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Aaron Johnson

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Instructional by Rafael Lovato Junior

Aaron Johnson, commonly known as “Tex” Johnson, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Philip Smith and Murilo Santana, being one of the top representatives of the Unity Jiu-Jitsu Academy of New York City. An International Brazilian jiu-jitsu Federation (IBJJF) 3x Pan American No-Gi Champion, Johnson is known for his agressive and submission oriented style with which he submitted some of the sport’s biggest stars, names such as Davi Ramos and Jackson Sousa. Tex is also a former professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter holding the record for fastest submission inside the famous Bellator MMA promotion cage (15 seconds).

Aaron Johnson Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Aaron Michael Johnson

Nickname: Aaron is often referenced by the name of “Tex”, this byname is correlated with Johnson’s early days playing football for his high school in Georgia, US. Johnson had moved from Texas to GA at the time and for that reason he was called “Texas”. A label later shortened to Tex.

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (senior) > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré) > Roberto Traven > Philip Smith > Aaron Johnson

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (senior) > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Mário Yamasaki > Murilo Santana > Aaron Johnson

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC East Coast US Trials (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2016/2017/2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2017/2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring No-Gi Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open (2017/2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open NoGi (2017**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2019)
  • 2nd Place Kasai Pro 5 HW Grand Prix (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Boston Spring Open (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF New York Spring Open NoGi (2017*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open (2016)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Straight ankle lock

Weight Division: Super Pesado (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Unity JJ

Aaron Johnson Biography

Aaron Michael Johnson was born on April 01, 1986 in Bedford, a city located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States of America. Aaron’s father was in the military, and for that reason, Johnson moved regularly and lived across the country.

The interest for martial arts was strongly embedded in Jonhson’s family, and it was with his family members that Aaron started practicing tae kwon do as a child. During his teenage years ‘Tex’ joined his high school’s football program, a sport he played for four years. He would later add wrestling to his weekly activities, competing for Douglasville High School GA for one year, as a heavyweight.

After his 21st birthday, Tex Johnson decided to give kickboxing a try, joining muay Thai shortly after. Aaron went on to compete in a few unsanctioned amateur fights (smoker tournaments), conquering a flawless win streak of TKO/KO’s along the way.

The desire to compete in combat sports led Tex to raise the bar and aim for a career in mixed martial arts, giving start to his preparation in 2008 at the Knuckleup Fitness gym. With little experience in grappling, one of the main combat disciplines for a cage fighter, Johnson would later choose to add jiu-jitsu to his training schedule with coach Steve Headden.

The Hadden + Johnson partnership stood for a few years, even though Aaron trained with other jiu-jitsu coaches such as Rigan Machado and Jimmy Long during this period. His quest for the best training available would later drive Tex to Atlanta, GA, where he worked with academies such as American Top Team (ATT) and Brian Stann’s Warrior Legion. It was also in Atlanta that Johnson joined the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Headquarters, being already a brown belt at the time.

At Alliance, Tex Johnson’s training was guided by the team leader/founder Romero Cavalcanti, as well as world champions Leonardo Nogueira and Lucas Lepri. This was also a time when Aaron started gaining more interest in BJJ’s competitive scene. In 2014 Lepri made the move to Charlotte, opening his own gym there. Being a fan of Lucas’ coaching style, Johnson followed suit and remained under the lightweight legend’s guidance, moving to the North Carolina city for that purpose.

Unfortunately for Tex, things did not run smoothly in Charlotte, and shortly after the move, he was asked to leave the team by coach Lepri. When inquired about the reasons behind the request, Johnson said “Lucas gave me two reasons for being kicked out. The first was because I was teaching jiu-jitsu down the road at a UFC Gym. Before I moved there I had told him I’d be working there and he said it was ok… (…) The second reason was that I was too aggressive during rolling” (BJJ Heroes, 10/2018).

After the Lucas Lepri ordeal, Aaron started actively looking for a team to train with. This was when his good friend and training partner Phil Smith decided to promote Johnson to black belt, a promotion that took place on April 26, 2015. Shortly after Tex did a competition camp, at Unity Jiu-Jitsu in New York City ahead of the NYC International Open. There he met coach Murilo Santana, who received Johnson with open arms and confirmed Aaron’s black belt rank.

After a successful run at the aforementioned NYC Open, Aaron chose to remain in New York to train full time with the Unity Team.

Aaron Johnson Grappling Record

65 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (66%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (5%)

43 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
33
14
#86e620
Kneebar
12
5
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
7
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
3
#fad11b
Submission
5
2
#f58822
Armbar
5
2
#224aba
Inside heel hook
5
2
#ff9124
Heel hook
5
2
#bf1f6c
Flying armbar
2
1
#22c9a5
Calf slicer
2
1
#fad223
Footlock
2
1
#03861f
Reverse triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Triangle armbar
2
1
#03b41f
Triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Mounted choke
2
1
#03d61f
Armlock
2
1
#03f61f
Kimura
2
1
#82ff5f
Straignt ankle lock
2
1
43
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
53 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (4%)

