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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)
  • 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

30 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from Back
40
4
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Bow and arrow
20
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
20
2
#d1212a
Armbar
10
1
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (41%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

JT Torres Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1626Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPointsNoGi WorldsU76kgFinal2009
1644Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropeanU76kgSemi f.2010
1694Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi WorldsU76kgSemi f.2010
1721Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiroU76kgFinal2010
2065Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.U76kgSemi f.2011
2160Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCCU77kg1/4 Finals2011
2320Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European OpenU76kgFinal2012
2456Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100kg1/4 final2012
2508Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.U76kgSemi f.2012
2734Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.U76kg1/4 final2012
2911Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsU76kgFinal2012
3051Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan AmericanU76kgSemi f.2013
3358Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCCU77kgSemi f.2013
3479Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropeanU82kgFinal2014
3587Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan AmericanU76kgSemi f.2014
3652Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1AbsoluteSemi f.2014
3893Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.U76kgFinal2014
1720Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPointsBrasileiroU76kgSemi f.2010
1833Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio Challengen/aSuperfight2010
1947Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.U76kgRounds2011
1961Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.U76kgRounds2011
2039Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.U76kg1/4 Final2011
2128Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCCU77kgRd 12011
2499Ilke BulutWN/AWorld Pro.U76kgRd 12012
2502Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.U76kgRd 22012
2723Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.U76kgRd 22012
2730UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.U76kgRd 32012
2883Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston OpenU70kgSemi f.2012
2884Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston OpenU70kgFinal2012
2887Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2888James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenAbsoluteFinal2012
2981Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2OpenSuperfight2013
3044Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan AmericanU76kgRd 22013
3048Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanU76kg1/4 final2013
3360Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWN/AADCCU77kg3/4 Place2013
3408Rodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi WorldsU76kgSemi f.2013
3410Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsU76kgFinal2013
3579Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan AmericanU76kgRd 12014
3585Sinistro IturraldeWAdvPan AmericanU76kg1/4 final2014
3876L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.U76kgRounds2014
3885Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.U76kgRounds2014
3889Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U76kg1/4 Final2014
3891LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.U76kgSemi f.2014
4009Tanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.U82kgSemi f.2014
4010Francisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.U82kgFinal2014
4223Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5AbsoluteSuperfight2014
4443Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropeanU82kgRd 22015
4449Eduardo RiosWPts: 14x0EuropeanU82kg1/4 final2015
4453Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0EuropeanU82kgSemi f.2015

JT Torres vs Dan Simmler

JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett

 

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