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

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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 (2010)
  • 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 Fight Stats

1 by sub
9 by Points (41%)
3 by Advantages (14%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
8 by Submission (36%)
1 by Decision (5%)
1 by Disqualified (5%)
2 by Bow and arrow (25%)
Bow and arrow
3 by Choke from Back (38%)
Choke from Back
2 by Kneebar (25%)
1 by Triangle armbar (13%)
Triangle armbar
7 by Points (50%)
5 by Advantages (36%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
2 by Submission (14.29%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (50%)
1 by Choke (50%)

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1139Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPointsEuropeanU76kgSemi f.2010
1178Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi WorldsU76kgSemi f.2010
1204Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiroU76kgFinal2010
1459Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.U76kgSemi f.2011
1542Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCCU771/4 Finals2011
1682Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European OpenU76kgFinal2012
1817Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100kg1/4 final2012
1869Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.U76kgSemi f.2012
2082Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.U76kg1/4 final2012
2373Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan AmericanU76kgSemi f.2013
2613Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCCU77kgSemi f.2013
2683Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropeanU82kgFinal2014
2778Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan AmericanU76kgSemi f.2014
3039Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.U76kgFinal2014
1341Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.U76kg2nd2011
1355Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.U76kg3rd2011
1433Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.U76kg1/4 Final2011
1510Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCCU77kgRd 12011
1860Ilke BulutWN/AWorld Pro.U76kgRd 12012
1863Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.U76kgRd 22012
2071Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.U76kgRd 22012
2078UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.U76kgRd 32012
2230Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston OpenU70kgSemi f.2012
2231Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston OpenU70kgFinal2012
2234Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2235James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenAbsoluteFinal2012
2366Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan AmericanU76kgRd 22013
2370Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanU76kg1/4 final2013
2615Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWN/AADCCU77kg3/4 Place2013
2654Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsU82kgFinal2013
2770Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan AmericanU76kgRd 12014
2776Sinistro IturraldeWAdvPan AmericanU76kg1/4 final2014
3022L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.U76kgRounds2014
3031Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.U76kgRounds2014
3035Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U76kg1/4 Final2014
3037LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.U76kgSemi f.2014

JT Torres vs Dan Simmler

JT Torres vs Cyborg Abreu

JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett


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