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Vannessa Griffin

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Vannessa Griffin is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Julius Park and a member of the Crazy 88 Academy, who often represents Team Lloyd Irvin in the sport’s international circuit. Griffin made waves in grappling during her colored belt career, a time when Vanessa conquered numerous titles of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league such as the World, World No-Gi, Pan, Pan No-Gi, and European Championships.

Vannessa Griffin Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Vannessa Nancy Griffin

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leo DallaLloyd Irvin > Julius Park > Vanessa Griffin

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2020*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 blue, 2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015 blue, 2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2020 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2016** purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015* blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2017*/2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020* brown)
  • F2W Brown Belt Welterweight Champion (2018)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Médio (69,00 kg / 152.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Crazy 88 – Team Lloyd Irvin

Vanessa Griffin Biography

Vanessa Griffin was born on August 12, 1997, in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA, where she lived up until her 3rd birthday.

After her father passed away, Vanessa and her family moved out of RI, to neighboring Maryland State, testing a few different towns before settling in Elkridge, MD.

Although curious about sports, Vanessa didn’t pay too much attention to extra-curricular activities up until her tweens. At that point, in trying to find something to occupy her time, Griffin discovered the Crazy 88 Academy, which neighbored her residence, joining the gym’s jiu-jitsu class – with coach Jon Delbrugge
– at the age of 13.

At Crazy 88, Vanessa Griffin became one of coach Julius Park‘s top students, training on to a nearly full-time schedule from her yellow belt days onwards, while studying and helping with the team’s coaching program.

After a stellar career in the lower belt divisions, where Vanessa conquered the IBJJF World, World NOGI, Pan, Pan NOGI, and European Open titles, Griffin was promoted to black belt by coach Park. A promotion that came on June 20, 2020.

Vannessa Griffin Grappling Record

8 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    1 (13%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (13%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
20
1
#86e620
Choke from back
20
1
#5AD3D1
Kimura
20
1
#d1212a
Armbar
20
1
#fad11b
Americana
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
4 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Outside heel hook
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Vannessa Griffin Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24063Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLPts: 11x0Pan American69KGSF2020
24361Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2020
26024Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayLOutside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.ABS4F2021
27445Andressa CintraLReferee DecisionPan American69KGSF2021
24062Raquel CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American69KG4F2020
24258Nikki SullivanWPts: 2x0Atlanta OpenABSF2020
24360Nikki SullivanWPts: 0x0, PenNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2020
25256Suellen SouzaWChoke from backOrlando Open66KGRR2021
25257Suellen SouzaWKimuraOrlando Open66KGF2021
25291Bridget McElieceWArmbarOrlando NGO69KGF2021
25990Erin JohnsonWAmericanaNoGi Pan Am.66KGF2021
27441Bruna MacielWChokePan American69KG8F2021
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