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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:

  • IBJJF Houston International Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Boston Spring International Open Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Ecuador National Pro Champion (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF Dallas International Open (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2014 purple, 2015 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2015 brown)

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

41 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
24
5
#86e620
Estima lock
19
4
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
14
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
14
3
#fad11b
Armbar
10
2
#f58822
Inverted triangle
5
1
#224aba
Flying armbar
5
1
#ff9124
RNC
5
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11744Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11818Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12044Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12255Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12272Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12698Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
12968Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13193Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13366Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13616Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13648Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
13945Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14530Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14793Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15123Kauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15478Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16172Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16514Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16599Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16615Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17395J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
17740Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
17974Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 9575KGSPF2018
18114Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18651Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
18659Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
11664Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11666Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11667UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11668F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11669Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11670Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11737Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11738Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11739Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11803Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11806Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11809Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11817Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11820Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12030Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12253Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12563Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12564Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12692Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12697Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13289Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
13941Kauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
14757Thiago LemosWKneebarLos Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14759Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14889Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15653Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16592Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16605Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16610Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16897Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
16898Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17389Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17618Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
17619Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
17635Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
17636Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
17637Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
17737Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
18580Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
18582Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
18969Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019

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