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Mark Staniszewski

Mark Staniszewski

American martial artist
Mark Staniszewski
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Intro American martial artist
Is Athlete Martial artist Judoka
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
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Mark Staniszewski; also known as Mark Stan (born August 1973) is an American born martial artist and the first athlete to win Pan American Championships in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo; and a Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee.

Biography

Staniszewski was born August 19, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York to parents Thaddeus and Joan Staniszewski. He moved at an early age to East Meadow on Long Island, where he was raised alongside his siblings Michael and Jan. Staniszewski was first introduced into the martial arts at the age of 5, studying various styles of karate and Tae Kwon Do under 1988 Olympic coach Y.H. Park. Staniszewski began his grappling career wrestling in Junior High School, going undefeated while in middle school and earning Junior Varsity Championship honors. An All-County wrestler at East Meadow High School, Staniszewski was named co-team captain by Hall of Fame Coach John Hamilton. In addition to wrestling, Staniszewski played varsity football and track and field for the East Meadow High School Jets. Staniszewski went on to wrestle for Cortland State College under Olympic alternate Coach Gene Neiman, earning a starting position as a freshman on the dual meet national team. Staniszewski's wrestling career was cut short due to two separate season ending knee injuries sustained during matches. After surgeries and rehabilitation, Staniszewski returned to competitive sports by securing a starting position as "left prop" for an all-English rugby team while studying abroad at the University of North London, England. Shortly after graduation, Staniszewski discovered the Olympic sport of judo and in 1996, Staniszewski was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by childhood friend UFC veteran Matt Serra. Finding them to be the perfect complement, Staniszewski began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the garage of Serra's family home during the day while practicing his judo at night. Staniszewski has trained and competed in both disciplines for over two decades; and in 2011, he returned to competitive wrestling as well. His innovative and successful style has earned him State, National and World Championship accolades and he is widely regarded as one of the most experienced grapplers in America. National, Pan American and World Championships.

Personal life

Tragedy struck in February 2013, when Staniszewski's 14 month old son Jake was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer (Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma). The judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling communities rallied around the Staniszewski family to lend their support. A series of seminars and events were conducted by elite athletes Joe D"Arce, Alex and Christopher Vamos, Matt Serra, Eddie "The Truck" Gordan, Steven Sciandra, Joe Scarola, Nick Kossor, Tony Sangimino, Brad Bolen, Hannah Martin, Mansher Khera and many more came out to support their friend and colleague. The Staniszewski's fight for Jake took them from the United States to Germany in search of a novel and experimental treatment plan. During this plight, Staniszewski received news of his younger brother Michael's unexpected passing due to a sudden illness. Sadly, on August 4, 2014, less than nine months after his brother's death, Staniszewski's son Jake (age 2), lost his battle with cancer., Jake's Story

The Comeback

Staniszewski returned to teaching martial arts in 2015 and founded the "Team Believe" martial arts academies in his son Jake's name. The Long Island-based schools offer free lifetime classes to any child with cancer or any parents/siblings of a child battling cancer.

Staniszewski also returned to competition in 2015, entering the Police and Fire World Championships. With over 12,000 athletes from 70 different countries, Staniszewski won silver medals in both Judo (IJF rules) and Submission Grappling (IBJJF rules). In Judo, Staniszewski lost a close opening match to defending world champion Askar Zhandarov of Kazakhstan. Staniszewski went on to win his next three matches and defeated David Alexander of Great Britain to earn the silver. In Submission Grappling, Staniszewski avenged his earlier loss to Askar Zhandarov by upsetting the multiple time world champion in a close opening match. Staniszewski (6'0",225-lbs) made it to the finals against 6'5", 301-lb Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Eric Eads. Staniszewski lost to Eads by a two-point decision in the heavyweight match of the tournament.,.

Judo

  • Rank: Yodan (Black Belt 4th degree) under USJF, Kodokan, USA Judo and IJF. .

