Ricky Lundell, a Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) 4th Degree Black Belt under Pedro Sauer (8th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coral Belt under legendary Grand Master Helio Gracie and Master Rickson Gracie), earned his black belt by age 19, the youngest North American to receive the black belt rank.
Ricky won the U.S. Open Championship in Jiu-Jitsu (145 lbs/66 kg) in 2004 & 2005. In 2006, he was the Black Belt Gi Gracie Jiu-Jitsu World Champion (145 lbs/66 kg) and won Bronze in the Black Belt Gi Open Division (all weight categories). In 2007, Ricky was the National Grappling Champion (154 lbs/70 kg), U.S.A. World Team Trial’s Champion, FILA World Champion (Antalya, Turkey), Captain of Team U.S.A. and voted Most Outstanding Grappler of the Year. In 2008, Ricky was Captain of Team U.S.A., Most Outstanding Grappler of the Year U.S.A., FILA Grappling Olympic Year Gold Medalist (154 lbs/70 kg), and Pankration World Champion (148 lbs/67 kg). In 2010, Ricky became Pankration World Champion (148 lbs/67kg) as well as the Absolute Division Pankration World Champion, submitting heavy weight Black Belt, Brandon Ruiz, the former King of Pankration and FILA Heavy Weight World Champion, out weighing Ricky by 110 lbs/50 kg.
Entering Utah Valley University at age 15, Ricky graduated with an Associate of Science, the same year as his high school graduation. Recruited his senior year, by coaches Cael Sanderson (Olympic Gold with 4X D1 NCAA National Championships, undefeated NCAA record of 159-0), Cody Sanderson (2X D1 NCAA Finalist/4X All American), and Casey Cunningham (D1 National Champion) to wrestle for Iowa State University (ISU), Ricky was the first Division 1 Wrestler to be recruited having only Jiu-Jitsu/submission grappling competition experience. At ISU, he lettered in wrestling, winning the U.S.A. World Team Trials where he was awarded the most Outstanding Grappler Award and won the FILA World Grappling Championship; the famous Cyclones won the Big 12 Championship and took second place at the D1 NCAA National Wrestling Championships.
Ricky holds notable wins over several world champions including Nicolas Renier, Tom Lecuyer, Alberto Crane, and Jeff Glover.
Today, Ricky is a prominent coach, trainer, and motivational speaker, currently serving as head coach of national powerhouse for athletics, Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Lundell is also a strategy coach and head trainer for MMA at the University of Grappling.
Providing one of a kind speaking events and coaching seminars, Ricky shares the secrets of immediate and lasting improvement by internalizing the 1% Better Every Day™ philosophy.