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Garry Tonon

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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: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Renzo Gracie > Ricardo Almeida (> Tom deBlass) > Garry Tonon

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Champion (2015)
  • 1st Place EBI WW Invitational (2014/2015)
  • 1st Place EBI LW Invitational (2015)
  • 1st Place EBI LHW Invitational (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (2015*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2014*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2011/2012 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2008 juvenile blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (2010* purple, 2011/2012** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (2010 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2011* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (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 on this facet of grappling, in New York – where 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.

Tonon is also a successful coach, teaching at the Brunswick BJJ academy in New Jersey.

WB: brunswickbjj.com

Cover photo by Hywel Teague of BJJ Hacks.

Garry Tonon Grappling Record

64 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (9%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    45 (70%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (6%)

45 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
36
16
#86e620
Heel hook
18
8
#5AD3D1
RNC
11
5
#d1212a
Guillotine
9
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
7
3
#f58822
Armbar
4
2
#224aba
Triangle
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
45
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (70%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
33
1
#86e620
Wristlock
33
1
#5AD3D1
Flying triangle
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Garry Tonon Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4980Kron GracieKron GracieLRNCADCC77KG4F2013
5036Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSR12013
5039Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsADCCABS4F2013
5159Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5163Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5200DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsADCC NationalsABSSPF2014
5423Diego FerreiraLPts: 5x0FIVE NevadaABSF2014
5941Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KGF2014
5953Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
5980Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 23x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
5996Rafael BeneditoLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2014
7904Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 10x0ADCC77KG4F2015
7939Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSR12015
8157Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8370Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
8438Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
9612Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEBI/OTEBI 6ABS4F2016
10474DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 7x2Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
11572Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLFlying triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
13757JT TorresJT TorresLReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13758Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG3RD2017
14413Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14415Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4Kasai Pro70KG3RD2017
4971Satori KitaokaWRNCADCC77KGR12013
5164Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5165James PuopoloJames PuopoloWInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5203Bill CooperBill CooperWHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5418Daniel AlmodovarWGuillotineFIVE NevadaABS4F2014
5419Wallace SantosWKimuraFIVE NevadaABSSF2014
5420Milan ZerjalWRNCFIVE NevadaABSF2014
5421Guilherme CotliarenkoWPts: 7x2FIVE Nevada77KGSF2014
5422Aaron BuckWTriangleFIVE Nevada77KGF2014
5491Matt BagshawWInside heel hookSubmission AceABSSPF2014
5838Kit DaleKit DaleWGuillotineMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5939AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2014
5977Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6146PJ LinderWRNCEBI77KGR12014
6148Lance GlynnWInside heel hookEBI77KG4F2014
6150Javier ValencianoWHeel hookEBI77KGSF2014
6151Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookEBI77KGF2014
6345Josh HaydenWKneebarRocksolidABSSPF2015
6347Marcin HeldWHeel hookPolarisABSSPF2015
6621Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWTriangleGracie NationalsABSSPF2015
6926M. KheraWPointsUGA Open77KGSPF2015
7036Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWInside heel hookUGL77KGSPF2015
7317Josh VallesWHeel hookEBI 377KGR12015
7321Karen DarabedyanWEBI/OTEBI 377KG4F2015
7322Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsWTriangle armbarEBI 377KGSF2015
7324Josh HingerJosh HingerWEBI/OTEBI 377KGF2015
7735Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWReferee DecisionFIVE SL72KGSPF2015
7896Dillon DanisDillon DanisWInside heel hookADCC77KGR12015
7991Masakazu ImanariWInside heel hookPolaris 268KGSPF2015
8130Joao FerreiraWPointsNoGi Pan Ams76KG4F2015
8132Renan BorgesWKneebarNoGi Pan Ams76KGSF2015
8133Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 7x2NoGi Pan Ams76KGF2015
8154Washington LuisWDarce chokeNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8155Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8431Marcel GonçalvesWDQNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8707Jordon TaborWGuillotineGQ All Star77KG4F2015
8708Joe SoleckiWInside heel hookGQ All Star77KGSF2015
8709Rob GreenidgeWCalf slicerGQ All Star77KGF2015
8710Stephan MartinezWBulldog chokeEBI 570KGR12015
8718Javier VasquezWHeel hookEBI 570KG4F2015
8722Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWArmbarEBI 570KGSF2015
8724Rafael DomingosWHeel hookEBI 570KGF2015
9353Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9604Felipe FogolinWInside heel hookEBI 6ABSR12016
10239Ralek GracieWKneebarMetamoris 7ABSSPF2016
10240Dustin AkbariWInside Heel hookF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10472Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWInjuryGrappling Pro77KG4F2016
10476Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookGrappling Pro77KG3RD2016
10714J. FriedrichWHeel hookEBI 993KGR12016
10722Adam SanchoffWInside heel hookEBI 993KG4F2016
10726Daniel OBrienWEBI/OTEBI 993KGSF2016
10728Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWEBI/OTEBI 993KGF2016
10805Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWInside heel hookPolaris 477KGSPF2016
11263Kim TerraKim TerraWGuillotineStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
11666AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionF2W 2476KGSPF2017
12140Justin RaderJustin RaderWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 2875KGSPF2017
12881Shinya AokiShinya AokiWInside heel hookOne FC76KGSPF2017
13515Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionPolaris 581KGSPF2017
13750Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
13755Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
14060Chance BraudWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGR12017
14068Ross KeepingWArmbarEBI 1370KG4F2017
14072L. ValenteWHeel hookEBI 1370KGSF2017
14074Vagner RochaVagner RochaWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGF2017
14406Mansher KheraMansher KheraD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14410AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017

Garry Tonon vs Javi Vazquez (2015)

Garry Tonon vs Aaron Buck (2014)

Garry Tonon featured on BJJ Hacks

Garry Tonon featurd on BJJ Scout

Garry Tonon highlight

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