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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

56 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
18
5
#86e620
Botinha
18
5
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
11
3
#d1212a
RNC
11
3
#fad11b
Kneebar
11
3
#f58822
Armbar
11
3
#224aba
Choke
7
2
#ff9124
Flying armbar
4
1
#bf1f6c
Crucifix choke
4
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
4
1
#fad223
Inverted triangle
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (24%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (6%)

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
11784Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11858Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12084Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12295Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12312Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12740Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
13012Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13237Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13411Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13662Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13694Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
13995Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14599Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14891Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15235Kauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15608Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16318Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16665Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16750Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16767Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17569J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
17926Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18166Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 9575KGSPF2018
18308Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18886Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
18894Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
19775Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
20051Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20491Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20502Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20514Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
21107Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KGF2019
21768Kauan BarbozaLDQLong Beach Open76KGSF2019
21784Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
11704Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11706Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11707UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11708F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11709Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11710Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11777Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11778Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11779Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11843Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11846Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11849Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11857Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11860Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12070Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12293Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12605Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12606Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12734Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12739Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13334Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
13991Kauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
14855Thiago LemosWKneebarLos Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14857Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14989Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15797Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16743Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16757Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16762Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17053Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17054Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17563Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17804Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
17805Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
17821Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
17822Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
17823Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
17923Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
18815Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
18817Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19214Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
19772Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
19774Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
19796David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
19797Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
20049Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20199Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20499John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20501Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20512Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019
21105Khalil FadlallahWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2019
21106Breno MacielWEstima lockNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2019
21250Kevin BerbrichWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12674KGSPF2019
21433Diego SantanaWRNCF2W Pro 12777KGSPF2019
21765Youngam NohWRNCLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
21781Nathan BarretoWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSR12019

Johnny Tama 2017 Highlight

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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