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Jonathan Satava is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under the legendary Marcelo Garcia, being part of the golden generation of grapplers produced inside Garcia’s New York academy, a team which includes Satava, Dillon Danis, Matheus Diniz, Mansher Khera, Marcos Tinoco and Dominyka Obelenyte. Regarded as one of the top prospects in the 82kg (181lbs) weight class after his wins at the World (No-Gi) and Pan American Championships (Gi + No-Gi) in the lower belt divisions of the sport, Jonathan Satava solidified this claim in his 1st year competing as a black belt, with victories over established names of the grappling world such as Kayron Gracie, Marcelo Mafra and Marcos de Souza to name a few.

Jonathan Satava Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Jonathan T. Satava

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fabio Gurgel >Marcelo Garcia > Jonathan Satava

Main Achievements:

  • World No-Gi Champion (2012 purple, 2014 brown)
  • Pan American Champion (2014 brown)
  • Pan American No-Gi Champion (2012 purple absolute, 2013/2014 brown)
  • New York Spring International Open Champion (2014 brown weight + absolute, 2015)
  • New York Summer International Open Champion (2014 brown, 2015 weight + absolute)
  • New York Summer No-GI International Open Champion (2015)
  • World No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2016/2015)
  • New York International Open Championship 2nd Place (2013 purple)
  • New York Summer International Open 2nd Place (2013 purple)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2012 purple)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2014 brown absolute)
  • Pan American No-Gi Champion 3rd Place (2012 purple, 2015)
  • New York Summer No-GI International Open 3rd Place (2015 absolute)

Favorite Position/Technique: North South Choke

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Jonathan Satava Biography

Jonathan Satava was born in East Patchogue, New York (USA) on September 2, 1989.

While growing up Jonathan became an avid sports fan, gearing particularly towards skateboarding. He also tried to enter the freestyle wrestling world on two occasions, though those would abruptly be put to a stop: On his first attempt Satava made his middle school team, competing on 3 occasions. His run that year would end due to an injury to the shoulder that forced him out for the remainder of the season. In high school Jon returned to practice, but broke his collarbone training before the start of the season. After such unfortunate injuries his family convinced him to end his wrestling aspirations .

Satava returned to grappling at the age of 18, in his freshman year at college for the Stonybrook University – October 2007. The university ran an MMA class in the basement of it’s the racquetball courts, which caught the interest of Jonathan. When he first stepped into the room, he was informed that it was in fact a jiu jitsu club and not a mixed martial arts one. Even though this was not Satava’s first choice, he did the class and enjoyed it, deciding to join the team.

Krishna Mirjah ran the jiu jitsu class, becoming Jonathan’s instructor for a period of 3 years, with his coaching talent becoming a tremendous influence in shaping Jonathan’s own grappling style.

The group ran by Mr Mirjah worked predominantly in a no-gi environment, where Jonathan together with his training partner Eddie Cummings developed their interest for this aspect of jiu jitsu. Cummings, like Satava, would later become a revered figure in the sport.

As a blue belt Jonathan switched camps and started working under Marcelo Garcia‘s supervision, a 5x IBJJF World Champion and 4x ADCC champion. With a similar body type and mobility to that of his instructor and plenty of success on the competitive scene, Satava quickly raised the interest of the general grappling audience as “Marcelo’s jiu jitsu doppelganger”.

5 years into his training under Marcelo Garcia and after one of his best competitive years (2014) when Jonathan conquered important titles such as World No-Gi Champion, Pan American Champion and Pan American No-Gi Champion, Satava was promoted to black belt (Jan. 2015).

His first year as black belt cemented Jonathan Satava as one of the top middleweights in jiu jitsu with strong performances and medals at some of the world’s toughest tournaments such as a 2nd Place at the World No-Gi Championship, 3rd Place at the Pan American No-Gi Champion as well as important gold medals in the IBJJF New York Opens.

Banner photo taken by John Ricard.

Jonathan Satava Grappling Record

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
43
6
#86e620
Armbar
21
3
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
14
2
#d1212a
North South Choke
7
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
7
1
#f58822
Choke from back
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Ankle lock
25
1
#86e620
Armbar
25
1
#5AD3D1
Darce choke
25
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jonathan Satava Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6704Tanner RiceTanner RiceLAdvNY Spring OpenABS1/4F2015
6878Vagner RochaLPointsADCC US Trials77KGSF2015
6879Sergio ArdilaLAnkle lockADCC US Trials77KG3RD2015
6952Javier YamuniLArmbarBoston Spring Open82KG1/4F2015
7114Victor OliveiraLPts: 3x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2015
7328Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0NY No Gi OpenABSSF2015
7706Dan SchonLDarce chokeGT Open82KGSPF2015
7795Marcelo MafraLPts: 4x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
8040DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds82KGF2015
8832Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG1/8F2016
9126Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KG1/8F2016
9512Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2016
9774Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2016
9780Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLN/ANY NoGi OpenABSSF2016
10319Marcelo MafraLGuillotineNoGi Worlds79KGF2016
6695Tyler WarrenWRNCNY Spring Open82KG1/4F2015
6696Kayron GracieKayron GracieWNorth South ChokeNY Spring Open82KGSF2015
6874UnknownWGuillotineADCC US Trials77KG1/8F2015
6876UnknownWGuillotineADCC US Trials77KG1/4F2015
6933Pedro HenriqueWPts: 9x0Boca Raton Open82KGSF2015
7107Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 11x4World Champ.82KGR12015
7207Kyle SandfordWKneebarSub Series Pro82KGSPF2015
7308Sean FischerWPts: 10x0NY Summer Open82KG1/4F2015
7311Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
7312Jordan LutskyWArmbarNY Summer Open88KGSF2015
7317Todd BrandonWRNCNY Summer OpenABS1/4F2015
7319Jordan LutskyWArmbarNY Summer OpenABSSF2015
7322Youngam NohWRNCNY No Gi Open82KFF2015
7327Youngam NohWRNCNY No Gi OpenABS1/4F2015
7714Fernando MoyaWPts: 6x0GT OpenO76KGSF2015
7715Sean RobertsWReferee DecisionGT OpenO76KGF2015
7793Brian BeauryWPts: 15x0NoGi Pan Ams82KG1/4F2015
8029Gabriel ProcópioWPts: 10x2NoGi Worlds82KG1/8F2015
8035Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds82KG1/4F2015
8039Marcelo MafraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
8624Q. RosenzweigWPts: 8x0US National ProABSSF2016
8626Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0US National ProABSF2016
8819Robson SáWChoke from backPan American82KGR12016
8943Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9119William DiasWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR22016
9506Brian BeauryWN/AWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9779Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsNY NoGi OpenABS1/4F2016
10078Daniel DavisWRNCNoGi Pan Ams79KG1/4F2016
10083Sean FisherWRNCNoGi Pan Ams79KGSF2016
10084Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Ams79KGF2016
10105Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10308Christian DellevagWArmbarNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10314Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG1/4F2016
10317Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016

Jonathan Satava vs Kayron Gracie

Jonathan Satava vs Marcos de Souza

Jonathan Satava R1 @ADCC Trials

 

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