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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:

  • 1st Place SJJIF World Championship (2018)
  • 1st Place SJJIF World Championship No-Gi (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY Spring Open No-Gi (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY Spring Open (2018)
  • 1st Place Orange County Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Charlotte Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Boston Spring Open (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Ecuador National Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF NY National Pro (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF NY Spring Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place Marianas Open (2017)
  • FIVE Grappling Superfight Winner (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas International Open (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Los Angeles (2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Open (2013** / 2014 ** purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY Spring Open (2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Boston Spring Open (2015 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2014 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 purple, 2015 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

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

54 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
19
5
#86e620
Botinha
19
5
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
12
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
12
3
#fad11b
Choke
8
2
#f58822
Armbar
8
2
#224aba
RNC
8
2
#ff9124
Inverted triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Flying armbar
4
1
#22c9a5
Crucifix choke
4
1
#fad223
Katagatame
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
32 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Submission
25
1
#86e620
Bow and arrow
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
#d1212a
Botinha
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11777Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11851Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12077Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12288Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12305Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12733Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
13005Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13230Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13404Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13654Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13686Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
13987Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14584Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14862Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15206Kauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15579Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16289Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16636Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16721Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16738Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17533J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
17890Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18130Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 9575KGSPF2018
18272Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18846Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
18854Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
19735Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
20011Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20450Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20461Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20473Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
21062Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KGF2019
11697Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11699Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11700UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11701F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11702Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11703Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11770Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11771Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11772Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11836Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11839Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11842Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11850Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11853Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12063Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12286Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12598Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12599Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12727Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12732Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13327Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
13983Kauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
14826Thiago LemosWKneebarLos Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14828Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14960Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15768Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16714Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16728Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16733Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17024Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17025Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17527Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17768Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
17769Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
17785Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
17786Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
17787Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
17887Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
18775Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
18777Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19174Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
19732Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
19734Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
19756David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
19757Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
20009Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20159Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20458John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20460Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20471Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019
21060Khalil FadlallahWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2019
21061Breno MacielWEstima lockNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2019
21201Kevin BerbrichWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12674KGSPF2019
21378Diego SantanaWRNCF2W Pro 12777KGSPF2019

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