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Santeri Lilius is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Roger Gracie and the co-founder of the LiliusBarnatt Martial Arts Academy, located in the Costa Del Sol – Spain. Originally from Finland, Santeri became a familiar face on the European competitive grappling scene after solid performances on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, where he won several International Opens.

Santeri Lilius Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Santeri Lilius

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roger Gracie > Santeri Lilius

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Rome Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Berlin Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Berlin Open NoGi (2015 / 2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Madrid Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Spanish Nationals (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Spanish Nationals NoGi (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Spanish Nationals (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF London Fall Open (2015 / 2016)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slan, LDN (2017)
  • 2nd Place SBJJL Finnish Open (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slan, LDN (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2014 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2015 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Estima Lock

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg/207lbs)

Team/Association: LiliusBarnatt Martial Arts

Santeri Lilius Biography

Santeri Lilius was born on June 26, 1991, in a small Finnish town named Karkola, growing up in Lahti, also in Finland.

As a child, Santeri was committed to ice hockey, a very popular sport in his home country which he played competitively up until his 14th birthday at the junior national level. As a 15-year-old Lilius chose to swap the ice rings for the mats, then joining a Gensei Ruy Karate school.

It was while training karate that the young martial artist discovered jiu-jitsu. His sensei was an avid fan of BJJ and made an effort to incorporate a few useful grappling techniques on to his curriculum, this experience would ramp Santeri up to join a local mixed martial arts school. MMA was booming at the time and Lilius loved the sport and aspired to someday follow a career as a cage-fighter.

Unfortunately, during his early days training MMA, Lilius broke a rib from a kick he received while sparring. The incident drove Santeri’s parents to cancel his membership and veto his training, fearing for the young man’s safety. Although gutted about his parents’ decision, Lilius decided then to join a jiu-jitsu school (where there were no strikes) with the intention of waiting until he was 18YO (adulthood), when he could re-sign for MMA.

It was in the early months of 2008 that Santeri joined the classroom of Raimo Posti and Marko Kallioinen, both blue belts instructors at the time, who represented the Lucio Linhares team. From there Lilius trained at a variety of locations, being promoted by several instructors of different squads, with his black belt promotion occurring in 2015, from the hands of Roger Gracie.

After finishing his studies at the Sports Institute of Finland, Lilius was offered a job, working as a jiu-jitsu coach in the South of Spain, an offer grabbed with both hands by the young grappler. It would take Santeri 5 years to gather the funds to found his own gym in the region, in a partnership with UFC veteran cage fighter Luke Barnatt. The two formed the LiliusBarnatt Martial Arts dojo, located in the famous Mediterranian beach area of Costa Del Sol Torremolinos, Spain.

Santeri Lilius and his partner, and fellow BJJ black belt, Emilia Tuukkanen are also revered for their work outside the jiu-jitsu mats, in the dog shelters of Southern Spain, a work BJJ Heroes reported on in the past – check here for that coverage.

