Frank Rosenthal - The Eight-Year BJJ Veteran!

Frank Rosenthal - The Eight-Year BJJ Veteran!

1. Frank Rosenthal’s Details

Name Frank Rosenthal
Nickname N/A
Born New City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth October 12, 1990.
Nationality American
College/University East Stroudsburg University
Last Fight Emerald City SPF, 2022
Last Weight In 70 kg
Weight Class Featherweight/ Peso Pluma (141.5 lbs.)
Weight N/A
Height N/A
Career Disclosed Earnings $0
Fighting out of N/A
Foundational style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Rear Naked Choke
Back Attacks
Rank Black Belt
Awarded By Doug Pelinkovic
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie Sr. -> Helio Gracie -> Carlos Gracie Jr. -> Renzo Gracie -> John Danaher -> Doug Pelinkovic -> Frank Rosenthal
Team/Association Renzo Gracie NYC
50/50 Team

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2. Frank Rosenthal’s Biography

“You can’t fake jiu-jitsu. It’s the most real thing in the world.”

(Frank Rosenthal)

Rosenthal discovered jiu-jitsu through a true friend. His genuine interest in the sport is reflected in his achievements. Larger than life, his dreams and goals for jiu-jitsu, his students, and himself are coming true!

2.1. Frank Rosenthal’s Early Life & Amateur Fighting

New Yorker BJJ Champion

The New City, New York, United States of America, welcomed a would-be BJJ champion into the world on October 12, 1990. The young champion was named Frank Rosenthal.

Rosenthal discovered wrestling and grappling in high school. After graduating from high school, he decided to study physical education at the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Frank Rosenthal’s love for martial arts compelled him to join the university’s wrestling team.

Stumbling Upon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Frank Rosenthal’s friend, Eric Sherman, who was a blue belt at that time, introduced him to the armbar technique. This exposure to the submission method piqued Rosenthal’s curiosity, leading him to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

“My friend Eric Sherman introduced me to BJJ by arm-locking me repeatedly and I wanted to learn it.”

(Frank Rosenthal)

Back to New York

In 2013, Rosenthal moved back to New York after acquiring his degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University. He enrolled in a jiu-jitsu class led by Coach Carl Massaro - an affiliate of Renzo Gracie Academy. Rosenthal was 18 when he first started jiu-jitsu training. From white to brown belt, Massaro stayed with Rosenthal every step of the journey.

Jiu-Jitsu Training & No-Gi Wins

The young white belt trained arduously to develop his fighting style and rise to the next belt level. As a blue belt, Rosenthal won a bronze medal at the IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship and secured second place at the IBJJF New York Open. Slowly but surely, he left his mark on every no-gi lower belt platform. Now, Rosenthal wanted to enter the mainstream jiu-jitsu circuit. The RGA helped him to realize this dream.

Training under Doug Pelinkovic & John Danaher

Being a part of the Renzo Gracie Academy (RGA) had its perks. Rosenthal got a golden opportunity to train with many different coaches. Therefore, to become an internationally acclaimed grappler, he sought the mentorship of Doug Pelinkovic and John Danaher. 

Danaher was blessed with the ability to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of his athletes. He was also known to impart his knowledge systematically. Rosenthal took advantage of flawless coaching and polished his jiu-jitsu skills.

Focused on his game, Rosenthal was oblivious to the watchful eyes of his shrewd instructors, who could see a potential coach in him. Pelinkovic and Danaher waited for the right time to bring out the outstanding coach in Rosenthal, encouraging him to fight and train his way to the brown belt.

2.2. Frank Rosenthal’s Pro BJJ Combat

The Greatest Accolade

An exceptional grappler and now an excellent coach, nothing could stop Frank Rosenthal from receiving the greatest accolade. His outstanding performances in both roles fueled his speedy promotion to the black belt level.

In September 2018, the 27-year-old Frank Rosenthal received his black belt in an auspicious ceremony that was attended by the legendary Renzo Gracie, John Danaher, and Doug Pelinkov.

Black Belt No-Gi Challenges

Now a black belt, Frank Rosenthal restricted himself to the No-Gi submission-only tournaments and conquered prestigious events, including the RISE and the ONNIT Invitational. His spectacular win at the SUG Tournament gave him a confidence boost. More than encouraged, Rosenthal set his sights on the World Championship. He aimed to win the ADCC Trials to enter and conquer the ADCC World.

Rise Invitational 3

The RISE Invitational Tournament held in 2018 saw the rise of Frank Rosenthal. He was representing the Renzo Gracie Academy and his coach John Danaher for the event.

Rosenthal competed against Nick Manela in the first round and then fought Julien Banner in the semifinals.

