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 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

52 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
38
8
#86e620
Bow and arrow
19
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
10
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
2
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
5
1
#f58822
Mata leao
5
1
#224aba
Choke
5
1
#ff9124
Triangle/kimura
5
1
#bf1f6c
Brabo choke
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (33%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (13%)
  • 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
2189Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2009
2237Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropean76KGSF2010
2290Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 3x0Pan American76KG1/4F2010
2337Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2354Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22010
2381Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2554Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2617Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGSF2011
2627Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KG1/4F2011
2807Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
2910Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG1/4F2011
3073Leandro LoLeandro LoDPts: 2x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3078Ed RamosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3133Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
3271Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
3393Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
3623Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2012
3831Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4091Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
4472Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
4684Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
4777Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
4871Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5169Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
6591Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
1893Dan CherubinWPointsTokyo InternationalABSN/A2009
1894Renan BorgesWBow and arrowPGC Superfight76KGSPF2009
2186Patrick HeadWTriangle/kimuraNoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2009
2187Phillipe MonicaWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2009
2215Marcos TorregrosaMarcos TorregrosaWChoke from backAmerican Nat.76KGSF2009
2217Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWN/AAmerican Nat.76KGF2009
2289Joao SobrinhoWBrabo chokePan American76KG1/8F2010
2353Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR12010
2380Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2504Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2616Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 2x0World P. NoGi74KG1/4F2011
2690Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2704Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2781Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2011
2878Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12011
3082Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3085Moacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3130Tiago RochaWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open76KG1/4F2012
3131Ed RamosWBow and arrowEuropean Open76KGSF2012
3384Ilke BulutWN/AWorld Pro.76KGR12012
3387Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
3612Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGR22012
3619UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR32012
3775Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
3776Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
3779Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
3780James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
3827Marcelo M.WArmbarNoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2012
3829Dustin AkbariWDQNoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
3998Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4084Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGR22013
4088Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG1/4F2013
4464Eduardo RiosWMata leaoADCC77KGR12013
4469Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG1/4F2013
4474Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWN/AADCC77KG3PLC2013
4575Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
4577Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
4769Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGR12014
4775Sinistro IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG1/4F2014
5152L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGRDS2014
5161Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KGRDS2014
5165Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2014
5167Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
5302Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5303Francisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5543Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
5799Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGR22015
5805Eduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG1/4F2015
5809Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
6021Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22015
6024Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG1/4F2015
6029AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
6583Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG1/8F2015
6587Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2015

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