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 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 webs up it’s victims.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leo Dalla > Lloyd Irvin > Jonathan 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)
  • 3x 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 vs Dan Simmler

JT Torres vs Cyborg Abreu

JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett

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