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Garry Tonon

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Heel Hook Instructional by John Danaher

Garry Tonon is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Tom deBlass and Ricardo Almeida, having earned important medals for his team (Renzo Gracie Academy – NJ/Ocean County), including titles at the IBJJF World and Pan American Championships. Known as a No-Gi specialist, Tonon earned his reputation through various accomplishments in prestigious grappling events, particularly in the submission-only format such as Metamoris, Polaris and Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI). Garry Tonon also worked extensively with coach John Danaher at RGA – NYC, having shifted his focus to mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2018.

Garry Tonon Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Garry Tonon

Nickname: “Lion Killer”.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Renzo Gracie > Ricardo Almeida (> Tom deBlass) > Garry Tonon

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2015)
  • 1st Place EBI WW Invitational (2014/2015)
  • 1st Place EBI LW Invitational (2015)
  • 1st Place EBI LHW Invitational (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2015*)
  • 3rd Place ADCC World Championship (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2014*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2011/2012 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2008 juvenile blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2010* purple, 2011/2012** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2010 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2011* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2011* brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: RNC and Inside Heel Hook

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76.2kg/168lbs)

Team/Association: Renzo Gracie Academy

Garry Tonon Biography

Garry Tonon was born on the 12th of September, 1991 in New Jersey – USA, where he initiated his grappling career during 5th grade. Wrestling being the sport he followed and competed in for 5 years, from 5th to 9th grade.

At the age of 14, one of Garry’s close friends took him to a local jiu-jitsu tournament. He became increasingly interested in the sport and decided to start attending jiu-jitsu classes at his friend’s gym. The academy was geared up for mixed martial arts (MMA), having just three grappling classes per week. Although Tonon enjoyed the training, he wanted to focus on the sporting facet of BJJ and ended up leaving after 6 months.

A few weeks later leaving the MMA gym, Garry found a leaflet for the Ocean County Jiu-Jitsu academy. OCBJJ was located near his New Jersey home, making perfect sense to pick up where he had left off. The school had just opened its doors, but Tonon fell instantly in love with the methodology of coach Tom deBlass, becoming a very devoted student while taking 2 classes per day on a regular basis.

After one year working his grappling solely at Ocean County, Tom deBlass started bringing Tonon with him to Ricardo Almeida‘s training sessions (deBlass’ coach) once per week. This symbiosis between Ocean County and Almeida’s academies paid dividends with Tonon earning his first international title at the 2008 World Championships, in the Blue Belt Juvenile Division.

While juggling between his Exercise Science course at Rutgers University and maintaining a high-level jiu-jitsu career in his late teens, Tonon earned important titles, particularly in No-Gi competitions.

Tonon maintained a solid gi focused training for the first 5 years of his grappling career, though his competitive success drove him towards no-gi. After seeing the success of Eddie Cummings in competition he sought John Danaher (Cummings’ coach) to specialize in this facet of grappling, in New York – where he gained an interest in heel hooks and lower limb attacks, this way starting the “Danaher Death Squad”. A name that started circulating thanks to Tonon and Cummings’ success in the sub only circuit.

In mid-September, 2013 long-time coaches Tom deBlass and Ricardo Almeida awarded Tonon his black belt in jiu-jitsu.

Cover photo by Hywel Teague of BJJ Hacks.

Garry Tonon Grappling Escapes

Garry Tonon MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 1.11

OVERALL CONQUERED

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OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Lance Glynn W 1 0 1 EBI 4F 2014
Javier Valenciano W 1 0 0 EBI RR 2014
PJ Lindner W 2 0 1 EBI RR 2014
Richie Martinez W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2014
Dillon Danis W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2015
Lachlan Giles W 2 0 0 EBI RR 2015
Stephen Martinez W 0 0 2 EBI RR 2015
Josh Valles W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2015
Masakazu Imanari W 0 1 0 Polaris RR 2015
Rafael Domingos W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2015
Josh Hinger W 0 3 1 EBI RR 2015
Eddie Cummings W 1 0 0 EBI RR 2015
Felipe Fogolin W 0 1 0 EBI 4F 2016
Gilbert Burns W 0 2 0 World RR 2016
Rousimar Palhares W 0 3 0 Polaris RR 2016
Yuri Simoes L 0 0 1 EBI 4F 2016
Gianni Grippo L 0 2 0 Kasai 3RD 2017
Felipe Cesar W 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2017
Dillon Danis W 0 2 0 Polaris RR 2017
AJ Agazarm W 0 1 0 Kasai RR 2017
Gordon Ryan L 0 0 1 ADCC 4F 2019
Dante Leon W 0 0 1 ADCC 3RD 2019
Edwin Najmi W 1 0 1 ADCC RR 2019
Mateusz Garmot W 2 0 0 ADCC RR 2019

Garry Tonon Grappling Record

71 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (8%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    49 (69%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (3%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (6%)

