Grandmaster Marco Sies, founder of The Master Method Academy and Uchudo International Martial Arts Federation, is a 7-time world champion, 9th degree black belt martial arts grandmaster, author of the book – The Master Method, host of the television program The Master Method, business owner, educator, and entrepreneur. He has developed award-winning educational programs, volunteers his time to public school partnerships, and currently continues to manage his businesses and advise organizations internationally.
Master Marco’s diverse professional martial arts career has spanned over 30 years, and in addition to his seven world championships he has master rankings, grandmaster rankings, and intensive training in disciplines including Taekwondo, Karate, Hapkido, Tang Soo Do, Goju Ryu, Shotokan, Kyokushin, Aido, professional kickboxing and Thai boxing, and professional boxing. In addition, Master Marco has been honored with three-time Hall of Fame inductions:
- 2002: Legend in Kickboxing Hall of Fame award, presented by Karate World Ratings
- 2008: Master Instructor of the Year award, presented by Grandmaster Aaron Banks and the World Professional Martial Arts Association at Madison Square Garden
- 2013: International Hall of Fame Outstanding Martial Arts Leader Award presented by Grandmaster Y.K. Kim and Martial Arts World in Orlando, Florida.
Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Master Marco speaks candidly about his humble beginnings and struggles he experienced growing up. Poverty, bullying, illness and even homelessness were challenges he faced throughout his early life, but he reflects on how those difficult times developed his spirit and strength and will always remind him where he came from and the deep gratitude he feels for his accomplishments, health and loved ones.
Even as a young child, Master Marco was fascinated by the universe and how the mind works. He studied ancient philosophy in Santiago for several years and immersed himself in the wisdom of the most influential ancient masters and teachers in history. He realized through his studies, there was a pattern to successful living that spanned over thousands of years, and these studies led him on a journey of self-discovery, shaped his way of thinking, and eventually influenced his own teaching philosophies and strategies.
Ancient universal principles inspired Master Marco to write The Master Method book, highlight positive success stories on The Master Method television program, and to develop the educational strategies at The Master Method Academy. The intention was to help others learn and benefit from these ancient principles, to present them in a modern way, and to show how these concepts can develop a healthy mind and spirit. They can be applied to anyone’s life, regardless of where you are, how many mistakes you’ve made, and anyone can start fresh, learn to do better, achieve their goals, and find peace and happiness. In addition to achieving his own successes using these principles, Master Marco has developed thousands of successful students, black belts, and coached national, international and world champions over the past 30 years.
Because of the breadth of his martial arts training and experience in such a variety of disciplines, philosophies and techniques across borders and centuries, Master Marco’s teaching style evolved to encompass the most significant, practical and impactful elements of the many disciplines he studied. Just as the “Master Method” encompasses universal principles for life, the martial arts style he teaches encompasses principles and techniques that span the globe and eras of time, and the style is now referred to as “Uchudo,” which translates to, “the way of the Universe.”