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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: 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)
  • 1st Place ADCC US Trials (2013)
  • 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

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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
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (68%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Flying triangle
20
1
#86e620
Choke
20
1
#5AD3D1
Darce choke
20
1
#d1212a
RNC
20
1
#fad11b
Wristlock
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Garry Tonon Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5002Kron GracieKron GracieLRNCADCC77KG4F2013
5058Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSR12013
5061Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsADCCABS4F2013
5183Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5187Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5224DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsADCC NationalsABSSPF2014
5285Sean RobertsSean RobertsLPointsUFC ExpoABSSF2014
5453Diego FerreiraLPts: 5x0FIVE NevadaABSF2014
5975Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KGF2014
5987Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
6014Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 23x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
6030Rafael BeneditoLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2014
7951Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 10x0ADCC77KG4F2015
7986Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSR12015
8204Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8417Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
8485Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
9677Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEBI/OTEBI 6ABS4F2016
10544DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 7x2Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
11672Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLFlying triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
13904JT TorresJT TorresLReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13905Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG3RD2017
14585Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14587Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4Kasai Pro70KG3RD2017
21880JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0ADCC77KGSF2019
21898Gordon RyanGordon RyanLChokeADCCABS4F2019
32747Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLDarce chokeOne FCNASPF2022
34882Sam McNallySam McNallyLPts: 3x0ADCC66KGR12022
4993Satori KitaokaWRNCADCC77KGR12013
5188Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5189James PuopoloJames PuopoloWInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5227Bill CooperBill CooperWHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5448Daniel AlmodovarWGuillotineFIVE NevadaABS4F2014
5449Wallace SantosWKimuraFIVE NevadaABSSF2014
5450Milan ZerjalWRNCFIVE NevadaABSF2014
5451Guilherme CotliarenkoWPts: 7x2FIVE Nevada77KGSF2014
5452Aaron BuckWTriangleFIVE Nevada77KGF2014
5522Matt BagshawWInside heel hookSubmission AceABSSPF2014
5872Kit DaleKit DaleWGuillotineMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5973AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2014
6011Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6180PJ LinderWRNCEBI77KGR12014
6182Lance GlynnWInside heel hookEBI77KG4F2014
6184Javier ValencianoWHeel hookEBI77KGSF2014
6185Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookEBI77KGF2014
6390Josh HaydenWKneebarRocksolidABSSPF2015
6392Marcin HeldWHeel hookPolarisABSSPF2015
6665Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWTriangleGracie NationalsABSSPF2015
6972M. KheraWPointsUGA Open77KGSPF2015
7083Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWInside heel hookUGL77KGSPF2015
7364Josh VallesWHeel hookEBI 377KGR12015
7368Karen DarabedyanWEBI/OTEBI 377KG4F2015
7369Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsWTriangle armbarEBI 377KGSF2015
7371Josh HingerJosh HingerWEBI/OTEBI 377KGF2015
7782Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWReferee DecisionFIVE SL72KGSPF2015
7943Dillon DanisDillon DanisWInside heel hookADCC77KGR12015
8038Masakazu ImanariWInside heel hookPolaris 268KGSPF2015
8177Joao FerreiraWPointsNoGi Pan Ams76KG4F2015
8179Renan BorgesWKneebarNoGi Pan Ams76KGSF2015
8180Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 7x2NoGi Pan Ams76KGF2015
8201Washington LuisWDarce chokeNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8202Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8478Marcel GonçalvesWDQNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8754Jordon TaborWGuillotineGQ All Star77KG4F2015
8755Joe SoleckiWInside heel hookGQ All Star77KGSF2015
8756Rob GreenidgeWCalf slicerGQ All Star77KGF2015
8757Stephan MartinezWBulldog chokeEBI 570KGR12015
8765Javier VasquezWHeel hookEBI 570KG4F2015
8769Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWArmbarEBI 570KGSF2015
8771Rafael DomingosWHeel hookEBI 570KGF2015
9412Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9669Felipe FogolinWInside heel hookEBI 6ABSR12016
10309Ralek GracieWKneebarMetamoris 7ABSSPF2016
10310Dustin AkbariWInside Heel hookF2W 872KGSPF2016
10542Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWInjuryGrappling Pro77KG4F2016
10546Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookGrappling Pro77KG3RD2016
10786J. FriedrichWHeel hookEBI 993KGR12016
10794Adam SanchoffWInside heel hookEBI 993KG4F2016
10798Daniel OBrienWEBI/OTEBI 993KGSF2016
10800Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWEBI/OTEBI 993KGF2016
10877Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWInside heel hookPolaris 477KGSPF2016
11341Kim TerraKim TerraWGuillotineStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
11772AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionF2W 2476KGSPF2017
12261Justin RaderJustin RaderWReferee DecisionF2W 2875KGSPF2017
13016Shinya AokiShinya AokiWInside heel hookOne FC76KGSPF2017
13661Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionPolaris 581KGSPF2017
13897Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
13902Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
14220Chance BraudWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGR12017
14228Ross KeepingWArmbarEBI 1370KG4F2017
14232L. ValenteWHeel hookEBI 1370KGSF2017
14234Vagner RochaVagner RochaWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGF2017
14578Mansher KheraMansher KheraD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14582AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
21839Mateusz GarmotWRNCADCC77KGR12019
21846Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2019
21882Dante LeonDante LeonWOutside heel hookADCC77KG3RD2019
21894Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWInside heel hookADCCABSR12019
22667Davi RamosDavi RamosWReferee DecisionF2W 13280KGSPF2019
23773Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWInside heel hookF2W 14575KGSPF2020
23826Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWNO77KGSPF2020

Garry Tonon vs Javi Vazquez (2015)

Garry Tonon vs Aaron Buck (2014)

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