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Michael Musumeci

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Michael Musumeci, also known as Mikey Musumeci, is an accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Gilbert “Durinho” Burns and Jonatas “Tagarela” Gurgel. Musumeci made a name for himself in the lower belt divisions of the sport by winning sequential world titles from juvenile blue, up to brown belt, with a modern style of grappling heavily reliant on the berimbolo and crab ride positions which made Mikey one of the main representatives of this modern day approach to jiu-jitsu. Mikey is also the 4th US national to have ever conquered an IBJJF world title in the male black belt division, as well as the first American to conquer this title twice in their career.

Michael Musumeci Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Michael Musumeci Jr.

Nickname: Mikey, short for Michael.

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Rafael Fofitio > Gilbert Burns > Michael Musumeci

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Carlson Gracie >Andre PederneirasJoao Roque > Jonatas Gurgel > Michael Musumeci

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 / 2018 / 2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2015 / 2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Los Angeles (2016)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 purple, 2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile World Championship (2012 / 2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014 purple, 2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile Pan Championship (2012 / 2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Championship (2011)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile Pan No-Gi Championship (2011)

Favorite Position/Technique: Berimbolo

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Caio Terra Association

Michael Musumeci Biography

Michael Musumeci was born on the 7th of July, 1996 in Marlboro, New Jersey. Michael started training at the age of 4 with coach Fernando “Cabeça” at Fatijo’s Martial Arts Academy. He remained under Cabeça’s guidance until his 10th birthday, when Musumeci and his family moved to Wellington, Florida.

In Florida, Michael continued his jiu-jitsu journey at Marcelo Ribeiro’s gym. This relationship didn’t last long as Ribeiro moved to Texas shortly after. The Musumeci’s then joined coach Emyr “Shark” Bussade of American Top Team. At Bussade’s academy, Michael received his green and blue belts.

During Michael’s stay at Emyr Bussade’s academy, the Mendes Bros came by for a few seminars, thus starting a long lasting relationship between Michael and the formidable brothers. Musumeci stayed in touch with Rafael and Guilherme, attending seminars, taking private lessons and visiting their gym.

As time went by, Michael’s family moved further south, at this point Michael joined Javill Byron’s gym at WMB Miami. Byron awarded Musumeci his purple belt after his second world title as a juvenile blue belt.

After Michael’s family moved back to Boca Raton, Florida, Mikey regained contact with coach Bussade at ATT Wellington, and with Jonatas Gurgel at ATT Aventura. He also started teaching at the Jaco Training Center together with his sister Tammi, where they met Gilbert Burns, who became a training partner and mentor.

Throughout his hectic training schedule, Michael Musumeci also maintained regular contact with the Mendes Brothers visiting their Art of Jiu Jitsu training center. It would be Guilherme Mendes who awarded Mikey his brown belt whilst on the podium, after his 2014 purple belt world title.

After his brown belt world title, Mikey Musumeci also added regular trips to AJ Sousa’s gym. The following year, after yet another impressive win at the 2015 worlds, Musumeci was awarded his black belt in a combined effort between Jonatas Gurgel and Gilbert Burns. He was 18 years old at the time.

Back Takes Instructional by Michael Musumeci

Mikey Musumeci Grappling Record

37 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
31
4
#86e620
Choke from back
23
3
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
8
1
#d1212a
Omoplata
8
1
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
8
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
8
1
#224aba
Armbar
8
1
#ff9124
Arm in ezekiel
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
2 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    0 (0%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (50%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (50%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Mikey Musumeci Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
9887Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2016
12036Cleber SousaCleber SousaLReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
7576Nobuo YagaiWChoke from backAmerican Nat.64KGSF2015
7578Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF2015
9185Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG4F2016
9187Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backPan American57KGSF2016
9188Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 6x3Pan American57KGF2016
9876Luis PintoWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KGR12016
10146Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x0American Nats64KGSF2016
10147Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2016
10319Joao MarinhoWPts: 2x0Ch. Summer Open70KGSF2016
10320Bruce GuevaraWPts: 6x0Ch. Summer Open70KGF2016
10384Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2016
10386Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2016
10834Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi Worlds62KGSF2016
10835Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF2016
11467Ryan ClayWBow and arrowEuropean Open64KG4F2017
11470Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGSF2017
11471Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 2x0European Open64KGF2017
12535Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12536Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12540Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12541Mathias JardinWBotinhaWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12970Washington LimaWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KG8F2017
12975Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2017
12977Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.64KGSF2017
12978Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGF2017
14815Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWBotinhaACB 1060KGSPF2018
16269Eduard LisboaWArmbarWorld Champ.64KGR22018
16271Alex SodreAlex SodreWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.64KG4F2018
16275Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KGSF2018
16277Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGF2018
20151S. WatanabeWPts: 8x2World Champ.57KGR12019
20156Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 8x2World Champ.57KG4F2019
20161Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 10x8World Champ.57KGSF2019
20162Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.57KGF2019
21437Joseph LeeWOmoplataWorld Festival70KGSPF2019
21488Geoff VillarrealWChoke from backGolden State70KGSF2019
21489Ari TaviraWTriangle armbarGolden State70KGF2019

Michael Musumeci vs Tony Casarez

Michael Musumeci vs Alexis Alducin

Michael Musumeci vs Joao Miyao

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Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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