Ethan Crelinsten - Canadian BJJ Black Belt Champion

Ethan Crelinsten - Canadian BJJ Black Belt Champion

1. Ethan Crelinsten’s Details

Ethan Crelinsten’s Details

Name Ethan Crelinsten
Nickname N/A
Born Montreal, Canada
Date of Birth May 14, 1994
Weight Division Featherweight
Last Weigh-in N/A
Height 5’9”
College N/A
Rank Black belt
Last Fight        2023
Fighting Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Position Back Attacks
Head Coach John Danaher
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Renzo Gracie > John Danaher> Ethan Crelinsten
Fighting out of Austin, Texas
Team Association B-Team

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2. Ethan Crelinsten’s Biography

2.1. Who is Ethan Crelinsten?

Ethan Crelinsten is a highly skilled Canadian grappler and a black belt in jiu-jitsu. He is also the representative of Montreal’s TriStar Gym and Renzo Gracie Academy.

2.2. Ethan Crelinsten's Early Life

Ethan Crelinsten was born on 14 May 1994, in Canada. Just like other BJJ athletes, Crelinsten was not involved in jiu-jitsu from his childhood as he started his BJJ journey at the age of 19. Initially, he was not a sporty child but with time, Crelinsten started taking an interest in BJJ and its related techniques. He was greatly influenced by the rising mixed martial arts in Canada.

2.3. First Learning Phase

Ethan Crelinsten first learned the wrestling and striking techniques and then grasped the advanced BJJ techniques by training under Firas Zahabi at TriStar Gym, Montreal. Under the Zahabi, Crelinsten developed a habit of practicing jiu-jitsu regularly. Although in his teenage, Crelinsten was involved in both BJJ and MMA by training under Zahabi, he decided to simply focus on BJJ. Crelinsten spent a productive time at TriStar Gym and secured his all BJJ belts under Zahabi. The learning style at TriStar Gym was more top-game-centric.

2.4. Association with John Danaher

Along with Firas Zahabi, Ethan Crelinsten was also trained under another famous grappling instructor, John Danaher at Renzo Gracie Academy in New York. Crelinsten was trained for 5 years under Danaher.

Tom Breese, a renowned BJJ fighter was the main figure in Crelinsten’s life who developed a link between Crelinsten and John Danaher. Breese first introduced Crelinsten to Gordon Ryan, a top BJJ athlete and student of John Danaher. After getting inspired by him, Crelinsten enrolled himself at Renzo Gracie Academy and then became a part of the elite Danaher Death Squad team.

Once Ethan Crelinsten appeared in The Inside Position Podcast and shared a few lines about his learnings under the supervision of John Danaher. Crelinsten said:

“The biggest takeaway I think, is just, it’s hard to put it into one thing. Everyone overestimates what they can do in 1 year, but underestimates what they can do in 5 years. I think that is a big, big takeaway from my 5 or so years of training with all those guys. It would be frustrating, like, the months would turn to years, and you’re still, like, not where you want to be. But then, if you look where you were 5 years (ago) from the point where you start questioning that, you’ll see you’ve come a long way if you’re consistent and you’re not tearing apart your knees and everything.’’

“Consistency and discipline I’d say is a big thing for all of us. That’s the big thing we were sort of hammering away at, back at Renzo’s and Puerto Rico.”

At Renzo Gracie Academy, Crelinsten majorly learned the Leg Locks and Guard playing techniques. The intent of teaching at Renzo was to focus more on scoring at top BJJ tournaments.

2.5. Termination of Danaher Death Squad

In July 2021, Danaher announced the Danaher Death Squad termination. This decision was actually due to multiple reasons including personality disputes, conflicting values, and a few more.

In 2022, Ethan Crelinsten announced the development of a "B-Team" in Austin, Texas. Nicky Rodriguez and Craig Jones were also promising parts of the B-team and contributed equally to the flourishing of the team.

2.6. Ethan Crelinsten’s Notable Achievements

Ethan Crelinsten is a true representation of dedication and hard work. He performed exceptionally in the no-gi sports circuit. Ethan Crelinsten holds the most impressive grappling record in BJJ by winning at various tournaments. He secured 1st place at the ADCC West Coast Trials, Jitz King Invitational, and ADCC East Coast Trials. Similarly, Ethan also showcased his phenomenal grappling skills at Onnit Invitational 4, BJJ Fanatics 170lbs GP, and P-Belum Invitational with the 2nd division.

