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 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 (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

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from Back
40
6
#86e620
Bow and arrow
13
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
2
#d1212a
Brabo choke
7
1
#fad11b
Armbar
7
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
7
1
#224aba
Mata leao
7
1
#ff9124
Choke
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (38%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (14%)
  • 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
2019Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPointsNoGi Worlds76KGF2009
2042Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropean76KGSF2010
2095Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 3x0Pan American76KG1/4F2010
2142Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2160Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSRD22010
2187Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2348Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2584Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
2684Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG1/4F2011
2861Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
2999Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
3083Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
3312Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2012
3505Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
3690Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
4057Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
4251Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
4346Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
4419Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
4708Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
6063Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
2094Joao SobrinhoWBrabo chokePan American76KG1/8F2010
2159Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSRD12010
2186Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2310Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2467Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2481Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2558Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2011
2652Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGRD12011
3074Ilke BulutWN/AWorld Pro.76KGRD12012
3077Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGRD22012
3301Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGRD22012
3308UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGRD32012
3463Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
3464Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
3467Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
3468James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
3504Dustin AkbariWN/ANoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
3611Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
3683Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGRD22013
3687Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG1/4F2013
4049Eduardo RiosWMata leaoADCC77KGRD12013
4054Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG1/4F2013
4059Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWN/AADCC77KG3PLC2013
4159Rodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
4161Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
4338Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGRD12014
4344Sinistro IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG1/4F2014
4691L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGRDS2014
4700Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KGRDS2014
4704Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2014
4706LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
4833Tanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
4834Francisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5059Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
5293Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGRD22015
5299Eduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG1/4F2015
5303Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
5512Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGRD22015
5515Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG1/4F2015
5520AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
6055Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG1/8F2015
6059Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2015

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JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett

 

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