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Johnny Tama

Johnny Tama

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Johnny Tama is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Juan Miguel Iturralde of the Alliance Academy, being also one of the first Ecuadorian athletes to break through as a high end competitor in this sport/martial art. Tama earned this reputation while grappling in the lower belt divisions, having conquered medals at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Pan American Championship (gi and no-gi) and World Championships (also gi and no-gi) in both the purple and brown belt categories.

Johnny Tama Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Johnny Joachin Tama Apolinario

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos GracieHelio Gracie >Rolls GracieRomero CavalcantiFábio Gurgel > Fernando Di Piero > Juan Miguel Iturralde > Johnny Tama

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF Houston International Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Boston Spring International Open Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Ecuador National Pro Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Dallas International Open (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2014 purple, 2015 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2015 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Good Overall Game

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Johnny Tama Biography

Johnny Tama was born on October 20, 1992 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Growing up Johnny was not a fan of martial arts, with a short time spent doing taekwondo at the age of 12 being his only contact with any form of combat. That lack of interest would change after a street altercation in 2009, which saw Tama at the wrong end of a beating.

Following his stepfather’s advice Johnny started paying attention to Brazilian jiu jitsu. He finally decided to start taking grappling classes after witnessing Fernando Di Piero (also known as Soluço) defeat an opponent with ease inside the cage, using solely grappling.

On June of 2009 Tama joined the class of Juan Miguel Iturralde Aguirre, brother of Leonardo Iturralde, Francisco “Sinistro” Iturralde and a black belt under the aforementioned Di Piero. Juan Miguel would remain by Johnny’s side throughout his development as a grappler, though Tama was also assisted by other coaches throughout his many travels in search of high level coaching and competition. One of his bigger influences was Rubens Charles, a legend of the sport with whom Johnny trained on many occasions while climbing the belt ranks of jiu jitsu.

The growth of BJJ in Chile was also heavily influenced by Johnny Tama who visited the South American country on several occasions, both coaching and competing.

After many years competing in the world’s top jiu jitsu tournaments in the lower belt divisions, Tama received his black belt from the hands of Juan Miguel Iturralde. The ceremony taking place on December 15 of 2016.

Johnny Tama Grappling Record

21 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
31
4
#86e620
Botinha
31
4
#5AD3D1
Choke
8
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
1
#fad11b
Inverted triangle
8
1
#f58822
Armbar
8
1
#224aba
Choke from back
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Submission
50
1
#86e620
Bow and arrow
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11403Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
11627Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
11828Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
11845Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12257Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
12508Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
12732Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
12859Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLN/ASan Jose Open82KGSF2017
11264Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11266Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11267UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11268F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11269Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11270Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11332Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11333Thiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11334Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11388Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11391Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11394Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11402Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11405Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
11613Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
11826Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12123Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12124Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12251Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12256Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
12817Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017

Johnny Tama 2014 Purple Belt Highlight

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