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Brandon Walensky

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Brandon Walensky is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Clark Gracie, also working extensively with coach Paulo Fernando Augusto during his formative years. One of the most exciting grapplers of his generation, Walenski broke out to a mainstream audience while competing as a brown belt, particularly through his performances at the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI), Metamoris and International Brazilia Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World No-Gi Championship, he would later cement his status in the black belt division.

Brandon Walensky Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Brandon Woodly Walensky

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carley Gracie > Clark Gracie > Brandon Walensky

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Mexico Summer Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Mexico Summer No-Gi Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer Open No-Gi Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF San Jose Summer Open 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Denver Open 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Denver Fall Open 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Miami Fall Open 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF San Diego Open 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2013/2015 brown)
  • IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Champion (2013 brown)
  • Metamoris Challenger 2nd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi 3rd Place (2014 brown)
  • EBI I 3rd Place (2014)
  • IBJJF American Nationals 3rd Place (2013 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Triangle Choke

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Clark Gracie JJ

Brandon Walensky

Brandon Walensky was born on April 5, 1992, in Oceanside, California, United States of America, moving on to neighboring San Marcos at the age of 5 where he grew up.

As a child, and into his pre-teens, Brando was involved in football (soccer) and basketball at a competitive level, as he grew older, however, his interest started shifting towards martial arts – much due to his father’s influence.

At the age of 13, after some persuasion from his father (who believed martial arts would be beneficial to his son), Brandon signed on to judo classes at a BJJ + Judo gym that had opened in San Marcos. Although tentative at the start, Walensky did end up loving the experience.

After two years in judo, Brandon decided to add jiu-jitsu to his weekly schedule, combining both judo and BJJ for a while, before opting to focus solely on the submissions aspect of grappling.

Coach Paulo Fernando Augusto was responsible for Brandon’s development up to brown belt, a time when Walensky moved to San Diego’s Clark Gracie Academy (CGA). It was also at CGA that Walensky was introduced to coaching, a trade he picked up as a brown belt, and perfected with the help of his mentor.

On December 16, 2016, after a string of outstanding results in his brown belt career, Brandon Walensky was promoted to black belt by Clark Gracie.

Brandon Walensky Grappling Record

23 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (83%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
26
5
#86e620
Bow and arrow
16
3
#5AD3D1
Armbar
11
2
#d1212a
RNC
11
2
#fad11b
Toe hold
11
2
#f58822
Crucifix Choke
5
1
#224aba
Armlock
5
1
#ff9124
Darce choke
5
1
#bf1f6c
Loop choke
5
1
#22c9a5
Triangle armbar
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (5%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
14
1
#86e620
Cachecol choke
14
1
#5AD3D1
Crucifix choke
14
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
14
1
#fad11b
Short choke
14
1
#f58822
Armbar
14
1
#224aba
Choke
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Brandon Walensky Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11895Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backLA National Pro69KGF2017
11905Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPointsLA National ProU77KGSF2017
12042Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPointsPan American70KG8F2017
12372Ricky LuleLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials66KG4F2017
13330Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLCachecol chokeFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13400Joe ScovelLPointsSan Jose Open70KGF2017
13678Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGSF2017
13681Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraLCrucifix chokeGrand Slam LA69KGRR2017
14063Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 6x2Miami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14097Nathan OrchardLEBI/OTEBI 1370KGR12017
14367Marvin CastelleLInside heel hookF2W Pro 5670KGSPF2017
14512Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLShort chokeNoGi Worlds67KGR12017
15201Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 6x2Pan American70KG8F2018
15795Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 7x0Denver Open70KGF2018
16118Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniLPts: 10x0San Diego Open70KGSF2018
16267Rafael MansurRafael MansurLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR22018
18141Adam BenayounAdam BenayounLPointsDenver Open70KGF2018
18265Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 12x0NoGi Worlds67KGR22018
19170Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLArmbarPan American70KG8F2019
20008Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLChokeSan Diego Open70KG4F2019
20080Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLPointsChicago Sp. Open70KGSF2019
11893Ronald HendersonWCrucifix ChokeLA National Pro69KGSF2017
12036Juan GomezWArmlockPan American70KGR12017
12359Eric MedinaWDarce chokeADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12361Chris HansWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12367Ben EddyWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KG8F2017
13399Manny MorenoWBow and arrowSan Jose Open70KGSF2017
13602Carlos QuinteroWBow and arrowMexico City Open70KGF2017
13613Carlos QuinteroWTriangleMexico NG Open67KGF2017
13675Felipe SimplicioWTriangleGrand Slam LA69KG4F2017
14062Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWArmbarMiami Fall Open70KG4F2017
15792N/AWLoop chokeDenver Open70KGSF2018
15793Bruno ValdivinoWTriangleDenver Open70KGSF2018
16115Rene LopezWBow and arrowSan Diego Open70KG4F2018
16261Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12018
17866B. PenadoWRNCFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17867Junior AndradeWRNCFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17868Cristobal ChavezWToe holdFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17869Alessandro CostaWToe holdFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
18140Jonathan BurenWPointsDenver Open70KGSF2018
18256Frank RosenthalFrank RosenthalWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds67KGR12018
19161Orlando FernandoWTriangle armbarPan American70KGR12019
20079Max DeBeenWArmbarChicago Sp. Open70KG4F2019
21371Joao FigueiredoWPointsPhoenix Open70KGF2019

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