Santeri Lilius Grappling Record

48 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
22
6
#86e620
Toe hold
19
5
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
15
4
#d1212a
RNC
15
4
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
7
2
#f58822
Triangle armbar
4
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
4
1
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
4
1
#22c9a5
Choke from mount
4
1
#fad223
Heel hook
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
20
3
#86e620
Armbar
13
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle armbar
13
2
#d1212a
Baseball bat choke
7
1
#fad11b
Monted triangle
7
1
#f58822
Submission
7
1
#224aba
Kneebar
7
1
#ff9124
Ezekiel
7
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
7
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
7
1
#fad223
Triangle
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Santeri Lilius Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7011Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillLBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
8801Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLArmbarLondon Fall Open88KGF2015
8805Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2015
8808C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLTriangle armbarLondon NoGi F. O.85KGF2015
9109Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPointsLondon WO88KGF2016
9971Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
10725Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLChoke from backLondon F. Open88KGSF2016
11266Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 4x2Berlin Open82KGRR2016
11268Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLMonted triangleBerlin Open82KGF2016
11566Bruno BorzaniLSubmissionEuropean Open88KGR12017
11994Jackson SousaJackson SousaLKneebarLondon WOABSSF2017
12038C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLEzekielGrand Slam LDN85KGF2017
13107Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 19x0World Champ.82KGR12017
14884Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLRNCEuropean Open82KGR22018
15115Bradley HillLReferee DecisionPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15278Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLBow and arrowLondon W. Open88KGSF2018
15410Mathias RibeiroLReferee DecisionSpanish Nat.82KGF2018
15791Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backFinnish Open82KGF2018
17884C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 8x0German Nat. Pro85KGF2018
18830Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarEuropean Open88KG4F2019
19429Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosLReferee DecisionPolaris 985KGSPF2019
20868Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 2x9Spanish Nats94KGSF2019
21264C. NegromonteC. NegromonteD---Battle Grapple85KGSPF2019
22032Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x9European NoGi91KGSF2019
22043Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 6x0European NoGiABSR12019
22872Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLTriangleEuropean OpenABSR22020
22954Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open88KGSF2020
23461Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN94KGSF2020
7010Gareth NealWPts: 4x2Rome Open88KGSF2015
8779Ertan BalabanWBow and arrowBerlin Open88KGSF2015
8780Radoslaw TurekWInjuryBerlin Open88KGF2015
8784Radoslaw TurekWEstima lockBerlin NoGi Open85KGSF2015
8785Marco MachadoWTriangle armbarBerlin NoGi Open85KGF2015
8800Francisco CaraballoWToe holdLondon Fall Open88KGSF2015
8802Hassine AzarkanWToe holdLondon Fall OpenABS4F2015
8813Jesse VuorioWToe holdPrimates IIABS4F2015
8814Harri PaakkolaWStraight ankle lockPrimates IIABSSF2015
8815S. BroscheWTrianglePrimates IIABSF2015
9107Marcos FilhoWKatagatameLondon WO88KGSF2016
9393Julien CrazierWEstima lockRome Open88KGSF2016
9394Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 4x0Rome Open88KGF2016
9965Alessandro SilvaWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGR12016
10724Gareth NealeWPts: 7x0London F. Open88KG4F2016
11267Felipe CancadoWToe holdBerlin Open82KGRR2016
11269Felipe CancadoWToe holdBerlin NGO85KGF2016
11992Pedro BessaWPts: 4x2London WOABS4F2017
12033Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x6, AdvGrand Slam LDN85KG4F2017
12037Bradley HillWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
14882Raphael SilvaWPts: 6x2European Open82KGR12018
15406Guillermo PonsWRNCSpanish NGN85KGSF2018
15407Auyb MagomedovWPts: 0x0, AdvSpanish NGN85KGF2018
15409Arthur PucciWPts: 4x2Spanish Nat.82KGSF2018
15786Tore ErevikWReferee DecisionFinnish Open82KGR12018
15788Toni ToivanenWEstima lockFinnish Open82KG4F2018
15790Tuomas YlinampaWPts: 4x2Finnish Open82KGSF2018
17882Z. AbderrahmanWEstima lockGerman Nat. Pro85KGSF2018
18131Pedro FarkasWRNCLisbon Open88KGF2018
18420Pedro BessaWReferee DecisionPolaris 882KGSPF2018
18827Philippe PomaskiPhilippe PomaskiWPts: 2x0European Open88KGR12019
20870Angel CiceroWPts: 3x0Spanish NatsABS4F2019
20871Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockSpanish NatsABSSF2019
20872Alex CabanesWPts: 6x4Spanish NatsABSF2019
22029Charles McguireWRNCEuropean NoGi91KG4F2019
22458Ivan GradeWBow and arrowMadrid Open94KGSF2019
22459Guilherme JardimWPts: 4x0Madrid Open94KGF2019
22859Thomas JulienWEstima lockEuropean OpenABSR12020
22864Thomas JulienWFootlockEuropean OpenABSR12020
22945Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 12x4European Open88KGR12020
22950Angel CiceroWChoke from mountEuropean Open88KG4F2020
23330Stuart CooperWKatagatameGrapplefest 890KGSPF2020
23458Matko KvesicWKatagatameGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2020
23464Pedro EliasPedro EliasWPts: 6x5Grand Slam LDN94KGRPC2020
23465Stan VarshavskiyWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2020
23855Taylor PearmanD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
23863Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
26044Fernando MeraWKatagatameADCC SpainABS4F2021
26045Seba SantanaWRNCADCC SpainABSSF2021
26046Dimitris Marga.WHeel hookADCC SpainABSF2021
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