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Luiz Panza

Luiz Panza is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who is considered one of the top heavy weight competitors of his generation. Luiz is a black belt under the legendary Marco “Barbosinha” Barbosa. Luiz Panza got his start in a career as a professional model, but in 2013 he gave that up to pursue Brazilian Jiu Jitsu full time. It did not take long for Luiz to make a name for himself at black belt. In his first year, Luiz won multiple medals in the highest levels of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition including the Brazilian Nationals (in both gi and no gi), the World Pro Cup Trials, the Mundail, and the Pan American (in both gi and no gi). The following year, in 2014 Panza had another very successful year, winning the Pan American Championship once more and then moving to the United States in order to join the Checkmat BJJ team.



"Hidden Secret" BJJ Killer from Sao Paulo Smashes Top Black Belts With His Weird One Handed Footlocks and Bizarre Sweeps & Submissions. 2x Pan Black Belt Champion Luiz Panzas Attacks Are Unlike Any You’ve Seen. Your Opponents Will Be Helpless to Stop Them.

Luiz’ Footlocks are straight up strange - we aren’t going to lie - and when you first see them you may ask “How the hell would that work?”  The grip looks loose, he only uses one hand.. But when he applies them, his opponents’ leg wants to explode – the power and leverage he generates is just tremendous.  He gets them from, guard, from side control, from passing – he is a one armed footlock machine.

His skills were forged in one of the toughest gyms in Brazil.  Luiz grew up having wars with Sao Paulo’s hardest fighers: Leandro Lo, Murilo Santana and a whole host of other wrecking machines you haven’t heard of but would eat the “tough guys” you see at NAGA and Grapplers Quest for lunch.

This one of the coolest DVDs out there - previously hidden material.

Luiz Panza is going to draw back the curtain and let you in on the secrets he’s perfected through years of hard work.



  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016, 2014)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion No Gi (2013)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No Gi Champion (2013)
  • ACBJJ Berkut GP 95kg Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam LA Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF BJJ Pro LA Champion (2016)
  • IIBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2017, 2013)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2013)
  • IBJJF Brazilian Nationals Championship 3rd Place (2013)

Luiz Panza Biography

Luiz Panza was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 2nd, 1990. Growing up, Luiz was a very active child, so his parents decided to enroll Luiz in martial arts. At the age of 7, Luiz was already practicing Kung Fu and Shotokan Karate, a style of Japanese fighting. He would practice karate for many years and eventually earn his black belt in Shotokan. In his teenage years, Luiz Panza envisioned himself competing in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). He saved up all his money in order to join a local MMA gym. By the age of 16, Luiz had enough saved up to join the Lotus academy, where he sought out training with their MMA fighters. Soon enough, Luiz was attending MMA sparring sessions and learning from some of their best.

Luiz continued to train mixed martial arts until he got in a street fight with a guy who messing with his girlfriend. He ended up hurting the man very badly and so his mother forbid him from training, believing it to make Luiz more aggressive. Luiz’s best friend Felipe Marques helped him convinced his mother to let him train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Eventually Luiz’s mother agreed and so he began training with Coach Edilberto da Ponte of the A.O.A team. Luiz immediately fell in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and started competing regularly. He would go on to earn his blue and purple belt from Edilberto.

When Luiz Panza reached purple belt, he began looking for a team that was more competitive in order to keep growing in the sport. Panza opted to move to Barbosa Jiu Jitsu, which was one of the top teams in Sao Paulo. It was here that Luiz received both his brown belt and his black belt on December 17th, 2012. Even though Luiz was an emerging model and a successful banker at the time, he decided to give up on both professions in order to dedicate himself fully to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In his first year as a black belt, Luiz proved himself to be a world class competitor, ranking amongst some of the most elite grapplers in the world, while piling up and impressive list of medals.

Luiz Panza Videos

The Straight Footlock: In A Gi: By Luiz Panza

Luiz Panza vs Ricardo Evangelista - IBJJF Pro League 3 - World Jiu Jitsu Expo 2014

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