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Brandon Mullins “Wolverine” (Gracie Barra)

Brandon Mullins, also known as “Wolverine”, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt who earned this grade training under the tutelage of Klay Pittman and later became an assistant instructor of Vinicius Magalhães at the Gracie Barra academy headquarters in Texas. Brandon Mullins made a name for himself as one of the top jiu jitsu competitors in the rooster weight division after he won his first Pan American title in 2009 (no gi). He has since become one of the most successful American born BJJ black belts in the world through his recurring success at the world no gi championships.

Brandon Mullins Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Brandon Mullins

Nickname: “Wolverine” is Brandon’s nickname, and it was given by Draculino at a seminar in 2000 which Mullins was attending before he became Draculino’s student. The reason for the nickname was most likely due to the beard style of Mullins.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Carlos Machado > Klay Pittman > Brandon Mullins

Main Achievements:

  • US Open Champion (2006 brown, 2010 black)
  • European Open Champion (2013 black)
  • Gracie Worlds Silver Medallist (2006 brown)
  • World No Gi Champion (2010 & 2011 black)
  • Pan American No Gi Champion (2009 black)
  • Pan American No Gi Silver Medallist (2010)

Favourite Technique: N/A

Weight division: Galo (57kg/126lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Brandon Mullins Biography

Brandon Mullins was born on December, 1979. His first approach to fighting came through wrestling, a sport he practiced through his 8th and 9th grades. It was Mullins wrestling coach that introduced him to Brazilian jiu jitsu, through some VHS tapes of the first UFC’s. The wrestling coach was so impressed with Royce Gracie‘s performances that he decided to study jiu jitsu and teach it to his wrestling kids.

Around 1998 Brandon Mullins trained with Paul Thomas working on throws and some ground work. It was Thomas who first spoke about Draculino to Brandon Mullins. Paul Thomas had spent some time in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he trained with Vinicius Magalhães. He left the Brazilian city overwhelmed with the small black belt’s efficiency on the ground.

As Brandon Mullins switched towns, he started learning from Klay Pittman (and sometimes from Carlos Machado). In 2000 Mullins had the chance to meet Draculino in person at a seminar and was very impressed with Vinicius’ technique. Mullins stayed training with Klay Pittman in Lubbock, TX, for 7 years, receiving his black belt at this academy. When Vinicius Draculino moved to the United States for good, Brandon saw a great opportunity to train under one of the best coaches in the world. The move to Draculino’s gym (Gracie Barra Texas) was rewarded with a place as an assistant instructor at the academy.

Brandon Mullins Highight

Brandon Mullins vs Joseph Capizzi

Brandon Mullins vs. Justin Ordinario

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  1. Michael says:

    They left a big chunk out…westside

  2. Jordan Burton, III says:

    Professor Brandon Mullins received his Black Belt from Carlos Machado Black Belt Klay Pitman. I know he received his 2nd degree on his Black Belt from Professor Draculino. He began teaching at Draculino's Gracie Barra Texas in 2010.

    Everything else (to my knowledge) is accurate. I'm glad to see Professor Mullins get this recognition.

  3. gameness gi says:

    Brandon Mullins !!!!!!!!

    good to hear!!!!!!!!(:

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