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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

63 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    22 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

30 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
#039a1f
Kimura
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
45 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11826Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11911Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12138Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12352Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12369Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12804Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
13079Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13308Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13485Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13736Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13768Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
14073Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14686Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14988Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15331Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15715Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16440Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16799Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16884Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16901Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17729J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
18097Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18348Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W 9575KGSPF2018
18504Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
19107Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
19115Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 3x0Miami W. OpenABSSF2019
20033Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
20313Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20768Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20779Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20791Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
21429Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KGF2019
22206Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLDQLong Beach Open76KGSF2019
22222Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
23174Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 13677KGSPF2020
23270Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23477Dante LeonDante LeonLTriangleF2W 142N/ASPF2020
23499Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPointsJitz King84KGR12020
23537P. MarinhoLGuillotine3CG Kumite III81KG4F2020
23585Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLReferee DecisionKumite V81KG4F2020
23650Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionKumite 676KGSPF2020
23666Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
23738Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
23743Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA77KGRPC2020
23868Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 5x2Pan American76KG8F2020
11746Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11748Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11749UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11750F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11751Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11752Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11819Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11820Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11821Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11896Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11899Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11902Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11910Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11913Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12124Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12350Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12665Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12666Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12798Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12803Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13408Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
14069Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
14952Thiago LemosWKneebarLos Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14954Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15086Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15907Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16877Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16891Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16896Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17196Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17197Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17723Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17973Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
17974Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
17990Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
17991Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
17992Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
18094Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
19036Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
19038Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19458Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
20030Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
20032Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
20054David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
20055Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
20311Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20469Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20776John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20778Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20789Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019
21427Khalil FadlallahWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2019
21428Breno MacielWEstima lockNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2019
21591Kevin BerbrichWReferee DecisionF2W 12674KGSPF2019
21786Diego SantanaWRNCF2W 12777KGSPF2019
22203Youngam NohWRNCLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
22219Nathan BarretoWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSR12019
22647Tomoshige SeraWTriangleNoGi Worlds73KGR12019
22653Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2019
22658Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KGSF2019
22659Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds73KGF2019
23469Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 13975KGSPF2020
23735Mauricio GomezWKimuraGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
23862Mauricio EstebanWPts: 11x2Pan American76KGR12020

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