2.7. Black Belt Rank

After getting significant learnings from John Danaher and Firas Zahabi, Crelinsten became a highly professional grappler and secured victory in all belt divisions. In November 2020, Crelinsten secured his black belt under John Danaher and marked the BJJ history with his success. Crelinsten’s team fellow, Nicky Ryan also secured the black belt from John on the same day. Danaher gave them a present of hunting knives’s pair for their appreciation. Both Crelinsten and Nicky were so talented that Gordon Ryan also appreciated them by saying, “I finally don’t have to feel so bad”, adding “These guys have transformed over the last few years, from tough kids to legitimate world beaters. ”

3. Ethan Crelinsten’s Top Historic Fights

3.1. Ethan Crelinsten vs Tyler Buechner

In the 2023 ADCC East Coast Trials, Ethan Crelinsten faced Tyler Buechner. The performance of both top grapplers was epic as both attempted the various Choke techniques. However, at the end of the match, Crelinsten turned the tables in a match by applying the Aoki Lock, a surprising and versatile submission technique in grappling. By applying the Aoki Lock technique, Crelinsten was declared the winner.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2023 ADCC ECTrials Tyler Buechner Win Aoki lock R2 Featherweight

3.2. Ethan Crelinsten vs Fabricio Andrey

In 2022, at the Tezos WNO Championship, Ethan Crelinsten competed against Fabricio Andrey. Initially, Andrey had better control over Crelinsten’s body and he also tried to attempt the various BJJ techniques. But the match ended when Crelinsten attempted the Rear Naked Choke technique and secured the victory.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 WNO Fabricio Andrey Win Rear Naked Choke

3.3. Ethan Crelinsten vs Dante Leon

In 2019 Tezos WNO, Ethan Crelinsten, and Dante Leon showcased their grappling skills. Crelinsten attempted various submission techniques but in the last few minutes, Leon won the match by smartly applying the Rear Naked Choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2023 Dante Leon WNO 19 Loss Rear Naked Choke SPF Featherweight

4. Ethan Crelinsten’s National and International Achievements

Year Event Medal/Position Weight Division
2018 ADCC EC Trials Gold Gold Medal Icon Featherweight
2019 Shugyo Inv.     Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Absolute Division
2019 Shugyo Inv.     Gold Gold Medal Icon Absolute Division
2020 JitzKing Gold Gold Medal Icon Featherweight
2020 BJJ Fanatics GP Silver Silver Medal Icon Middleweight
2020 TMS GP          Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium Heavyweight
2021 Atlanta NGO   Gold Gold Medal Icon Lightweight
2023 ADCC ECTrials Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Featherweight

4.1. Ethan Crelinsten’s Main Achievements

Year Event Position Belt
2020 Jitz King Invitational 1st Black
2020 BJJ Fanatics 170lbs GP 2nd Black
2020 P-Belum Invitational 2nd Black
2018 ADCC East Coast Trials 1st Black
2017 ADCC West Coast Trials 1st Black
2017 Onnit Invitational 4 2nd Black

5. Ethan Crelinsten’s Professional Record Breakdown

57 Matches 41 Wins 16 Losses
By Points 8 4
By Advantage 0 0
By Submission 25 4
By Decision 1 5
By Penalty 0 1
By EBI/OT 6 2
Draw 1

