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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 sport, 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 academy but chose to leave the Maryland team in 2013 after a series of sexual abuse accusations were brought to light regarding some of his training partners and coach. Since then JT Torres moved to the Atos academy, where he experienced his best sporting period.

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 Champion (2015)
  • 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 (2016, 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 grappling, having almost immediately signed up to a jiu jitsu school. His talent was on show from the get go, managing to achieve his blue belt in only 6 months.

Torres then moved academies and started practicing under Louis Vintaloro at Performance BJJ in New Jersey, with whom he received his purple and brown belts in less then 3 years. He was very successful under Vintaloro winning the Pan American Championship on 2 occasions, but decided to switch to a more professional team, joining Lloyd Irvin in Maryland. 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 Academy in San Diego, California.

JT Torres Grappling Record

61 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (3%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
36
9
#86e620
Bow and arrow
16
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
8
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
2
#fad11b
Submission
8
2
#f58822
Triangle armbar
4
1
#224aba
RNC
4
1
#ff9124
Choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Americana
4
1
#22c9a5
Triangle/kimura
4
1
#fad223
Brabo choke
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (35%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
1
#86e620
Choke
33
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

JT Torres Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2350Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2009
2412Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropean76KGSF2010
2465Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 3x0Pan American76KG1/4F2010
2528Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2547Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22010
2574Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2770Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2833Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGSF2011
2843Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KG1/4F2011
3023Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
3126Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG1/4F2011
3289Leandro LoLeandro LoDPts: 2x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3294Ed RamosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3350Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
3494Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
3620Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
3854Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2012
4062Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4343Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
4754Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
4975Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
5072Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
5167Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5477Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
6976Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
8660Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American82KGSF2016
9306Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
2035Dan CherubinWPointsTokyo InternationalABSN/A2009
2036Renan BorgesWBow and arrowPGC Superfight76KGSPF2009
2347Patrick HeadWTriangle/kimuraNoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2009
2348Phillipe MonicaWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2009
2378Marcos TorregrosaMarcos TorregrosaWChoke from backAmerican Nat.76KGSF2009
2380Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWN/AAmerican Nat.76KGF2009
2464Joao SobrinhoWBrabo chokePan American76KG1/8F2010
2523Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWN/AMiami Open76KGF2010
2546Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR12010
2573Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2705Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2832Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 2x0World P. NoGi74KG1/4F2011
2906Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2920Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2997Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2011
3094Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12011
3298Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3301Moacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3347Tiago RochaWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open76KG1/4F2012
3348Ed RamosWBow and arrowEuropean Open76KGSF2012
3611Ilke BulutWN/AWorld Pro.76KGR12012
3614Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
3843Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGR22012
3850UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR32012
4006Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
4007Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
4010Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
4011James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
4058Marcelo M.WArmbarNoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2012
4060Dustin AkbariWDQNoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4249Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4336Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGR22013
4340Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG1/4F2013
4746Eduardo RiosWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4751Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG1/4F2013
4756Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWN/AADCC77KG3PLC2013
4856Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
4858Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
4974Leo IturraldeWN/AEuropean82KGSF2014
5064Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGR12014
5070Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG1/4F2014
5460L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5469Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KG1/8F2014
5473Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2014
5475Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
5616Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5617Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5865Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6154Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGR22015
6160Eduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG1/4F2015
6164Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
6378Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22015
6381Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG1/4F2015
6386AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
6968Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG1/8F2015
6972Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2015
8451Javier YamuniWSubmissionHouston Open82KGSF2016
8453Kenneth PrimolaWSubmissionHouston Open82KGF2016
8646Josh GuzmanWAmericanaPan American82KGR12016
8653Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 6x4Pan American82KG1/8F2016
8658Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 10x0Pan American82KG1/4F2016
9296Lachlan GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9304Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2016

JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett

 

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