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Rank: Black Belt (2nd Degree) under 8th Degree Coral Belt Joe Moreira and 9th Degree Red Belt Grandmaster Francisco Mansor. (IBJJF, USBJJF, USFBJJ)

Notable Accomplishments

  • International medalist in Judo, BJJ, Submission Grappling and Greco Roman Wrestling.
  • Ranked on USA Judo's elite top ten point list in 2009 and 2010.
  • Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Most Outstanding Competitor).
  • Defeated Nolan Dutcher by points to win the 2004 North American Grappling Championship (Absolute Division).
  • Defeated Damion Waltermeyer by submission in the finals 2009 NAGA World Championship (Black Belt Division).
  • Defeated #1 ranked Adam Sawyer twice in one day at the 2008 North American Grappling Championship (Expert Division); by Ezekiel choke and collar choke.
  • Defeated top 10 ranked USA Judo heavyweight Darryl Sexton by drop seoi-nage to medal at the 2009 Nationals and World Team Trials.
  • First athlete to win Pan American Championships in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Captain of Team USA at the 2009 World Judo Masters Championships. Led the US to a bronze medal (tied with Russia).
  • The only US athlete to medal in both the Elite and Masters divisions at the 2009 USA Judo Nationals and World Team Trials.
  • Won both the Elite and Masters divisions at the 2009 East Coast Championships.
  • USA Judo's Most Outstanding Masters Athlete for 2010.
  • Most notable technique: sode guruma jime (Ezekiel choke). In 2009, Staniszewski used an ezekiel to defeat Jim Hannan in the finals of the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships; he defeated then undefeated submission grappler Steve Quinn in a charity Heavyweight Championship bout at Fight Club #4; and he defeated Nicholas Gohn by Ezekiel to advance to the medal round at the 2009 USA Judo National Championships and World Team Trials. In 2012, he defeated USA Judo's Ethan Stanley by sode guruma jime at the International Starrett Cup.
  • On Oct. 2, 2009, Staniszewski competed in a charity main event against undefeated 300 lb (140 kg) fighter Steve Quinn. Staniszewski won by submission and raised thousands of dollars for martial arts based charities including: The Blind Judo Foundation, Rusty Kanokogi Memorial Fund, Jeff R. Lorio Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Career highlights

GOLD SILVER BRONZE
2006 Empire State Games (Judo) 2010 Empire State Games (Judo) 2003 Empire State Games (Judo)
2007 Empire State Games (Judo) 2005 Empire State Games (Judo) 2002 Empire State Games (Judo)
2004 NYS BJJ Championships 2004 Empire State Games (Judo) 2001 Empire State Games (Judo)
2009 East Coast Judo Championships 1999 East Coast Judo Championships 2010 East Coast Masters Judo Championships
2009 East Coast Masters Judo Championships 2010 East Coast Judo Championships 2011 East Coast Judo Championships
2012 Hudson Judo Cup 2011 East Coast Masters Judo Championships 2009 Starrett Cup
2012 Starrett Cup - Masters 2012 Starrett Cup 2009 USA Judo National Championships
2010 USA Judo Masters National Championships 2009 USA Judo Masters National Championships 2005 USA Judo Masters National Championships
2008 USA Judo Masters National Championships 2006 USA Judo Masters National Championships (open) 2005 USA Judo Masters National Championships (open)
2008 USA Judo Masters National Championships (open) 2002 Grapplers Quest World Championships 2009 Pan American Judo Masters Championship (Team USA)
2007 USA Judo Masters National Championships 2010 Pan American BJJ Championships (no-gi, absolute) 2012 Western BJJ Championships (absolute)
2007 USA Judo Masters National Championships (open) 2015 World Police/Fire Games (Submission Grappling) 2009 USA Judo World Team Trials
2006 USA Judo Masters National Championships 2015 World Police/Fire Games (Judo) 2009 World Judo Masters Championships (Team USA)
2010 NAGA World Championships (expert) 2009 World Judo Masters Championships
2009 NAGA World Championships (black/brown) 2011 World Police/Fire Games (Greico Roman)
2008 NAGA World Championships (expert)
2006 NAGA World Championships (advanced)
2005 NAGA World Championships (advanced)
2004 North American Grappling Championships (expert)
2002 Grapplers Quest US Nationals
2012 Pan American BJJ Championships (no-gi)
2010 Pan American BJJ Championships (no-gi)
2009 Pan American BJJ Championships (no-gi)
2009 Pan American BJJ Championships (no-gi, absolute)
2008 Pan American BJJ Championships (no-gi)
2008 Pan American BJJ Championships (no-gi, absolute)
2009 Pan American Judo Masters Championships
2009 Pan American BJJ Championships (no-gi, absolute)
2012 Western BJJ Championships
2007 Warrior Challenge MMA Tournament
2009 Fight Club #4
2012 Wrestling Under The Lights

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