Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

JT Torres, also known as “The Spiderman”, is a gifted Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt with an extensive and impressive list of accomplishments such as his wins at the World and Pan American Nogi Championships at the black belt level. With one of the most fan pleasing games in the world, this American native is part of an exciting generation of  US grapplers that started making their mark in a sport heavily dominated by Brazilians. JT Torres became a household name in BJJ competing for Lloyd Irvin‘s team but chose to abandon the famous coach’s camp after a series of accusations of sexual abuse were brought to light at the start of 2013, since then JT Torres moved to the Atos academy.

JT Torres Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Jonathan Torres

Nickname: JT is short for Jonathan, while ‘Spiderman’ was a name awarded to him because of his grip strength. His grips are so strong that his team mates said it resembles a spider as it ‘webbed up’ it’s victims.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > J. Pereira > L. Dalla > L. Irvin > JT Torres

Main Titles

  • Pan American Nogi Champion (2015, 2010)
  • European Champion (2015)
  • World BJJ Nogi Champion (2013)
  • New York Open Champion (2010)
  • Miami Open Champion (2010)
  • World Silver Medallist (2014)
  • World Nogi Silver Medallist (2009, 2012)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2010)
  • European Open Silver Medallist (2012)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2006 blue, 2007 purple, 2009 black)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2011)
  • World Nogi Bronze Medallist (2010)
  • Pan American Bronze Medallist (2009 brown)

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg-167lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Spider Guard & Armbar

Team/Association: Atos

JT Torres Biography

JT Torres was born on the 2nd of September, 1989 in New York – United States of America. He began training martial arts early in life, achieving a black belt in Karate even before he started High School. Though as he reached a more mature age (early teens) he decided to quit Karate to dedicate himself to other more traditional sports.

He became part of his High school Basketball team, but when he got cut-off he found himself without a physical activity. His father proposed he should go back to Karate, but Jonathan was not keen to return. Instead, he heard his old martial arts school was offering a small Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program. JT had heard of this sport and decided to sign up. It was love at first sight, JT was a “natural” and felt very comfortable with grappling, and he immediately signed up in a BJJ school. He managed to achieve his blue belt in 6 months.

He then moved academies and started practicing under Louis Vintaloro at Performance BJJ with whom he received his purple and brown belts in less then 3 years. He was very successful under Louis Vintaloro winning the Pan American BJJ Open on 2 occasions, but decided to move teams and joined team Lloyd Irvin. He achieved his black belt from Lloyd Irvin in 2009.

In 2013, after a series of scandals at Team Lloyd Irvin regarding the rape of a female team mate by two male TLI competitors as well as allegations that Lloyd Irvin himself had molested one or more female team members, JT Torres and a few other team mates left the TLI camp and moved to Andre Galvao‘s Atos.

JT Torres Grappling Record

36 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from Back
46
6
#86e620
Bow and arrow
15
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
15
2
#d1212a
Armbar
8
1
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
8
1
#f58822
Mata leao
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (39%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
50
1
#86e620
Armbar
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

JT Torres Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1927Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPointsNoGi Worlds76KGF2009
1946Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropean76KGSF2010
2001Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2028Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2165Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPointsPan American76KGSF2011
2383Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
2479Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG1/4F2011
2648Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
2784Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
2836Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
3065Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2012
3251Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
3414Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
3767Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
3943Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
4038Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
4106Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
4358Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
2027Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2147Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASUPERF2010
2265Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2279Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2357Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2011
2447Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGRD12011
2827Ilke BulutWN/AWorld Pro.76KGRD12012
2830Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGRD22012
3054Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGRD22012
3061UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGRD32012
3214Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
3215Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
3218Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
3219James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
3250Dustin AkbariWN/ANoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
3344Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSUPERF2013
3407Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGRD22013
3411Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG1/4F2013
3759Eduardo RiosWMata leaoADCC77KGRD12013
3764Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG1/4F2013
3769Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWN/AADCC77KG3PLC2013
3865Rodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
3867Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
4030Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGRD12014
4036Sinistro IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG1/4F2014
4341L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGRDS2014
4350Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KGRDS2014
4354Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2014
4356LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
4474Tanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
4475Francisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
4692Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSUPERF2014
4926Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGRD22015
4932Eduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG1/4F2015
4936Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
5145Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGRD22015
5148Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG1/4F2015
5153AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015

JT Torres vs Dan Simmler

JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett

 

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