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Brandon Walensky

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

21 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (14%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (86%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
28
5
#86e620
Bow and arrow
17
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
11
2
#d1212a
Toe hold
11
2
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
6
1
#f58822
Crucifix Choke
6
1
#224aba
Armlock
6
1
#ff9124
Darce choke
6
1
#bf1f6c
Armbar
6
1
#22c9a5
Loop choke
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (5%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
17
1
#86e620
Cachecol choke
17
1
#5AD3D1
Crucifix choke
17
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
17
1
#fad11b
Short choke
17
1
#f58822
Armbar
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Brandon Walensky Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11862Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backLA National Pro69KGF2017
11872Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPointsLA National ProU77KGSF2017
12009Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPointsPan American70KG8F2017
12339Ricky LuleLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials66KG4F2017
13292Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLCachecol chokeFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13362Joe ScovelLPointsSan Jose Open70KGF2017
13640Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGSF2017
13643Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraLCrucifix chokeGrand Slam LA69KGRR2017
14022Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 6x2Miami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14056Nathan OrchardLEBI/OTEBI 1370KGR12017
14326Marvin CastelleLInside heel hookF2W Pro 5670KGSPF2017
14459Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLShort chokeNoGi Worlds67KGR12017
15115Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 6x2Pan American70KG8F2018
15677Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 7x0Denver Open70KGF2018
16000Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniLPts: 10x0San Diego Open70KGSF2018
16147Rafael MansurRafael MansurLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR22018
17982Adam BenayounAdam BenayounLPointsDenver Open70KGF2018
18104Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 12x0NoGi Worlds67KGR22018
18962Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLArmbarPan American70KG8F2019
11860Ronald HendersonWCrucifix ChokeLA National Pro69KGSF2017
12003Juan GomezWArmlockPan American70KGR12017
12326Eric MedinaWDarce chokeADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12328Chris HansWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12334Ben EddyWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KG8F2017
13361Manny MorenoWBow and arrowSan Jose Open70KGSF2017
13564Carlos QuinteroWBow and arrowMexico City Open70KGF2017
13575Carlos QuinteroWTriangleMexico NG Open67KGF2017
13637Felipe SimplicioWTriangleGrand Slam LA69KG4F2017
14021Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWArmbarMiami Fall Open70KG4F2017
15674N/AWLoop chokeDenver Open70KGSF2018
15675Bruno ValdivinoWTriangleDenver Open70KGSF2018
15997Rene LopezWBow and arrowSan Diego Open70KG4F2018
16141Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12018
17713B. PenadoWRNCFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17714Junior AndradeWRNCFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17715Cristobal ChavezWToe holdFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17716Alessandro CostaWToe holdFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17981Jonathan BurenWPointsDenver Open70KGSF2018
18095Frank RosenthalFrank RosenthalWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds67KGR12018
18953Orlando FernandoWTriangle armbarPan American70KGR12019

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