In the final round, he confronted Mike Davila of Marcelo Garcia Academy. The two athletes entangled themselves in a leg lock position for quite some time. When the technique didn’t work in anyone’s favor, they resorted to more aggressive moves. Then opportunity struck for Rosenthal in the first overtime round. He quickly attempted a rear-naked choke and successfully escaped Davila’s back mount position to win the match.

Rosenthal Rise Again at Rise Invitational 4

In 2018, Frank Rosenthal utilized back and leg techniques, showcasing impressive progression in the RISE Invitational 4 Multi-Fight Tournament.

He won both his matches via heel hook and landed himself a spot in the finals. He seized the final victory by applying his favorite heel hook and devastating cross ashi garami technique against Rey Rey. The 10th Planet representative could not counter Frank Rosenthal’s aggressive moves and lost the gold medal to him.

Kasai Pro 2

Within the same year, Frank Rosenthal faced Zach Maslany at the Kasai Pro super-fight event. The action-packed epic fight featuring the two highly admired grapplers saw a heel hook submission victory for Rosenthal, who was a brown belt at the time.

The Emerald City Upset

Over the years Rosenthal gained experience in the Emerald City Rule format. Relying on his extensive experience, he managed to defeat David Weintraub vi triangle in the first round of the 2021 tournament. A glorious win was followed by an upset against Rosenthal when Kenndey Marciel defeated him via rear-naked choke in the quarterfinals. Consequently, he didn’t bring back any medals home, but this epic fight was etched into the memory of all spectators.

2.3. Frank Rosenthal’s Historic Fights

Frank Rosenthal vs Marvin Castille

In 2018, Rosenthal participated in the Onnit Invitational 10. He found himself up against Marvin Castille of 10th Planet Headquarters in a super-fight. Under EBI rules, Rosenthal utilized the back system to his advantage when the match went into overtime. He forced Castille into a submission and won the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage  Div Location
2018 ONNIT INV. 10 Marvin Castille W EBI/OT SPF 70 kg Onnit Gym, Austin, Texas

Frank Rosenthal vs Jay Butler

In 2019, Frank Rosenthal made his debut at the Battle Grapple 4. In a super-fight, he faced Jay Butler and won the fight via rear-naked choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage  Div Location
2019 Battle Grapple 4 Jay Bulter W RNC SPF N/A  UK

2.4. Frank Rosenthal’s BJJ Instructorship

From Tutelage to Instructorship

Rosenthal’s passion and commendable progress at the brown belt level opened new doors for him. He began teaching at the Renzo Gracie Bayside, one of the many affiliate programs of the principal institution (Renzo Gracie Academy). In 2017, he began to head the training sessions and taught all belt levels in Gi and No-Gi. He became an admired instructor before receiving his black belt.

The 50/50 Martial Arts

In October 2021, Rosenthal joined the 50/50 Martial Arts to sharpen his teaching and martial arts skills. Ryan Hall and Adam Benayoun provided much-needed support to help Frank Rosenthal grow. The institution and its students benefited from Rosenthal’s knowledge, analytical instruction, and devotion to jiu-jitsu.

Future Plans

With his acumen and depth of perception, Frank Rosenthal figured out ways that No-Gi jiu-jitsu can evolve. Therefore, Rosenthal continued to hone his No-Gi grappling skills and encouraged his students to do the same.

2.5. Frank Rosenthal’s Championships and Accomplishments


  • ADCC Nationals


  • IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship
  • IBJJF New York Open
  • UWW Asia Open
  • ONNIT Invitational 8
  • RISE Invitational 3
  • RISE Invitational 4
  • Honor Submission Only Championship
  • KASAI Superfight Championship
  • Finishers Submission Only Championship
  • SUG Submission Superfight Championship

Medals/ Records

  • ADCC Nationals
  • IBJJF Pans No-Gi Champion
  • IBJJF New York Open
  • UWW Asia Open
  • ONNIT Invitational 8
  • RISE Invitational 3
  • RISE Invitational 4
  • Honor Submission Only Champion
  • KASAI Superfight Champion
  • Finishers Submission Only Champion
  • SUG Submission Superfight Champion

Year Event Medal
2018 ONNIT Invitational 8 1 Gold Medal
2018 RISE Invitational 4 1 Gold Medal
2018 RISE Invitational 3 1 Gold Medal
2018 UWW Asia Open 1 Silver Medal
2014 ADCC Nationals 1 Gold Medal
2012 IBJJF Pans No-Gi 1 Silver Medal
2011 IBJJF Pans No-Gi 1 Bronze Medal
2011 IBJJF New York Open 1 Silver Medal

3. Frank Rosenthal’s Main Achievements

  • ONNIT Invitational Champion.

Year Weight Class
2018 61 kg

  • One-time RISE Invitational 4 Champion.

Year Weight Class
2018 61 kg

  • One-time RISE Invitational 3 Champion.

