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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
4974Kron GracieKron GracieLRNCADCC77KG4F2013
5030Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSR12013
5033Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsADCCABS4F2013
5153Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5157Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5194DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsADCC NationalsABSSPF2014
5417Diego FerreiraLPts: 5x0FIVE NevadaABSF2014
5935Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KGF2014
5947Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
5974Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 23x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
5990Rafael BeneditoLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2014
7898Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 10x0ADCC77KG4F2015
7933Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSR12015
8151Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8364Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
8432Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
9606Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEBI/OTEBI 6ABS4F2016
10468DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 7x2Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
11565Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLFlying triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
13750JT TorresJT TorresLReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13751Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG3RD2017
14406Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14408Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4Kasai Pro70KG3RD2017
4965Satori KitaokaWRNCADCC77KGR12013
5158Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5159James PuopoloJames PuopoloWInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5197Bill CooperBill CooperWHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5412Daniel AlmodovarWGuillotineFIVE NevadaABS4F2014
5413Wallace SantosWKimuraFIVE NevadaABSSF2014
5414Milan ZerjalWRNCFIVE NevadaABSF2014
5415Guilherme CotliarenkoWPts: 7x2FIVE Nevada77KGSF2014
5416Aaron BuckWTriangleFIVE Nevada77KGF2014
5485Matt BagshawWInside heel hookSubmission AceABSSPF2014
5832Kit DaleKit DaleWGuillotineMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5933AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2014
5971Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6140PJ LinderWRNCEBI77KGR12014
6142Lance GlynnWInside heel hookEBI77KG4F2014
6144Javier ValencianoWHeel hookEBI77KGSF2014
6145Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookEBI77KGF2014
6339Josh HaydenWKneebarRocksolidABSSPF2015
6341Marcin HeldWHeel hookPolarisABSSPF2015
6615Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWTriangleGracie NationalsABSSPF2015
6920M. KheraWPointsUGA Open77KGSPF2015
7030Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWInside heel hookUGL77KGSPF2015
7311Josh VallesWHeel hookEBI 377KGR12015
7315Karen DarabedyanWEBI/OTEBI 377KG4F2015
7316Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsWTriangle armbarEBI 377KGSF2015
7318Josh HingerJosh HingerWEBI/OTEBI 377KGF2015
7729Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWReferee DecisionFIVE SL72KGSPF2015
7890Dillon DanisDillon DanisWInside heel hookADCC77KGR12015
7985Masakazu ImanariWInside heel hookPolaris 268KGSPF2015
8124Joao FerreiraWPointsNoGi Pan Ams76KG4F2015
8126Renan BorgesWKneebarNoGi Pan Ams76KGSF2015
8127Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 7x2NoGi Pan Ams76KGF2015
8148Washington LuisWDarce chokeNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8149Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8425Marcel GonçalvesWDQNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8701Jordon TaborWGuillotineGQ All Star77KG4F2015
8702Joe SoleckiWInside heel hookGQ All Star77KGSF2015
8703Rob GreenidgeWCalf slicerGQ All Star77KGF2015
8704Stephan MartinezWBulldog chokeEBI 570KGR12015
8712Javier VasquezWHeel hookEBI 570KG4F2015
8716Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWArmbarEBI 570KGSF2015
8718Rafael DomingosWHeel hookEBI 570KGF2015
9347Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9598Felipe FogolinWInside heel hookEBI 6ABSR12016
10233Ralek GracieWKneebarMetamoris 7ABSSPF2016
10234Dustin AkbariWInside Heel hookF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10466Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWInjuryGrappling Pro77KG4F2016
10470Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookGrappling Pro77KG3RD2016
10708J. FriedrichWHeel hookEBI 993KGR12016
10716Adam SanchoffWInside heel hookEBI 993KG4F2016
10720Daniel OBrienWEBI/OTEBI 993KGSF2016
10722Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWEBI/OTEBI 993KGF2016
10799Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWInside heel hookPolaris 477KGSPF2016
11257Kim TerraKim TerraWGuillotineStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
11659AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionF2W 2476KGSPF2017
12133Justin RaderJustin RaderWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 2875KGSPF2017
12874Shinya AokiShinya AokiWInside heel hookOne FC76KGSPF2017
13508Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionPolaris 581KGSPF2017
13743Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
13748Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
14053Chance BraudWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGR12017
14061Ross KeepingWArmbarEBI 1370KG4F2017
14065L. ValenteWHeel hookEBI 1370KGSF2017
14067Vagner RochaVagner RochaWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGF2017
14399Mansher KheraMansher KheraD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14403AJ 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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