Michael Musumeci, also known as Mikey Musumeci, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Gilbert “Durinho” Burns and Jonatas “Tagarela” Gurgel. Musumeci made a name for himself in the lower belt divisions of the sport, winning sequential world titles from juvenile blue, up to brown belt, with a modern style of grappling heavily reliant on berimbolos and leg weave back attacks, making Michael one of the main representatives of this modern day jiu jitsu approach. Michael is also the younger brother of another high level jiu jitsu athlete, Tammi Musumeci. Michael Musumeci Jiu Jitsu Full Name: Michael Musumeci Jr. Nickname: Mikey, short for Michael. Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Rafael Fofitio > Gilbert Burns > Michael Musumeci Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie >Andre Pederneiras > Joao Roque > Jonatas Gurgel > Michael Musumeci Main Achievements: World Champion (2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2013 & 2012 juvenile blue) Pan American Champion (2016 black, 2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2013 & 2012 juvenile blue) American National Champion (2016/2015 black) World No Gi Champion (2016 black, 2011 blue juvenile) Pan American No Gi Champion (2011 blue juvenile) Abu Dhabi Grand Slam LA Champion (2016) Favorite Position/Technique: Berimbolo Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64kg/154lbs) Team/Association: ATT/Atos Michael Musumeci Biography Michael Musumeci was born on the 7th of July, 1996 in Marlboro, New Jersey. Michael started training at the age of 4 with coach Fernando “Cabeça” at Fatijo’s Martial Arts academy. He remained under Cabeça’s guidance until his 10th birthday, when Musumeci and his family moved to Wellington, Florida. In Florida Michael continued his jiu jitsu journey at Marcelo Ribeiro’s gym. This relationship didn’t last long as Ribeiro moved to Texas shortly after. The Musumeci’s then joined coach Emyr “Shark” Bussade of American Top Team. At Bussade’s academy Michael received his green and blue belts. During Michael’s stay at Emyr Bussade’s academy, the Mendes Bros came by for a few seminars, thus starting a long lasting relationship between Michael and the formidable brothers. Musumeci stayed in touch with Rafael and Guilherme, attending seminars, taking private lessons and visiting their gym. As time went by, Michael’s family moved further south, at this point Michael joined Javill Byron’s gym at WMB Miami. Byron awarded Musumeci his purple belt after his second world title as a juvenile blue belt. After Michael’s family moved back to Boca Raton, Florida, Mikey regained contact with coach Bussade at ATT Wellington, and with Jonatas Gurgel at ATT Aventura. He also started teaching at the Jaco Training Center together with his sister Tammi, where they met Gilbert Burns, who became a training partner and mentor. Throughout his hectic training schedule, Michael Musumeci also maintained regular contact with the Mendes Brothers visiting their Art of Jiu Jitsu training centre. It would be Guilherme Mendes who awarded Mikey his brown belt whilst on the podium, after his 2014 purple belt world title. After his brown belt world title, Mikey Musumeci also added regular trips to AJ Sousa’s gym. The following year, after yet another impressive win at the 2015 worlds, Musumeci was awarded hi black belt in a combined effort between Jonatas Gurgel and Gilbert Burns. He was 18 years old. Mikey Musumeci Grappling Record 14 WINS BY POINTS 7 (50%) BY ADVANTAGES 4 (29%) BY SUBMISSION 3 (21%) BY DECISION 0 (0%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 3 SUBMISSIONS WINS #214eb8 Choke from back 67 2 #86e620 Botinha 33 1 3 (100%) SUBMISSIONS 1 LOSSES BY POINTS 0 (0%) BY ADVANTAGES 1 (100%) BY SUBMISSION 0 (0%) BY DECISION 0 (0%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 0 SUBMISSION LOSSES Mikey Musumeci Fight History ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year 9442Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.64KG1/4F20167252Nobuo YagaiWChoke from backAmerican Nat.64KGSF20157254Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF20158764Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG1/4F20168766Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backPan American57KGSF20168767Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 6x3Pan American57KGF20169431Luis PintoWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KGR120169695Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x0American Nats64KGSF20169696Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF20169844Joao MarinhoWPts: 2x0Ch. Summer Open70KGSF20169845Bruce GuevaraWPts: 6x0Ch. Summer Open70KGF20169899Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA62KGSF20169901Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA62KGF201610284Thomas LisboaWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi Worlds62KGSF201610285Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF2016 Michael Musumeci vs Tony Casarez Michael Musumeci vs Alexis Alducin Michael Musumeci vs Joao Miyao Banner cover by Jiu Jitsu Nerd.