A longtime Gracie Barra representative and owner of his own Gracie Barra academy, Sanchez was known as much for his gregarious personality as his impressive competitive accomplishments.
After a colored belt career that saw him winning an IBJJF world championship as a blue belt, Sanchez made his mark on the sport by winning gold in the heavyweight division at the 2015 ADCC World Championships. He would earn second at the 2017 ADCC World Championships, losing on points to legendary competitor Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida in the final.
Sanchez most recently competed at the 2022 ADCC World Championships.
An outspoken advocate for mental health, Sanchez was always open about his own struggles with drugs and addiction. He often credited jiu-jitsu for turning his life around.
Sanchez is survived by his wife and three children, whom he proudly posted about often on his social media.