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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

50 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
21
5
#86e620
Estima lock
17
4
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
13
3
#fad11b
Armbar
8
2
#f58822
Choke
8
2
#224aba
Inverted triangle
4
1
#ff9124
Flying armbar
4
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
4
1
#22c9a5
Crucifix choke
4
1
#fad223
Katagatame
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (23%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11752Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11826Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12052Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12263Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12280Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12706Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
12976Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13201Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13374Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13624Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13656Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
13957Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14554Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14832Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15176Kauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15549Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16259Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16605Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16690Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16707Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17496J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
17848Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18088Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 9575KGSPF2018
18230Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18797Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
18805Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
19680Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
19955Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20393Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20404Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20416Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
11672Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11674Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11675UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11676F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11677Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11678Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11745Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11746Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11747Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11811Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11814Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11817Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11825Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11828Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12038Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12261Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12571Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12572Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12700Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12705Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13297Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
13953Kauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
14796Thiago LemosWKneebarLos Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14798Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14930Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15738Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16683Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16697Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16702Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16993Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
16994Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17490Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17726Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
17727Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
17743Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
17744Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
17745Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
17845Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
18726Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
18728Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19125Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
19677Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
19679Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
19701David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
19702Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
19953Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20104Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20401John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20403Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20414Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019

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