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João Cizeski

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João Felipe Cizeski is a professional jiu-jitsu athlete and a black belt under Felipe Pena (Preguiça), who represents the FP Team in the sport’s international circuit – an affiliate of the Gracie Barra Academy. João Cizeski first gained notoriety after his purple belt campaigns when he won several important tournaments on of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league, including 5 Brazilian National titles.

João Cizeski Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: João Felipe Pacheco Cizeski

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Vinicius Magalhães > Marcelo Azevedo > Felipe Pena > João Cizeski

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019 purple)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2017/2018 purple, 2019** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2019 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2019* purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016 blue)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2017* purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard / Kneebar

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: FP Team

João Cizeski Biography

João Cizeski was born on November 26, 1994, in Criciúma, a municipality in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

A sporty child from early in life, João went through a few different activities prior to finding his calling for grappling, but it was in basketball that he felt more at home, a sport he competed in extensively.

By the time Cizeski reached college, his busy schedule prevented him from doing any competitive sports. It was while struggling with this routine that he saw a university colleague with a jiu-jitsu gi in his backpack. The two exchanged a few words and João discovered there was a late-night schedule (10:30 pm) at his friend’s academy, that allowed Cizeski to train there. This ultimately led 17-year-old João Cizeski to Eduardo Milioli’s academy – an affiliate of the Rillion Gracie association.

Under the guidance of coach Eduardo Milioli, João gained a great deal of interest in the competition side of jiu-jitsu. Although ambitious, he soon understood that splitting his time between a part-time job, the university, and training was severely hindering his hopes of becoming one of the top grapplers in the nation. Opting to go with his heart, Cizeski slowly started leaving his academic life behind in favor of the mats.

As a purple belt, João applied for a scholarship at the FP Team, where he met Felipe Pena. To be accepted by the team’s professional program, Cizeski had to go through a strict selection process, where he competed against other athletes looking to conquer that same spot. João pulled through and was accepted by the Belo Horizonte team, then moving to the state of Minas Gerais to pursue a professional career in the sport.

The impact of training in one of the top jiu-jitsu academies in the world made an immediate impact on Cizeski’s career, who went on to win Brazilian National titles both with and without the gi. His performances earned the Santa Catarina native his brown belt from coach Pena in 2019, and later, in February 2021, his black belt, also awarded by Felipe Pena.

Joao Cizeski Grappling Record

15 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
29
2
#86e620
Pena choke
14
1
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
14
1
#d1212a
Footlock
14
1
#fad11b
Armbar
14
1
#f58822
Kneebar
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
54
7
#86e620
Triangle
8
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
8
1
#d1212a
RNC
8
1
#fad11b
Calf slicer
8
1
#f58822
Ezekiel
8
1
#224aba
Botinha
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Cizeski Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
25819Yago SouzaYago SouzaLChoke from backHouston Open88KGF2021
25834Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2021
26154Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.85KGR12021
27862Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLTriangleAtlanta SMOP88KGSF2021
27884Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta SMNG85KGF2021
27888Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusLPts: 6x0Atlanta SMNGABS4F2021
28310Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
30806Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuLPts: 8x8, AdvDallas Open88KG4F2022
30819Yan LucasYan LucasLPointsDallas OpenABS4F2022
30969Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionLA Open88KG4F2022
32009Bruno TostoLPointsNashville Open88KGF2022
32016Alexander TransAlexander TransLArmbarNashville OpenABSF2022
32471Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLChoke from backSD Open88KGF2022
32982Jansen GomesJansen GomesLRNCWorld Champ.88KGR12022
35959Francisco LoFrancisco LoLCalf slicerHouston FO88KG4F2022
37834Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLEzekielMemphis Open88KGSF2023
37857Rafael SilvaLPts: 3x0Memphis OpenABSSF2023
38048Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLChoke from backLA Open88KGF2023
38537Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KGR12023
39182Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLChoke from backSanta Cruz O88KGF2023
39194Renato tagliariLBotinhaSanta Cruz OABSSF2023
40439Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12023
42475Nolan StuartNolan StuartLPointsJJ Con88KGSF2023
42492Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesLPts: 10x2JJ ConABS4F2023
46954Rafael SilveiraRafael SilveiraLChoke from backSacramento Open82KGSF2024
47432Rolando SamsonRolando SamsonLChoke from backLA Open82KGF2024
25817Jonathan WatsonWPts: 4x2Houston Open88KGSF2021
25830Charles McGuireWPena chokeHouston OpenABSR12021
27309Gabriel CastroWReferee DecisionF2W 180N/ASPF2021
27882Michael WilkinsWInside heel hookAtlanta SMNG85KGSF2021
28306Raphael QuinnWFootlockNoGi Worlds85KGR12021
32008Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWPointsNashville Open88KGSF2022
32013Clay MayfieldWPointsNashville OpenABS4F2022
32014Marlon FerreiraWPointsNashville OpenABSSF2022
32469Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWReferee DecisionSD Open88KGSF2022
37855Gabriel KasparyWPts: 0x0, AdvMemphis OpenABS4F2023
38047Elder CruzElder CruzWReferee DecisionLA Open88KGSF2023
39181Carlos FeitosaWArmbarSanta Cruz O88KGSF2023
39193Antonio VelazquezWChoke from backSanta Cruz OABS4F2023
42472Gilberto SaraivaWKneebarJJ Con88KG4F2023
47431Rehan MuttalibWChoke from backLA Open82KGSF2024
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