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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 ADCC World Championship (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2015*)
  • 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 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.

Cover photo by Hywel Teague of BJJ Hacks.

Heel Hook Instructional by John Danaher

Garry Tonon Grappling Record

69 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (9%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    48 (70%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (3%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (6%)

48 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
35
17
#86e620
Heel hook
17
8
#5AD3D1
RNC
13
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
48
(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
4989Kron GracieKron GracieLRNCADCC77KG4F2013
5045Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSR12013
5048Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsADCCABS4F2013
5168Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5172Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5209DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsADCC NationalsABSSPF2014
5432Diego FerreiraLPts: 5x0FIVE NevadaABSF2014
5950Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KGF2014
5962Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
5989Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 23x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
6005Rafael BeneditoLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2014
7920Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 10x0ADCC77KG4F2015
7955Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSR12015
8173Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLWristlockNoGi Pan AmsABSF2015
8386Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
8454Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12015
9628Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEBI/OTEBI 6ABS4F2016
10494DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 7x2Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
11598Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLFlying triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
13795JT TorresJT TorresLReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13796Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG3RD2017
14458Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14460Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x4Kasai Pro70KG3RD2017
21378JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0ADCC77KGSF2019
21396Gordon RyanGordon RyanLChokeADCCABS4F2019
4980Satori KitaokaWRNCADCC77KGR12013
5173Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5174James PuopoloJames PuopoloWInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5212Bill CooperBill CooperWHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5427Daniel AlmodovarWGuillotineFIVE NevadaABS4F2014
5428Wallace SantosWKimuraFIVE NevadaABSSF2014
5429Milan ZerjalWRNCFIVE NevadaABSF2014
5430Guilherme CotliarenkoWPts: 7x2FIVE Nevada77KGSF2014
5431Aaron BuckWTriangleFIVE Nevada77KGF2014
5500Matt BagshawWInside heel hookSubmission AceABSSPF2014
5847Kit DaleKit DaleWGuillotineMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5948AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2014
5986Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6155PJ LinderWRNCEBI77KGR12014
6157Lance GlynnWInside heel hookEBI77KG4F2014
6159Javier ValencianoWHeel hookEBI77KGSF2014
6160Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookEBI77KGF2014
6361Josh HaydenWKneebarRocksolidABSSPF2015
6363Marcin HeldWHeel hookPolarisABSSPF2015
6637Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWTriangleGracie NationalsABSSPF2015
6942M. KheraWPointsUGA Open77KGSPF2015
7052Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWInside heel hookUGL77KGSPF2015
7333Josh VallesWHeel hookEBI 377KGR12015
7337Karen DarabedyanWEBI/OTEBI 377KG4F2015
7338Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsWTriangle armbarEBI 377KGSF2015
7340Josh HingerJosh HingerWEBI/OTEBI 377KGF2015
7751Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWReferee DecisionFIVE SL72KGSPF2015
7912Dillon DanisDillon DanisWInside heel hookADCC77KGR12015
8007Masakazu ImanariWInside heel hookPolaris 268KGSPF2015
8146Joao FerreiraWPointsNoGi Pan Ams76KG4F2015
8148Renan BorgesWKneebarNoGi Pan Ams76KGSF2015
8149Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 7x2NoGi Pan Ams76KGF2015
8170Washington LuisWDarce chokeNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2015
8171Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8447Marcel GonçalvesWDQNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8723Jordon TaborWGuillotineGQ All Star77KG4F2015
8724Joe SoleckiWInside heel hookGQ All Star77KGSF2015
8725Rob GreenidgeWCalf slicerGQ All Star77KGF2015
8726Stephan MartinezWBulldog chokeEBI 570KGR12015
8734Javier VasquezWHeel hookEBI 570KG4F2015
8738Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWArmbarEBI 570KGSF2015
8740Rafael DomingosWHeel hookEBI 570KGF2015
9368Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9620Felipe FogolinWInside heel hookEBI 6ABSR12016
10259Ralek GracieWKneebarMetamoris 7ABSSPF2016
10260Dustin AkbariWInside Heel hookF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10492Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWInjuryGrappling Pro77KG4F2016
10496Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookGrappling Pro77KG3RD2016
10734J. FriedrichWHeel hookEBI 993KGR12016
10742Adam SanchoffWInside heel hookEBI 993KG4F2016
10746Daniel OBrienWEBI/OTEBI 993KGSF2016
10748Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWEBI/OTEBI 993KGF2016
10825Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWInside heel hookPolaris 477KGSPF2016
11283Kim TerraKim TerraWGuillotineStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
11698AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionF2W 2476KGSPF2017
12172Justin RaderJustin RaderWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 2875KGSPF2017
12917Shinya AokiShinya AokiWInside heel hookOne FC76KGSPF2017
13553Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionPolaris 581KGSPF2017
13788Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
13793Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
14101Chance BraudWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGR12017
14109Ross KeepingWArmbarEBI 1370KG4F2017
14113L. ValenteWHeel hookEBI 1370KGSF2017
14115Vagner RochaVagner RochaWInside heel hookEBI 1370KGF2017
14451Mansher KheraMansher KheraD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14455AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
21343Mateusz GarmotWRNCADCC77KGR12019
21350Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2019
21380Dante LeonDante LeonWOutside heel hookADCC77KG3RD2019
21392Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWInside heel hookADCCABSR12019
22033Davi RamosDavi RamosWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13280KGSPF2019

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

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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