Year Weight Class
2018 65 kg

  • One-time Honor Submission Only Champion

Year Weight Class
2021 66 kg

  • One-time ADCC Nationals Champion.

Year Weight Class
2014 65 kg

  • One-time SUG Super fight Winner

Year Weight Class
2020 Absolute

4. Frank Rosenthal’s Main Achievements (Belts)

4.1. Black

Year Event Belt Position
2018 ONNIT Invitational 8 Black 1st
2018 RISE Invitational 4 Black 1st
2018 RISE Invitational 3 Black 1st

4.2. Colored

Year Event Belt Position
2018 UWW Asia Open Brown 2nd
2014 ADCC Nationals Purple 1st
2012 IBJJF Pans No-Gi Purple 2nd
2011 IBJJF New York Open Blue 2nd
2011 IBJJF Pans No-Gi Blue 3rd

5. Frank Rosenthal’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

Professional Jiu-Jitsu Record Breakdown
40 Matches 28 Wins 12 Losses
By Submission 13 4
By Points 6 5
By Decision 0 2
By EBI/OT 9 0
By Advantage 0 1

5.1. Submission Methods W/L

Submission Method 13 Wins 4 Losses
Rear Naked Choke (RNC) 1 2
Armbar 3 0
Inside Heel hook 1 0
Outside heel hook 6 0
Heel hook 1 0
Triangle 1 0
Shoulder lock 0 1
Cross Face 0 1

6. Frank Rosenthal’s BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D  Method Stage Weight Division
2022 Emerald City Ellis Karadag W Outside heel hook SPF 70 kg
2022 Finishers Only John Battle W Inside heel hook F 65 kg
2022 Finishers Only Dave Weintraub W EBI/OT SF 65 kg
2021 ADCC EC Trials Estevan Martinez L Points 3x0 R3 66 kg
2021 ADCC EC Trials Zak Elfernani W Points 2x0 R2 66 kg
2021 Emerald City Kennedy Maciel L RNC 4F 65 kg
2021 Emerald City David Weintraub W Triangle R1 65 kg
2021 Honor SO Alessio Sacchetti W EBI/OT F 66 kg
2021 Honor SO Raphael Federico W Outside heel hook SF 66 kg
2021 American NGN Damion Oranday L Points 0x0 SF 67 kg
2021 American NGN Chance Anthony W N/A 4F 67 kg
2021 Finishers SO Gabriel Tejada W EBI/OT SPF 68 kg
2021 Emerald City Luis Quinones L Shoulder lock SPF N/A
2021 F2W 160 Mauricio Gomez L RNC SPF 70 kg
2020 Egg Guard Inv Sean Ashley W N/A F 66 kg
2020 Egg Guard Inv Sean Ashley W Armbar SF 66 kg
2020 Egg Guard Inv Dylan Garafalo W Points 2x0 4F 66 kg
2020 SUG 17 Phill Shwartz W Armbar SPF ABS
2020 F2W149 Cody Hoffstatter L Referee Decision SPF 70 kg
2020 SUG 17 Brent Smith W Outside heel hook SPF 68 kg
2019 GrappleFest 6 Joao Miyao L Cross face SPF 65 kg
2019 Rise Invitational Carlos Rosado W EBI/OT SPF 65 kg
2019 GrappleFest 5 J.Skinner L Referee Decision SPF 70 kg
2019 Battle Grapple Jay Butler W RNC SPF N/A
2018 Onnit Inv. 10 Marvin Castelle W EBI/OT SPF 70 kg
2018 NoGi Worlds Brandon Walensky L Points 4x2 R1 67 kg
2018 Kasai Pro 4 Augusto Mendes L Points 9x0 3Rd 65 kg
2018 Kasai Pro 4 Geo Martinez W Point 1x0 R3 65 kg
2018 Kasai Pro 4 Paulo Miyao L Points: 10x1 R1 65 kg
2018 Onnit Inv. 9 Ricky Lule W EBI/OT SPF 61 kg
2018 RISE 5 Jimmy Santiago W Outside heel hook SPF N/A
2018 RISE 4 Rey Rey W Heel hook F 61 kg
2018 RISE 4 Christian Medina W Outside heel hook SF 61 kg
2018 RISE 3 Mike Davila W EBI/OT F 65 kg
2018 RISE 3 Julien Banner W EBI/OT SF 65 kg
2018 RISE 3 Nick Manela W Armbar 4F 65 kg
2018 Pilgrim Inv. Chad George W EBI/OT SPF 70 kg
2018 Kasai Pro 2 Zach Maslany W Outside heel hook SPF 70 kg

7. Frank Rosenthal’s Top Fights (Video Links)

Joao Miyao vs Frank Rosenthal

Frank Rosenthal vs Brandon Gutierrez

Frank Rosenthal vs Sop Huh

Jay Butler vs Frank Rosenthal

Photo credit: @frankrosenthal11

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