49 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
37
18
#86e620
Heel hook
16
8
#5AD3D1
RNC
12
6
#d1212a
Guillotine
8
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
6
3
#f58822
Triangle
4
2
#224aba
Armbar
4
2
#ff9124
Kimura
2
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
2
1
#22c9a5
Darce choke
2
1
#fad223
Calf slicer
2
1
#03861f
Bulldog choke
2
1
#039a1f
Outside heel hook
2
1
49
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (68%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (16%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
25
1
#86e620
Wristlock
25
1
#5AD3D1
Flying triangle
25
1
#d1212a
Choke
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Garry Tonon Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4990Kron GracieKron GracieLRNCADCC77KG4F2013
5046Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSR12013
5049Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsADCCABS4F2013
5169Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5173Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5210DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsADCC NationalsABSSPF2014
5433Diego FerreiraLPts: 5x0FIVE NevadaABSF2014
5952Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KGF2014
5964Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
5991Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 23x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
6007Rafael BeneditoLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2014
7924Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 10x0ADCC77KG4F2015
7959Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSR12015
8177Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8390Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
8458Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
9650Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEBI/OTEBI 6ABS4F2016
10517DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 7x2Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
11630Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLFlying triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
13848JT TorresJT TorresLReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13849Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG3RD2017
14524Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14526Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4Kasai Pro70KG3RD2017
21706JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0ADCC77KGSF2019
21724Gordon RyanGordon RyanLChokeADCCABS4F2019
4981Satori KitaokaWRNCADCC77KGR12013
5174Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5175James PuopoloJames PuopoloWInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5213Bill CooperBill CooperWHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5428Daniel AlmodovarWGuillotineFIVE NevadaABS4F2014
5429Wallace SantosWKimuraFIVE NevadaABSSF2014
5430Milan ZerjalWRNCFIVE NevadaABSF2014
5431Guilherme CotliarenkoWPts: 7x2FIVE Nevada77KGSF2014
5432Aaron BuckWTriangleFIVE Nevada77KGF2014
5502Matt BagshawWInside heel hookSubmission AceABSSPF2014
5849Kit DaleKit DaleWGuillotineMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5950AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2014
5988Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6157PJ LinderWRNCEBI77KGR12014
6159Lance GlynnWInside heel hookEBI77KG4F2014
6161Javier ValencianoWHeel hookEBI77KGSF2014
6162Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookEBI77KGF2014
6363Josh HaydenWKneebarRocksolidABSSPF2015
6365Marcin HeldWHeel hookPolarisABSSPF2015
6638Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWTriangleGracie NationalsABSSPF2015
6945M. KheraWPointsUGA Open77KGSPF2015
7056Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWInside heel hookUGL77KGSPF2015
7337Josh VallesWHeel hookEBI 377KGR12015
7341Karen DarabedyanWEBI/OTEBI 377KG4F2015
7342Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsWTriangle armbarEBI 377KGSF2015
7344Josh HingerJosh HingerWEBI/OTEBI 377KGF2015
7755Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWReferee DecisionFIVE SL72KGSPF2015
7916Dillon DanisDillon DanisWInside heel hookADCC77KGR12015
8011Masakazu ImanariWInside heel hookPolaris 268KGSPF2015
8150Joao FerreiraWPointsNoGi Pan Ams76KG4F2015
8152Renan BorgesWKneebarNoGi Pan Ams76KGSF2015
8153Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 7x2NoGi Pan Ams76KGF2015
8174Washington LuisWDarce chokeNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8175Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8451Marcel GonçalvesWDQNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8727Jordon TaborWGuillotineGQ All Star77KG4F2015
8728Joe SoleckiWInside heel hookGQ All Star77KGSF2015
8729Rob GreenidgeWCalf slicerGQ All Star77KGF2015
8730Stephan MartinezWBulldog chokeEBI 570KGR12015
8738Javier VasquezWHeel hookEBI 570KG4F2015
8742Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWArmbarEBI 570KGSF2015
8744Rafael DomingosWHeel hookEBI 570KGF2015
9385Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9642Felipe FogolinWInside heel hookEBI 6ABSR12016
10282Ralek GracieWKneebarMetamoris 7ABSSPF2016
10283Dustin AkbariWInside Heel hookF2W 872KGSPF2016
10515Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWInjuryGrappling Pro77KG4F2016
10519Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookGrappling Pro77KG3RD2016
10759J. FriedrichWHeel hookEBI 993KGR12016
10767Adam SanchoffWInside heel hookEBI 993KG4F2016
10771Daniel OBrienWEBI/OTEBI 993KGSF2016
10773Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWEBI/OTEBI 993KGF2016
10850Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWInside heel hookPolaris 477KGSPF2016
11310Kim TerraKim TerraWGuillotineStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
11730AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionF2W 2476KGSPF2017
12211Justin RaderJustin RaderWReferee DecisionF2W 2875KGSPF2017
12963Shinya AokiShinya AokiWInside heel hookOne FC76KGSPF2017
13606Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionPolaris 581KGSPF2017
13841Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
13846Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
14159Chance BraudWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGR12017
14167Ross KeepingWArmbarEBI 1370KG4F2017
14171L. ValenteWHeel hookEBI 1370KGSF2017
14173Vagner RochaVagner RochaWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGF2017
14517Mansher KheraMansher KheraD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14521AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
21666Mateusz GarmotWRNCADCC77KGR12019
21673Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2019
21708Dante LeonDante LeonWOutside heel hookADCC77KG3RD2019
21720Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWInside heel hookADCCABSR12019
22470Davi RamosDavi RamosWReferee DecisionF2W 13280KGSPF2019
23510Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWInside heel hookF2W 14575KGSPF2020
23558Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWNO77KGSPF2020

Garry Tonon vs Javi Vazquez (2015)

Garry Tonon vs Aaron Buck (2014)

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