Nick Calvanese is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Jared Weiner and a member of the BJJ United / TAC Team in the sport’s international circuit. A former wrestling stand-out from the East Coast of the United States, Calvanese made a name in jiu jitsu through his victories in important tournaments such as the IBJJF New York Spring Open, World and Pan American No-Gi Championships.
Nicholas Calvanese Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Nicholas Patrick Calvanese
- IBJJF NY Spring Open Champion (2017)
- IBJJF NYC Pro Champion (2015** brown)
- IBJJF Boston International Open Champion (2015 brown)
- IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2015 brown)
- IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2015 brown)
- Marianas Invitational Runner-up (2017)
- IBJJF Boston Summer Open Championship 3rd Place (2015* brown)
** Weight and absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Pressure Passing
Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)
Team/Association: BJJ United
Nick Calvanese Biography
Nick Calvanese was born on May 16, 1987 in Abington, Pennsylvania – United States, growing up in neighbouring Horsham.
Wrestling was instilled in Calvanese at a young age. By the time he was 6 years old Nick was already grappling on a regular basis, and although he enjoyed it thoroughly, his training came to an end during middle school.
Calvanese returned to wrestling in his sophomore year, competing for the Hatboro Horsham Hatters Wrestling team. A late bloomer, Nick reached peak performance during his senior year, being one match short from qualifying for the PIAA state tournament.
In around late 2009 – early 2010 Nick and his brother Steven decided it would be a good idea to start playing a sport together – an excuse to spend more time with each other. They found jiu jitsu interesting and sought out a club where they could train, finding it in Jared Weiner‘s BJJ United.
In the sport of wrestling Nick always admired the Iowa Hawkeyes gritty mentality. He found this same grinding, forward moving philosophy in Weiner’s classroom and ended up progressing with his brother in the sport of jiu jitsu, side by side with the team.
During June 2016, after both Nick and his brother Steve finished competing at the IBJJF World Championships, coach Jared Weiner promoted the Calvanese brothers to black belt. On Nick’s very first competition as a black belt (2017 IBJJF NY Spring Open), he proved to be deserving of his new rank, defeating two well regarded athletes in Pedro Peres and Diego Ramalho before conquering his first gold medal in the division.
Nick Calvanese Grappling Record
5 SUBMISSIONS WINS
4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Nick Calvanese Fight History
|12514||Felipe PenaFelipe Pena||L||Choke from back||Marianas||O82KG||F||2017|
|13057||DJ JacksonDJ Jackson||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||NY Summer Open||88KG||SF||2017|
|13440||Matt LeightonMatt Leighton||L||Referee Decision||F2W Pro 49||ABS||SPF||2017|
|14649||Matheus DinizMatheus Diniz||L||Submission||Continental Pro||85KG||F||2018|
|15226||Craig JonesCraig Jones||L||Triangle||Kasai Pro 2||84KG||RR||2018|
|15230||Dante LeonDante Leon||L||Short choke||Kasai Pro 2||84KG||RR||2018|
|15287||DJ JacksonDJ Jackson||L||Referee Decision||F2W Pro 71||84KG||SPF||2018|
|12077||Pedro Peres||W||Pts: 5x0||NY Spring Open||88KG||4F||2017|
|12079||Richard Boucher||W||Bow and arrow||NY Spring Open||88KG||SF||2017|
|12081||Diego RamalhoDiego Ramalho||W||Choke from back||NY Spring Open||88KG||F||2017|
|12129||Jonovan Webb||W||Referee Decision||F2W Pro 31||82KG||SPF||2017|
|12509||Bryant Pangelinan||W||Choke from back||Marianas||O82KG||4F||2017|
|13049||Jordan Lutsky||W||Japanese necktie||F2W Pro 40||N/A||SPF||2017|
|13055||Tyler Stepe||W||Japanese necktie||NY Summer Open||88KG||4F||2017|
|14646||Diogo SampaioDiogo Sampaio||W||Pts: 5x0||Continental Pro||85KG||4F||2018|
|14647||Jonathan SatavaJonathan Satava||W||Pts: 6x2||Continental Pro||85KG||SF||2018|
|15073||Juan Quispe||W||Pts: 14x0||Kasai Qualifier||85KG||4F||2018|
|15078||Matthew Martinez||W||Pts: 13x0||Kasai Qualifier||85KG||SF||2018|
|15079||Pierre Leclerc||W||Points||Kasai Qualifier||85KG||F||2018|
|15229||Michael PerezMichael Perez||W||Pts: 4x2||Kasai Pro 2||84KG||RR||2018|
Nick Calvanese vs Diego Ramalho
Nick Calvanese vs Dave Adams