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Luiz Panza is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Marco Barbosa, who also worked extensively with Leonardo Vieira at the Checkmat HQ academy. A former professional model, Luiz Panza traded the catwalk for Jiu Jitsu, turning professional in 2013. After earning his black belt rank, Luiz quickly made a name for himself by piling up medals at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) Mundial, Pan American (gi and no gi) and Brazilian Nationals (gi and no gi).

Luiz Panza Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Luiz Fernando de Azevedo Panza

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Luiz Panza

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016/2014)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (2013**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Nationals (2013**)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ Berkut Grand Prix 95kg (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Los Angeles (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF LA BJJ Pro (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017**/2013)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2013)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Brazilian Nationals (2013)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Closed Guard & 50/50 Guard

Weight Division: Super Pesado (up to 100kg/223lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat Jiu Jitsu

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Luiz Panza Biography

Luiz Panza was born on the 2nd of February 1990 in the north side of São Paulo, growing up in a middle class neighborhood. Being a very energetic kid, the Panza family hold decided to introduce Luiz to martial arts early on, and by the age of 7 he started practising Kung Fu, later moving on to Karate (Shotokan), a style he practiced for many years, earning a black belt in the Japanese fighting art.

Panza always envisioned competing in MMA but being a teenager (around 15 at the time) he could not afford to pay for a membership at an MMA gym. With that in mind, he saved up money given by his family in festive events such as birthdays/Christmas and by the age of 16 he had a decent sum of cash with which he walked into the Lotus academy. At Lotus he asked if he could train there with their MMA fighters. The money wasn’t enough for him to take classes for too long, so instead he asked if he could just come in during the MMA sparring sessions and spar with their athletes, a request that was accepted by the gym administration.

This MMA training went on for a while until the moment when Luiz had a street fight (with a guy who was trying to mess with his girlfriend). Luiz hurt the other man badly and was forbidden to train by his mother who believed that training MMA made him more aggressive. At the time Luiz’ best friend, Felipe Marques, trained BJJ and the two (Felipe and Luiz) got together with Mrs. Panza and managed to convince her to let Luiz start Jiu-Jitsu. This was in 2007 and Luiz Panza started training with coach Edilberto da Ponte, of A.O.A. team. Luiz became a big fan of Jiu-Jitsu and started competing regularly reaching his blue and purple belts under the supervision of Mr. Ponte.

At purple belt level, Luiz Panza started looking for a more competitive team where he could continue to grow in the sport, Panza decided to switch to Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu, one of the top teams in the state where he received both his brown belt and his black belt (on the 17th of December, 2012).

Before deciding on becoming a professional athlete, Luiz Panza was an emerging model who was also finishing his degree while working at a bank. With a bright future ahead of him as both a model or a banker, Panza decided to give up on these well-paid professions to dedicate himself fully to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His first year as a black belt was a huge success and proved that the young Panza had what was necessary to make it among the elite grapplers of the world, stacking up an impressive medal tally.

LINK WITH CHECKMAT TEAM

In 2014 Luiz Panza moved to the United States of America where he joined the Checkmat Academy under the guidance of Leozinho Vieira, where Luiz achieved further sporting success.

After the birth of his first child in 2018, Panza opted to focus on a career as a grappling instructor, then opening his own gym in 2019, Academia Panza Jiu-Jitsu, also known as Checkmat Rolling Hills, in Rolling Hills – California.

Luiz Panza Grappling Record

63 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    48 (76%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

48 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
38
18
#86e620
Armbar
17
8
#5AD3D1
Triangle
10
5
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
5
#fad11b
Footlock
6
3
#f58822
Katagatame
4
2
#224aba
RNC
2
1
#ff9124
Flying triangle
2
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
2
1
#22c9a5
Choke from back
2
1
#fad223
Straight ankle lock
2
1
#03861f
Calf slicer
2
1
#039a1f
Mounted triangle
2
1
48
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
25
2
#86e620
Choke from back
25
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
13
1
#d1212a
Armbar
13
1
#fad11b
RNC
13
1
#f58822
Toe hold
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Luiz Panza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4483Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
4793Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
5085Jackson SousaJackson SousaLTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5274Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5418Magid HageLReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2014
5522Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x2Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5541Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5588Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5638Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5798Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
5971Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6057Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
6174Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio85KGF2014
6716Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS4F2015
6843Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7090Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2World Pro95KGSF2015
7128Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
9052Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLReferee DecisionUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9475Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 4x2World ProABS8F2016
9991Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2016
10024Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
12899Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 3x2World Champ.ABSSF2017
13066Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.100KGSF2017
14760Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16348Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16374Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2018
19191Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 106100KGSPF2019
4358UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4360Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWRNCPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4790Joao AssisJoao AssisWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4940Daniel SimmlerWBotinhaNoGi Pan American100KGF2013
4942Ronnie WuestWTriangleNoGi Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4943Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWBotinhaNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
5044Mikeias BezerraWFlying triangleBrasileiro NoGi94KGF2013
5048Mikeias BezerraWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
5050AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5376Tiago DeclavoWPointsPan American100KG4F2014
5378Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWPointsPan American100KGSF2014
5379Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5526Rico BastosWTriangleCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5531Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5538Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5543Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KG3PLC2014
5578Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5585Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWBotinhaWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5632UnknownWTriangleWorld Pro.100KG4F2014
5635Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGSF2014
5672Karim KalifahWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
6022James PuopoloJames PuopoloWFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6055R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
6152Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6157Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioD---Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6161Jon SatavaWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6169Luis GustavoWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6171Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 11x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6172Gregor GracieGregor GracieWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGSF2014
6695Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan AmericanABSR22015
6840Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7083Erico PintoWBotinhaWorld Pro95KGR12015
7087Nelton PontesNelton PontesWBotinhaWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7092Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
9051Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9281Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG4F2016
9284Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
9285Alexandro CeconiWFootlockPan American100KGF2016
9297Kitner MouraWStraight ankle lockPan AmericanABSR12016
9312Mohamed AlyWPts: 4x4, AdvPan AmericanABSR22016
9323James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9455Luiz SantosWKneebarWorld ProABSR12016
9465Otavio NalatiWPts: 6x0World ProABSR22016
9989Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KG4F2016
10389Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrand Slam LA110KGSF2016
10391Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaGrand Slam LA110KGF2016
10642Eliot KellyEliot KellyWFootlockBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
10643Manny DiazManny DiazWBotinhaBJJ Pro LAO94KGF2016
10863Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWArmbarNoGi Worlds97KGSF2016
10864Jared DoppJared DoppWCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGF2016
12768Joseph MokuWBotinhaACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12771R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKneebarACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12772Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGF2017
12875Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 11x4World Champ.ABSR12017
12887Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWKneebarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12895Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
13063Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG4F2017
16087R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWTriangleACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16345Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16356Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWKatagatameWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16366Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABS8F2018
19485Victor RodriguezWMounted triangleSan Jose OpenO100KGF2019
19490Jonathan AndrewWTriangleSan Jose OpenABS4F2019
19494Nisar LoynabWKatagatameSan Jose OpenABSSF2019
19495Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWBotinhaSan Jose OpenABSF2019

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