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Izaak Michell is an Australian grappler who worked extensively under the guidance of Leo Arruda, John Danaher, as well as Craig Jones. Michell is widely recognized as one of the top no-gi athletes of his generation for his wins over many high-profile athletes in the sport and for his victories in tournaments such as the ADCC Asia & Oceania Qualifiers, the Who’s Next open weight show as well as his gold medal in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World No-Gi Championship (2022) as a brown belt.

Izaak Michell Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Izaak Michell

Nickname: N/A

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Match Of The Tournament Award (2022)
  • 1st Place ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials (2022)
  • 1st Place Who’s Next Tournament (2022*)

* Absolute
* Weight and Absolute

Main Achievements (Amateur):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021 brown)

Favorite Position/Techniques: Well Rounded

Weight Division: 88 kg / 194 lbs (ADCC weight classes)

Team/Association: N/A

Izaak Michell Biography

Izaak Michell was born on August 25, 1998, in Adelaide, South Australia’s largest city, where he spent his childhood.

Very active as a child, Izaak practiced a variety of sports from a young age but was mostly focused on Surfing and Skateboarding, two activities in which he competed regularly growing up. Also, a part of Michell’s weekly practices from the ages of 8-11 was gymnastics. Izaak played at a national level, earning 2 silver medals in Australia’s national gymnastics tournament at the time.

Another game that was present during Izaak formative years was Australian Football or Aussie Rules Football, commonly known as the AFL, a sport that is – in broad terms – a mix of rugby with soccer (football) rules where they maintained much of the tackling and ball carrying that is seen in rugby with points being scored with the feet like in soccer.

Submerged in sporting culture, Izaak was equally drawn to the idea of fighting and combat sports. This curiosity led him to a self-defense & kickboxing gym at the age of 15, though this first experience was short-lived due to the lack of sparring.

Izaak Michell returned to martial arts training in 2016 at the Arruda BJJ gym where he trained mostly Muay Thay and joined in on the BJJ class on occasion. With time, however, around the 1-year mark of his training, it became evident that he was naturally gifted in Jiu-Jitsu and he decided to invest all his efforts into this activity.

Coach Leo Arruda was Izaak’s instructor from white to purple belt, but during the middle of 2019, Michell moved to New York City and started training under John Danaher.

One of Danaher’s senior students at the time of Michell joining the NYC workgroup was fellow Aussie, Craig Jones, an athlete with whom Michell connected very well at the time. This friendship led Izaak to follow Jones out of Danaher’s squad when he decided to form his workgroup (B-Team) with a few other students of John.

In November 2022, two weeks before IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Craig Jones promoted Izaak to the brown belt rank, but a few months later, in early 2023 Izaak Michell & B-Team severed ties, with the young Aussie athlete spending some time unaffiliated.

Izaak Michell Grappling Record

18 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (28%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
33
4
#86e620
Inside heel hook
25
3
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
2
#d1212a
Smother tap
8
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
8
1
#f58822
Ezekiel
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
2 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (50%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Izaak Michell Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
35043Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC88KGR12022
43271Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 3x1Polaris 25ABSSF2023
32687Josh DemasWInside heel hookWNXABSR12022
32693Adam BradleyWRNCWNXABSR22022
33190James SeversWInside heel hookADCC AUS Trials99KGR12022
33193Jahred DellWRNCADCC AUS Trials99KG4F2022
33194Matt McGuinessWEzekielADCC AUS Trials99KGSF2022
33196Anton MinenkoWPts: 7x0ADCC AUS Trials99KGF2022
33384Jansen GomesJansen GomesWInside heel hookWNXABSSF2022
33655Kyle ChambersWArmbarWNO 13ABSSPF2022
40100Jacob CouchJacob CouchWReferee DecisionWNO 1884KGSPF2023
42292Jozef ChenJozef ChenWPointsAIGA83KGRR2023
42295S. ShamilWArmbarAIGA83KGRR2023
43267Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWPts: 2x0Polaris 25ABS4F2023
45344Raoul LoboWSmother tapADCC Trials AO88KGR12023
45346Jordan RozmanWRNCADCC Trials AO88KGR22023
45349Sousuke OshimaWRNCADCC Trials AO88KG4F2023
45353Kurtis MartinWGuillotineADCC Trials AO88KGSF2023
45354Roberto DibWPts: 3x0ADCC Trials AO88KGF2023
45839Magomed DjarbaevWPointsAIGA Finals83KGSF2023
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One Comment

  • Joel Stier says:

    Izaak Michell beat Jacob Couch on Who’s Number One on May 18, 2023. Can you please add it to his record? Many thanks.

    A big fan of Izaak

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