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Who is Dima Murovanni? Jiu Jitsu's Hottest New Coach

Dima Murovanni is a name that's quickly becoming synonymous with innovation in the Jiu-Jitsu world.

You've probably seen him all over social media coaching B-Team athletes for their ADCC and CJI camps.

But who is Dima and how did he position himself as head coach for some of the best Jiu Jitsu athletes in the world? Let's dive in.

Dima Murovanni's Jiu Jitsu Experience

Dima is from Germany and is currently 31 years old. He started training Jiu Jitsu at age 24. Relatively recently, all things considered! In fact, his Smoothcomp profile (which certainly could be out of date) shows he's only a blue belt.

Dima's initial goal was to become a world champion, but a series of serious injuries derailed his competitive aspirations. Notably, he talks about how a brown belt caught him in an electric chair submission. He didn't really understand the submission so he didn't tap to it, and in the process horribly wrecked his knee.

With the realization that he probably wasn't going to be able to reach the tops of the Jiu Jitsu athlete rankings, Dima decided to direct his focus toward coaching.

Dima Murovanni the Jiu Jitsu Coach

As a coach, Dima's most successful initial athletes were Jozef Chen and Linus von Schrenk. In particular, Jozef Chen's incredible run to win ADCC Trials helped put Dima on the map and land him the presitigious coaching role he now holds at B-Team (one of the best Jiu Jitsu gyms in Austin, TX).

At B-Team, Dima is leading a 9-week camp to help athletes prepare for the biggest Jiu Jitsu tournaments of 2024: ADCC and CJI.

B-Team Jiu-Jitsu competitors have praised Dima's transformative coaching style, noting how his presence has elevated their training to new heights.

Dima Murovanni's Competition Record

As we discussed before, Dima retired from competitive Jiu Jitsu after a series of unfortunate injuries.

There isn't a ton of information available on his competition results online, but he does have a few public wins. Notably, they are in the gi! Despite most of his fame these days coming from his coaching of no-gi athletes.

The most recent video we could find of Dima competing was from August 2023's "Finishers Summer Bash 2" where he lost to Evan Leve via heel hook.

Regardless, it's clear that Dima holds the respect of the best athletes in Jiu Jitsu. So his game must be exceptional and I'm sure he would be able to hold his own against anyone but the toughest competitors.

His Role as Head Coach at BJJ Akademie

At BJJ Akademie in Berlin, Dima Murovanni serves as head coach. The most impressive thing he's done in our eyes is turn athletes into elite competitors SO quickly.

His two proteges - Jozef and Linus - went from novice white belts to the top of the food chain incredibly quickly. It's clear however Dima is structuring their training... it's effective!

Dima's Coaching Strategies for Competition

Murovanni’s genius shines in adapting strategies for specific competitions and opponents.

Each training camp is customized based on the upcoming event's rules and the competitors' strengths and weaknesses. This is particularly important for an event like CJI with a unique ruleset, or when his athletes are competing against foes who are particularly adept (or weak) at wrestling on the feet.

Murovanni pays close attention to the psychological aspect of competitive Jiu Jitsu, preparing his athletes to remain calm and focused under pressure.

He often reminds his students to "maintain the Black Belt mindset of always being a White Belt." Much emphasis is placed on this mindset of staying humble and always being open to learning.

To learn more about Dima, we highly recommend checking out this interview with him from the Simple Man podcast: