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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 UAEJJF Ecuador National Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF NY National Pro (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF NY Spring Open (2019)
  • 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

61 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
17
5
#86e620
Botinha
17
5
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
10
3
#d1212a
Armbar
10
3
#fad11b
Choke from back
10
3
#f58822
RNC
10
3
#224aba
Choke
7
2
#ff9124
Inverted triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Flying armbar
3
1
#22c9a5
Crucifix choke
3
1
#fad223
Katagatame
3
1
#03861f
Triangle
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    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
11809Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11886Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12113Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12327Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12344Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12779Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
13051Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13279Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13453Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13704Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13736Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
14037Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14648Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14950Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15294Kauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15678Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16400Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16751Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16836Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16853Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17668J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
18034Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18281Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 9575KGSPF2018
18435Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
19031Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
19039Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 3x0Miami W. OpenABSSF2019
19939Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
20219Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20665Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20676Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20688Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
21321Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KGF2019
22045Kauan BarbozaLDQLong Beach Open76KGSF2019
22061Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22987Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13677KGSPF2020
23071Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
11729Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11731Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11732UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11733F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11734Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11735Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11802Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11803Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11804Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11871Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11874Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11877Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11885Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11888Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12099Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12325Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12640Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12641Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12773Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12778Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13376Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
14033Kauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
14914Thiago LemosWKneebarLos Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14916Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15048Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15870Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16829Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16843Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16848Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17143Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17144Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17662Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17910Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
17911Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
17927Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
17928Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
17929Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
18031Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
18960Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
18962Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19371Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
19936Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
19938Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
19960David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
19961Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
20217Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20372Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20673John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20675Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20686Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019
21319Khalil FadlallahWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2019
21320Breno MacielWEstima lockNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2019
21471Kevin BerbrichWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12674KGSPF2019
21662Diego SantanaWRNCF2W Pro 12777KGSPF2019
22042Youngam NohWRNCLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
22058Nathan BarretoWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSR12019
22486Tomoshige SeraWTriangleNoGi Worlds73KGR12019
22492Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2019
22497Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KGSF2019
22498Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds73KGF2019
23235Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 13975KGSPF2020

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