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Johnny Tama

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Johnny Tama is an Equatorian grappler and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Juan Miguel Iturralde of the Alliance Academy. Tama earned his reputation as one of the top athletes of his generation after conquering 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. Later, in December 2019, Johnny Tama became the first Hispanic athlete to conquer an IBJJF world title in the adult black belt division of this sport.

Johnny Tama Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Johnny Joachin Tama Apolinario

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos GracieHelio Gracie >Rolls GracieRomero CavalcantiFábio Gurgel > Fernando Di PieroJuan Miguel Iturralde > Johnny Tama

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2019)
  • 1st Place SJJIF World Championship No-Gi (2018)
  • 1st Place SJJIF World Championship (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 AJP Ecuador National Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place AJP NY National Pro (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2019 / 2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF NY Spring Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2021)
  • 2nd Place Marianas Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nats No-Gi (2019**)
  • 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.

In 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 Instructional

Johnny Tama Grappling Record

71 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    35 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

35 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
14
5
#86e620
Botinha
14
5
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
11
4
#d1212a
Choke
9
3
#fad11b
Kneebar
9
3
#f58822
Armbar
9
3
#224aba
RNC
9
3
#ff9124
Kimura
6
2
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
3
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
1
#fad223
Inverted triangle
3
1
#03861f
Flying armbar
3
1
#039a1f
Crucifix choke
3
1
#03b41f
Katagatame
3
1
#03c61f
Triangle
3
1
35
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
53 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    24 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Submission
17
1
#86e620
Bow and arrow
17
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
1
#d1212a
Botinha
17
1
#fad11b
Triangle
17
1
#f58822
Guillotine
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11835Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11920Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12147Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12361Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12378Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12813Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
13088Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13317Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13494Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13745Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13777Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
14082Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14695Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14999Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15342Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15726Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16451Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16810Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16895Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16912Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17740J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
18112Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18363Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W 9575KGSPF2018
18519Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
19127Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
19135Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 3x0Miami W. OpenABSSF2019
20056Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
20337Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20793Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20804Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20816Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
21462Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KGF2019
22244Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLDQLong Beach Open76KGSF2019
22260Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
23234Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 13677KGSPF2020
23332Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23542Dante LeonDante LeonLTriangleF2W 142N/ASPF2020
23574Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPointsJitz King84KGR12020
23613Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLGuillotine3CG Kumite III81KG4F2020
23669Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLReferee DecisionKumite V81KG4F2020
23735Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionKumite 676KGSPF2020
23751Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
23824Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
23829Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA77KGRPC2020
23955Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 5x2Pan American76KG8F2020
24771Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsThird Coast70KGSPF2020
24954Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x0Dallas Open76KGF2021
25146Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionWNO 777KGSPF2021
25340Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2EUG 170KG4F2021
25859Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2NoGi Pan Am.73KGF2021
26001Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLAdvMiami Open76KGSF2021
26653Igor FelizIgor FelizLPts: 2x2, AdvHouston Open76KGSF2021
26670Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 5x0Houston OpenABS4F2021
11755Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11757Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11758UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11759F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11760Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11761Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11828Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11829Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11830Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11905Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11908Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11911Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11919Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11922Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12133Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12359Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12674Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12675Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12807Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12812Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13417Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
14078Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
14963Thiago LemosWKneebarLos Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14965Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15097Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15918Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16888Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16902Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16907Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17207Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17208Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17734Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17984Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
17985Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
18001Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
18002Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
18003Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
18109Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
19056Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
19058Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19481Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
20053Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
20055Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
20077David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
20078Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
20335Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20494Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20801John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20803Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20814Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019
21460Khalil FadlallahWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2019
21461Breno MacielWEstima lockNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2019
21626Kevin BerbrichWReferee DecisionF2W 12674KGSPF2019
21821Diego SantanaWRNCF2W 12777KGSPF2019
22241Youngam NohWRNCLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
22257Nathan BarretoWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSR12019
22693Tomoshige SeraWTriangleNoGi Worlds73KGR12019
22699Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2019
22704Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KGSF2019
22705Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds73KGF2019
23533Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 13975KGSPF2020
23821Mauricio GomezWKimuraGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
23949Mauricio EstebanWPts: 11x2Pan American76KGR12020
24740Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWReferee DecisionF2W 15983KGSPF2020
24951Dylan WhyteWChoke from backDallas Open76KG4F2021
24953Tyler ScalisiWChokeDallas Open76KGSF2021
25848H. AbbasWInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
25856Josh MurdockWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.73KG4F2021
25858Kieran KichukKieran KichukWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KGSF2021
26000Michael DanyusWKimuraMiami Open76KG4F2021
26650Tyler ScalisiWBow and arrowHouston Open76KG4F2021

Johnny Tama 2017 Highlight

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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