5.1. Methods of Submission

Methods Wins Loss
RNC 9 1

6. Ethan Crelinsten’s Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Sheridan Moran W Armbar Onnit Inv. 4 Light Featherweight SPF 2017
Jonathan “JT” Torres W Verbal tap Onnit Inv. 4 Light Featherweight SPF 2017
Domnick Haider W Triangle ADCC WC Trials Featherweight RS 2017
J. “Jon” Calestine L EBI/OT Onnit Inv. 4 Light Featherweight SPF 2017
Nicollas Renier W Reverse triangle ADCC Featherweight E1 2017
Dimitri Salem W Kimura ADCC WC Trials Featherweight 8F 2017
Sheridan Moran W Triangle ADCC WC Trials Featherweight 4F 2017
Marvin Castelle W Pts: 15x4 Grappling Pro Featherweight SPF 2017
AJ Agazarm L Pts: 2x0 ADCC Featherweight 4F 2017
Edwin “Junny” Ocasio W RNC Kasai Pro 3 Featherweight SPF 2018
Scott Dance W RNC ADCC EC Trials Featherweight R1 2018
Andy “Pirulito” Tackett W Triangle ADCC EC Trials Featherweight 8F 2018
Zach Green W RNC ADCC EC Trials Featherweight 4F 2018
Gianni Grippo L Pts: 9x2 Kasai Pro 4 Featherweight R1 2018
Tye Ruotolo W Toe hold ADCC EC Trials Featherweight SF 2018
Keith Krikorian W Pts: 3x0 ADCC EC Trials Featherweight F 2018
Kim Terra W Pts: 2x1 Kasai Pro 4 Featherweight R3 2018
Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes L Pts: 2x0 Kasai Pro 4 Featherweight R2 2018
Keith Krikorian W RNC Shugyo Inv. ABS F 2019
Thomas James Halpin W Armbar Polaris 9 Featherweight SPF 2019
Ashley Williams L Referee Decision Polaris 10 Featherweight SPF 2019
Max Rohskopf L Darce Choke Shugyo Inv. ABS SF 2019
Vagner “Ceará” Rocha L Points Third Coast Lightweight SPF 2019
Josh Bacallao W RNC Shugyo Inv. ABS 4F 2019
Andy Tackett W Pts: 2x0 JitzKing Featherweight F 2020
Guilherme Lima W Inside heel hook JitzKing Featherweight R1 2020
Spencer Mumme W Inside heel hook JitzKing Featherweight 4F 2020
Jose Cadavid W Points JitzKing Featherweight SF 2020
Kalil Fadlallah W RNC Para Bellum ABS SF 2020
Nick Fury W EBI/OT BJJ Fanatics GP Middleweight 4F 2020
Fabricio José Barbarotti D --- Para Bellum ABS F 2020
Enrico “Teenage Phenom” Cocco W Referee Decision Sub Stars N/A SPF 2020
Jonnatas Gracie Araujo da Silva W EBI/OT BJJ Fanatics GP Middleweight SF 2020
Oliver Taza L EBI/OT BJJ Fanatics GP Middleweight F 2020
Kade Ruotolo L Referee Decision WNO Lightweight SPF 2020
Andrew Alexander W EBI/OT SUG 13 N/A SPF 2020
Johnny Tama L Referee Decision F2W 139 Lightweight SPF 2020
Paul Jacob Barch W EBI/OT SUG 17 ABS SPF 2020
Elijah Carlton W Outside heel hook Freedom Grappling N/A SPF 2020
Muhammad Ahmadzada W Injury TMS GP Medium Heavyweight SF 2020
Kuba  Najdek W RNC TMS GP Medium Heavyweight R1 2020
Roy Dagan W EBI/OT TMS GP Medium Heavyweight 4F 2020
José Matheus W EBI/OT TMS GP Medium Heavyweight F 2020
Kade Ruotolo L Darce choke WNO 8 Featherweight SPF 2021
João Gabriel L Referee Decision F2W 175 Featherweight SPF 2021
Charles Murdock W RNC Atlanta NGO Lightweight 4F 2021
Jeffrey Cummings W Outside heel hook Atlanta NGO Lightweight F 2021
Diego “Pato” Oliveira L Referee Decision RAW 2 Featherweight SPF 2022
Fabricio “Hokage” Andrey W RNC WNO Featherweight SPF 2022
Josh Cisneros L Armbar ADCC Featherweight R1 2022
Dante Leon L RNC WNO 19 Featherweight SPF 2023
John Chandler W Pts: 3x0 ADCC ECTrials Featherweight R3 2023
Jorge Chavez W Submission ADCC ECTrials Featherweight R1 2023
Tyler Buechner W Aoki lock ADCC ECTrials Featherweight R2 2023
Julian Espinosa W Kneebar ADCC ECTrials Featherweight 8F 2023
Dorian Olivarez L Pts: 0x0, Pen ADCC ECTrials Featherweight SF 2023
Jonathan Celestine W Pts: 5x0 ADCC ECTrials Featherweight 4F 2023
Keith Krikorian W Pts: 5x0 ADCC ECTrials Featherweight 3RD 2023

7. Ethan Crelinsten’s Fights

WILD Jiu-Jitsu Match! Josh Cisneros vs Ethan Crelinsten | 2022 ADCC World Championships

Beyond The Match: Kade Ruotolo vs. Ethan Crelinsten

F2W 139: Johnny Tama vs Ethan Crelinsten

Ethan Crelinsten vs. Adrian Luna - Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds The Lightweights 2022

Oliver Taza vs Ethan Crelinsten - BJJ Match 2020

Photo Credit: @ethan.crelinsten

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