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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

66 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    51 (77%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

51 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
39
20
#86e620
Armbar
16
8
#5AD3D1
Triangle
12
6
#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
51
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
20
2
#86e620
Choke from back
20
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle armbar
20
2
#d1212a
Choke
10
1
#fad11b
Armbar
10
1
#f58822
RNC
10
1
#224aba
Toe hold
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Luiz Panza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4489Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
4799Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
5091Jackson SousaJackson SousaLTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5280Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5424Magid HageLReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2014
5528Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x2Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5547Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5594Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5644Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5804Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
5977Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6063Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
6180Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio85KGF2014
6722Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS4F2015
6849Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7096Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2World Pro95KGSF2015
7134Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
9058Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLReferee DecisionUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9481Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 4x2World ProABS8F2016
9997Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2016
10030Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
12906Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 3x2World Champ.ABSSF2017
13073Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.100KGSF2017
14772Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16364Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16390Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2018
19234Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 106100KGSPF2019
20197Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.100KGSF2019
20226Leandro LoLeandro LoLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
4364UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4366Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWRNCPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4796Joao AssisJoao AssisWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4946Daniel SimmlerWBotinhaNoGi Pan American100KGF2013
4948Ronnie WuestWTriangleNoGi Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4949Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWBotinhaNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
5050Mikeias BezerraWFlying triangleBrasileiro NoGi94KGF2013
5054Mikeias BezerraWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
5056AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5382Tiago DeclavoWPointsPan American100KG4F2014
5384Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWPointsPan American100KGSF2014
5385Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5532Rico BastosWTriangleCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5537Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5544Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5549Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KG3PLC2014
5584Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5591Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWBotinhaWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5638UnknownWTriangleWorld Pro.100KG4F2014
5641Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGSF2014
5678Karim KalifahWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
6028James PuopoloJames PuopoloWFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6061R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
6158Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6163Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioD---Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6167Jon SatavaWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6175Luis GustavoWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6177Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 11x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6178Gregor GracieGregor GracieWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGSF2014
6701Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan AmericanABSR22015
6846Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7089Erico PintoWBotinhaWorld Pro95KGR12015
7093Nelton PontesNelton PontesWBotinhaWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7098Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
9057Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9287Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG4F2016
9290Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
9291Alexandro CeconiWFootlockPan American100KGF2016
9303Kitner MouraWStraight ankle lockPan AmericanABSR12016
9318Mohamed AlyWPts: 4x4, AdvPan AmericanABSR22016
9329James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9461Luiz SantosWKneebarWorld ProABSR12016
9471Otavio NalatiWPts: 6x0World ProABSR22016
9995Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KG4F2016
10395Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrand Slam LA110KGSF2016
10397Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaGrand Slam LA110KGF2016
10648Eliot KellyEliot KellyWFootlockBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
10649Manny DiazManny DiazWBotinhaBJJ Pro LAO94KGF2016
10869Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWArmbarNoGi Worlds97KGSF2016
10870Jared DoppJared DoppWCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGF2016
12775Joseph MokuWBotinhaACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12778R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKneebarACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12779Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGF2017
12882Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 11x4World Champ.ABSR12017
12894Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWKneebarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12902Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
13070Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG4F2017
16103R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWTriangleACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16361Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16372Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWKatagatameWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16382Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABS8F2018
19528Victor RodriguezWMounted triangleSan Jose OpenO100KGF2019
19533Jonathan AndrewWTriangleSan Jose OpenABS4F2019
19537Nisar LoynabWKatagatameSan Jose OpenABSSF2019
19538Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWBotinhaSan Jose OpenABSF2019
20191James PuopoloJames PuopoloWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20195Wellington PerotoWTriangleWorld Champ.100KG4F2019
20222R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR22019

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