Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Who is Murilo Santana?

As is usually the case, I'm late to the party with some things in the Jiu-Jitsu world. Back in 2012, Santana was winning the Brasileiros (beating another guy who would come onto the scene this year in the Mundials and Copa Podio - Felipe Pena), but I first noticed him in the Abu Dhabi Pro Qualifier up in America's hat (also known as Canada) with his old school, head first, face in crotch fundamental style of stack passing. He's really come to bear in the early part of this year with solid perfomances at black belt in the Mundials. He's also part of a renaissance in the stack pass which is a response to all the wild open guard styles coming to the forefront of sport Jiu-Jitsu as of late.

"Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Mario Yamasaki > Murilo Santana
Main Achievements:
    • Brazilian National Champion (2007, 2010, 2012)
    • World Champion No Gi (2013 open weight)
    • World Cup Open Weight Champion – CBJJE (2007)
    • Sao Paulo State Champion (2007 weight & absolute)
    • ADCC Brazilian Trials Winner (2011)
    • Brazilian National No-Gi Silver Medallist (2010)
    • World Championships Bronze Medallist (2014, 2008, 2007)
    • Brazilian National Open Weight Bronze Medallist (2008)
    • World No-Gi Bronze Medallist (2010)
    • ADCC 4th Place (2011 absolute)
"BJJ Heroes Biography - click HERE
BJJ Scout breakdown of his stack pass style - click HERE
Ostap Analysis of his smash passing style - click HERE

Here he is very briefly and coming about as close as I've seen many, many high levels guys pass Keenan's guard but Keenan recomposes. This is a great match for watching Murilo's low passing style with pressure versus a flexible and varied guard like Keenan's.

And remember kids, Stack passing: Everybody's doing it.


  1. Murilo is a badass, and has been for years. I'm glad people are finally starting to take notice.

  2. he really showed at the Mundials against guys like Braulio that he is an elite level competitor.