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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

27 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (15%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (85%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
26
6
#86e620
Bow and arrow
13
3
#5AD3D1
Armbar
9
2
#d1212a
RNC
9
2
#fad11b
Toe hold
9
2
#f58822
Loop choke
4
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
4
1
#ff9124
Reverse triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
1
#22c9a5
Choke from back
4
1
#fad223
Crucifix Choke
4
1
#03861f
Armlock
4
1
#039a1f
Darce choke
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (5%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
2
#86e620
Short choke
13
1
#5AD3D1
Choke
13
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
13
1
#fad11b
Cachecol choke
13
1
#f58822
Crucifix choke
13
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Brandon Walensky Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11930Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backLA National Pro69KGF2017
11940Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPointsLA National ProU77KGSF2017
12078Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPointsPan American70KG8F2017
12414Ricky LuleLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials66KG4F2017
13379Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLCachecol chokeFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13449Joe ScovelLPointsSan Jose Open70KGF2017
13728Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGSF2017
13731Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraLCrucifix chokeGrand Slam LA69KGRR2017
14116Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 6x2Miami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14150Nathan OrchardLEBI/OTEBI 1370KGR12017
14425Marvin CastelleLInside heel hookF2W Pro 5670KGSPF2017
14576Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLShort chokeNoGi Worlds67KGR12017
15285Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 6x2Pan American70KG8F2018
15893Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 7x0Denver Open70KGF2018
16225Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniLPts: 10x0San Diego Open70KGSF2018
16374Rafael MansurRafael MansurLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR22018
18288Adam BenayounAdam BenayounLPointsDenver Open70KGF2018
18424Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 12x0NoGi Worlds67KGR22018
19363Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLArmbarPan American70KG8F2019
20212Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLChokeSan Diego Open70KG4F2019
20285Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLPointsChicago Sp. Open70KGSF2019
22040Israel SousaIsrael SousaLArmbarLong Beach Open70KGF2019
11928Ronald HendersonWCrucifix ChokeLA National Pro69KGSF2017
12072Juan GomezWArmlockPan American70KGR12017
12399Eric MedinaWDarce chokeADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12401Chris HansWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12408Ben EddyWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KG8F2017
13448Manny MorenoWBow and arrowSan Jose Open70KGSF2017
13652Carlos QuinteroWBow and arrowMexico City Open70KGF2017
13663Carlos QuinteroWTriangleMexico NG Open67KGF2017
13725Felipe SimplicioWTriangleGrand Slam LA69KG4F2017
14115Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWArmbarMiami Fall Open70KG4F2017
15890N/AWLoop chokeDenver Open70KGSF2018
15891Bruno ValdivinoWTriangleDenver Open70KGSF2018
16222Rene LopezWBow and arrowSan Diego Open70KG4F2018
16368Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12018
18006B. PenadoWRNCFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
18007Junior AndradeWRNCFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
18008Cristobal ChavezWToe holdFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
18009Alessandro CostaWToe holdFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
18287Jonathan BurenWPointsDenver Open70KGSF2018
18415Frank RosenthalFrank RosenthalWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds67KGR12018
19354Orlando FernandoWTriangle armbarPan American70KGR12019
20284Max DeBeenWArmbarChicago Sp. Open70KG4F2019
21643Joao FigueiredoWPointsPhoenix Open70KGF2019
22036Aubrey KoenigWReverse triangleLong Beach Open70KG4F2019
22038Takahito YoshiokaWTriangleLong Beach Open70KGSF2019
23039Chris JonesWChokeSan Jose Open70KGSF2020
23040Rodrigo CardosoWChoke from backSan Jose Open70KGF2020

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