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 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)
  • 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

23 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from Back
38
3
#86e620
Bow and arrow
25
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
25
2
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (33%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
50
1
#86e620
Armbar
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

JT Torres Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1396Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPointsEuropeanU76kgSemi f.2010
1435Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi WorldsU76kgSemi f.2010
1462Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiroU76kgFinal2010
1742Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.U76kgSemi f.2011
1830Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCCU771/4 Finals2011
1972Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European OpenU76kgFinal2012
2107Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100kg1/4 final2012
2159Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.U76kgSemi f.2012
2372Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.U76kg1/4 final2012
2655Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan AmericanU76kgSemi f.2013
2911Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCCU77kgSemi f.2013
2981Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropeanU82kgFinal2014
3088Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan AmericanU76kgSemi f.2014
3153Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1AbsoluteSemi f.2014
3376Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.U76kgFinal2014
1461Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPointsBrasileiroU76kgSemi f.2010
1624Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.U76kgRounds2011
1638Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.U76kgRounds2011
1716Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.U76kg1/4 Final2011
1798Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCCU77kgRd 12011
2150Ilke BulutWN/AWorld Pro.U76kgRd 12012
2153Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.U76kgRd 22012
2361Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.U76kgRd 22012
2368UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.U76kgRd 32012
2521Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston OpenU70kgSemi f.2012
2522Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston OpenU70kgFinal2012
2525Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2526James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenAbsoluteFinal2012
2585Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2OpenSuperfight2013
2648Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan AmericanU76kgRd 22013
2652Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanU76kg1/4 final2013
2913Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWN/AADCCU77kg3/4 Place2013
2952Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsU82kgFinal2013
3080Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan AmericanU76kgRd 12014
3086Sinistro IturraldeWAdvPan AmericanU76kg1/4 final2014
3359L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.U76kgRounds2014
3368Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.U76kgRounds2014
3372Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U76kg1/4 Final2014
3374LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.U76kgSemi f.2014

JT Torres vs Dan Simmler

JT Torres vs Cyborg Abreu

JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett

 

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