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Michelle Nicole Dunchus


Full Name Michelle Nicole Dunchus
Nick Name Chell
Class Heavyweight
Weight 175 lbs
Rank Blue Belt
Height 5’9”
Association Triunfo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Her name is Michelle Nicole Dunchus. She is 20 years old and, she is a professional Jiu Jitsu Competitor. She has been training for 2 ½ years out of Triunfo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under professor Felipe Fogolin. She has been active in the competition circuit for over a year now and compete every two weeks in both Gi and No-Gi. Before her found jiu jitsu, she played 13 years of soccer as a goalkeeper in College, High School, Club and AYSO Leagues. She is a competitive, driven, hard-working athlete who stops at nothing to reach her goals. She trains full time now, averaging anywhere from 20-30 hours a week ONLY spent on jiu jitsu. She works part time as a child care provider and some of her hobbies include skateboarding, rollerblading and going to the beach. She dedicated to winning a World Championship and Pan American Championship in both Gi and No-Gi.


White belt, I finished as the top ranked white belt in the Middle Heavy weight class and in open weight for the 2016 JJWL season.
- 2x 2016 Gracie world champion gi and No-Gi.
- 4x 2016 SJJIF world champion gi and No-Gi.
- 4x 2016 NABJJF national champion gi and No-Gi.
- 2x 2016 NABJJF all American champion gi.
- 2x 2016 JJWL world champion gi.
- 2016 Copa Pacifica champion gi.
Blue belt, IBJJF Long Beach Open Gi champion.
- Jjwl world champion 2017
- 4x 13th Annual nabjjf champion gi and nogi
- Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles Champion
- 4x NABJJF All American Champion Gi and No-Gi.
- SoCal Spring Gi Champion.
- ADCC West Coast Trials 3rd place.
- 2x Copa Pacifica Champion.
Blue Belt Kumite Champion.
- 2x Los Angeles International Open champion Gi and No-Gi.
- 2x Los Angeles International Open 2nd place Gi and No-Gi.
- 2x IBJJF American National Champion.
Gi and No-Gi.
- 2x IBJJF NoGi World Champion
- 2x IBJJF New York Summer Open Champion Gi and No-Gi.
- IBJJF New York Summer Open 2nd place No-Gi.
- 4x 2017 SJJIF World Jiu Jitsu Champion Gi and NoGi

Q&A Session Between Michelle Nicole Dunchus and Elite Sports

Question: What inspires you about BJJ?

Answer: The constant self-improvement is what inspires me the most about jiu jitsu. For me, I compete to test myself and to find the holes within my game. Win or lose, I am back in the gym the next day figuring out what I can improve on, what I did well and how I can combine my fixed mistakes and my go-to moves to create the all-around perfect game plan.

Question: What are your goals for this year? And Next 3 to 5 years?

Answer: For this year, my goal is to simply compete in as many competitions as possible. I have my eye set on winning Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and Trials, as well as IBJJF NoGi Worlds. The next 3 years I want to win Pan Ams and the Worlds and focus on getting my purple belt. Within the next 5 years I can see myself being a high level brown belt and running a kid’s program.

Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?

Answer: My professor Felipe Fogolin is my one of my biggest inspirations! A high-level judo black belt from Brazil, multiple time IBJJF World/ European Champion, Fight to Win Pro Champion and 2x EBI veteran- Felipe is the greatest example of hard work and dedication. He is so passionate in everything he does and is the reason I found jiu jitsu in the first place.

Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?

Answer: The major accomplishments I have achieved since getting my blue belt in December of 2016 was winning The Blue Belt Kumite and placing 3rd at the ADCC West Coast Trials. I am also most recently a 2x IBJJF American National Champion Gi and No-Gi and a 2x IBJJF New York Summer Open Champion Gi and No-Gi.

Question: How long have you been training?

Answer: I have been training for 2 ½ years and have been on the competition circuit for a year and a half.

Question: How often do you train?

Answer: I train full time now- 3 to 4 times per day, 7 days a week. I train in the Gi every single day and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays I train No-Gi. For cardio I enjoy skateboarding and rollerblading.

Question: What are the essential things for the training?

Answer: Work on your mistakes, more time you spent on overcoming it, more you can improve your skills

Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?


Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in BJJ?

Answer: Hard work and dedication- with those two things you can become a champion in anything you set your mind to.

Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?

Answer: One thing you will always find in my gym bags in a Gi (because it's important to train in the Gi EVERYDAY) and my huge Hydroflask water bottle. Spats and a Rashguard always a must have, along with my SISU mouth guard and my monkeytape finger tape.