A student of MMA fighter Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio, Marco DeLima is a second degree BJJ black belt based out of Danbury, CT. To say he's a competitor is an extreme understatement - besides winning the IBJJF Boston Open at heavy weight this weekend, he has claimed literally hundreds of medals from competitions all over the US and Brazil. I don't think his website is up to date with his tournament record, but it'd be easy to get lost in the amount of titles he's won.
I met Marco through Jay Bell about three years ago, and had the chance to do a number of his group classes, as well as a few privates. Though he's forty-something, you'd never know it. He's jacked. Because of his prolific tournament schedule, he stays in fighting shape year round.
From the times I've gotten to roll with him, it's apparent that he's comfortable pretty much anywhere. You couldn't label him as a "guard player" or "top game kind of guy", gi or no-gi, because he does all of it. Just do a youtube search. And although he's very athletic, I've seen him adjust his style to whoever he's rolling with. Against, say, a Josh Hesser type, he's perfectly willing to wrestle hard and explosively. I've also seen him, in the very next roll, tone it down and go completely technical.
Speaking for myself, rolling with Marco is exhausting. I'd usually pull guard, which he'd pass to-knee-on stomach. He's got this thing he does - when you turn toward him, he's suddenly behind you. You turn in again, and he appears behind you again. Repeat, repeat again. It's tiring. Then he wins.
Regarding Marco's style of teaching, you'll never see the same thing twice. He has a huge toy box full advanced techniques from every position, and he can do things that guys his size aren't supposed to be able to do. In other words, he doesn't just teach his game, but shows moves for every type of player.
A huge part of every Marco DeLima class is rolling. He's a firm believer in the benefits of sparring, and this is obvious both in his own abilities and those of his students, a number of which have risen to the ranks of brown and black belt. His guys are tough because he's tough.
Marco runs his headquarters out of the War Memorial in Danbury, as well as teaching the Jiu-Jitsu program at the Lion's Den in Middletown. He also makes frequent appearances at Plus One Martial Arts in West Hartford and NYMAG in New York.
If you get a chance to train with Marco DeLima, don't hesitate. Believe!
PS: If you've trained with Marco, leave your opinions below!
Team DeLima Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Danbury War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive
Danbury, CT 06810