21 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle armbar
14
3
#86e620
Inside heel hook
14
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
14
3
#d1212a
Choke
10
2
#fad11b
Cross choke
5
1
#f58822
Triangle
5
1
#224aba
Choke from back
5
1
#ff9124
Arm in guillotine
5
1
#bf1f6c
Botinha
5
1
#22c9a5
Brabo choke
5
1
#fad223
Calf slicer
5
1
#03861f
Reverse triangle
5
1
#039a1f
Katagatame
5
1
#03b41f
Heel hook
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Aaron Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7644Quentin RosensweigLInside heel hookKakuto 5ABSSPF2015
8162Neiman GracieLRNCNoGi Pan Ams94KGSF2015
8757Richie MartinezRichie MartinezLHeel hookKakuto ChallengeABSSF2015
9031Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2016
9081Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro94KGSF2016
9087Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeUAEJJF NYC ProHWABS4F2016
9343Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChokePan AmericanABSR22016
9468Joao SoaresLTriangleBoston Spring O.100KGF2016
10054Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10087Joao RochaJoao RochaLChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10241Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPointsNY Summer OpenABS4F2016
10456Mike HillebrandLInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10651Dillon DanisDillon DanisLArm in guillotineNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10910Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 19x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2016
11622Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsUAEJJF Orlando110KGF2017
11638Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 10x0Atlanta W. OpenABSSF2017
11887Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPointsUAEJJF NY ProU110KG4F2017
11941Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12164Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12356Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsNY Spring No-GiABSF2017
12954Joao RochaJoao RochaLBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13123Leandro LoLeandro LoLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13354Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLCalf slicerNY S. No-Gi OpenO97KGF2017
13362DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsNY S. No-Gi OpenABSSF2017
13573Gordon RyanGordon RyanLReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
14466Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14628Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2017
14640Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14888Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 0x0, AdvUS National Pro110KGSF2018
15115Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15207Tanner RiceTanner RiceLDQMarianas El PasoO85KGF2018
15336Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
16206Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLTriangle armbarF2W Pro 7393KGSPF2018
16254Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x2ACB North America95KG4F2018
16267Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
17252Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17259Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLDQNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
18512Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsO97KG4F2018
18535Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSR32018
18682Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 34x0Coast GrapplingABSSPF2019
19424Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 15x0Pan American94KG4F2019
19574Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x1Kasai 593KGF2019
20452Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR22019
20717Craig JonesCraig JonesLRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20990Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 119100KGSPF2019
21325Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2019
21527James PuopoloJames PuopoloLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
21605Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2019
22133Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTKOTM 7ABSF2019
22162Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSSF2019
22425Victor HugoVictor HugoLTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12019
22510Freddy VosgroneLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds97KG4F2019
22979Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameSub StarsN/ASPF2020
7645Vitor SchlosserWToe holdNY Summer Open94KGSF2015
7646Ricardo BastosWStraight ankle lockNY Summer Open94KGF2015
8829Joseph CashinWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSSF2016
8830Gordon RyanGordon RyanWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
9080Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9467Lincoln PereiraWChoke from backBoston Spring O.100KGSF2016
10041Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12016
10645Leo DavilaWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan AmsO97KGF2016
10648Samir AbdolkaderWFlying armbarNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2016
10909Eliot MarshallEliot MarshallWToe holdNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2016
11880Shaun DufreeWToe holdUAEJJF NY Pro110KGSF2017
11940William NymanWSubmissionLA National ProU110KGSF2017
12339Daniel RichardsWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGSF2017
12340Christian SimmerlingWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGF2017
12354Joao PauloWPointsNY Spring No-GiABSSF2017
13115Josh BowlinWPts: 7x6World Champ.94KGR12017
13173Kaliffa OlivieraWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 3694KGSPF2017
13478Kory AcchioneWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 43N/ASPF2017
13909Leo DavillaWArmbarAtlanta SM NGO97KGF2017
13910Taniel SantosWStraight ankle lockAtlanta SM NGOABSF2017
13948Oleksandr KarliychukWStraight ankle lockNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2017
13950Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2017
14458Matt KirchwhemWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSR12017
14463A. KimlerWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14625Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2017
14890Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backUS National Pro110KG3RD2018
14955Gilvan CostaWStraight ankle lockAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2018
14956Inacio NetoInacio NetoWKneebarAtlanta W. Open94KGF2018
15113Kenneth BrownWPts: 4x2Continental Pro110KGRR2018
15206Frisco DeLeonWAdvMarianas El PasoO85KGSF2018
15243Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWCalf slicerPan AmericanABSR12018
15251Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15332Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockPan American94KG8F2018
15869Thiago JiulianiWPointsNY Spring Open100KGSF2018
15870Nicholas PenzerWStraight ankle lockNY Spring Open100KGF2018
17317Roberto TorralbasWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17318Jackson SousaJackson SousaWFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17892Tom deBlassTom deBlassWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 91ABSSPF2018
17991Riley MccormickWReverse triangleADCC EC TrialsO99KGR12018
17992JeQuan WilliamsonWTriangle armbarADCC EC TrialsO99KG4F2018
17993Andrew TevayWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGSF2018
17994Hudson TaylorWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGF2018
18242Kevin GallagerWPointsGamblers Inv.ABSSPF2018
18509Satoshi IshiiWTriangleNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18519Ben HodgkinsonWStraight ankle lockNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18534David GarmoDavid GarmoWPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSR22018
18826Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas94KGSPF2019
19136Gustavo AndradeWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSSF2019
19138Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSF2019
19185Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWStraight ankle lockSubSpectrumABSSPF2019
19422M SturuaWChoke from backPan American94KG8F2019
19562Jackson SousaJackson SousaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19563Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19565Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
20445Lucasz GustawWMounted chokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
21323Paulo BrasilWSubmissionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2019
21334Briean BeauryWArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21338Todd MueckenheimWKimuraNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
21598Jon BlankJon BlankWStraight ankle lockADCCABSR12019
22124Viktor VaughnWHeel hookKOTM 7ABSR12019
22128Guybson SaGuybson SaWHeel hookKOTM 7ABS4F2019
22132Quentin RosenzweigWKneebarKOTM 7ABSSF2019
22151K. KirkorianWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSR12019
22156William VincentWStraignt ankle lockBJJ FanaticsABSR22019
22160W. TackettWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABS4F2019
22972Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWStraight ankle lockMiami WOABSSF2020

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