinicios began spending some time in Brazil, where he could continue training with his father and also train with some of the top fighting schools in the world. He has had extensive Jiu Jitsu training with Gracie Bara, under the supervision of Mestre Ze Radiola, and currently holds his blue belt. Also, he has trained at the Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba and has also trained at an MMA Academy in Rio de Janeiro. All of this valuable training has helped build this athlete’s skills in the ring.
Vinicios began fighting in local B.C. competitions, and then proving successful began entering in professional competitions, against some of the best fighters in Canada. These events include: Elite Fighting, Bodog Fight, Hardcore Championship Fighting, National Fighting Challenge, and North American Challenge. He has also competed at a professional level in numerous challenges throughout Brazil. His record currently stands at: 7-4-0, (W-L-D).
Not only is Vinicios focusing on his mixed martial arts training, but also, he continues to dominate the Capoeira world. Over the years, Vinicios has traveled across the globe to events and encounters in various countries, such as Canada, U.S.A. Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, France, England, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil. He accompanies his father and teaches workshops, participates in shows and rodas, and also competes in Capoeira competitions. He has also contributed to multiple Axé Capoeira Cd’s and DVD’s.
Today, Vinicios teaches Capoeira and mixed martial arts at the Axé Capoeira Vancouver Academy. He leads the Axé Capoeira Fight Team in Vancouver and coaches and trains new and upcoming talent. He continues to train and focus on Capoeira and his professional fighting career. Professor Ossoduro, is an inspirational leader and fighter in the Capoeira and mixed martial arts community.