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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)
  • Fight 2 Win 170 lbs Champion (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Charleston Summer Open (2021)
  • 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 AJP Ecuador National Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place AJP NY National Pro (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2019 / 2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF NY Spring Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2021)
  • 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

87 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    44 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

44 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
14
6
#86e620
Botinha
14
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
11
5
#d1212a
Choke from back
11
5
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
9
4
#f58822
RNC
9
4
#224aba
Choke
7
3
#ff9124
Kneebar
7
3
#bf1f6c
Kimura
5
2
#22c9a5
Crucifix choke
2
1
#fad223
Katagatame
2
1
#03861f
Triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03b41f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Flying armbar
2
1
44
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
63 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    28 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
27
3
#86e620
Submission
9
1
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
9
1
#d1212a
Botinha
9
1
#fad11b
Triangle
9
1
#f58822
Guillotine
9
1
#224aba
Darce choke
9
1
#ff9124
Aoki lock
9
1
#bf1f6c
Estima lock
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11858Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11943Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12170Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12384Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12401Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12836Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
13111Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13340Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13517Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13771Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13803Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
14110Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14727Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
15046Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15389Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15773Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16500Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16859Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16944Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16961Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17797J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
18182Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18438Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W 9575KGSPF2018
18593Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
19214Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
19222Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 3x0Miami W. OpenABSSF2019
20154Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
20435Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20895Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20906Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20918Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
21576Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KGF2019
22366Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLDQLong Beach Open76KGSF2019
22382Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
23393Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 13677KGSPF2020
23492Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23705Dante LeonDante LeonLTriangleF2W 142N/ASPF2020
23737Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPointsJitz King84KGR12020
23776Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLGuillotine3CG Kumite III81KG4F2020
23833Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLReferee DecisionKumite V81KG4F2020
23904Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionKumite 676KGSPF2020
23920Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
23994Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
23999Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA77KGRPC2020
24128Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 5x2Pan American76KG8F2020
24959Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsThird Coast70KGSPF2020
25163Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x0Dallas Open76KGF2021
25358Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionWNO 777KGSPF2021
25555Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2EUG 170KG4F2021
26081Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2NoGi Pan Am.73KGF2021
26224Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLAdvMiami Open76KGSF2021
26899Igor FelizIgor FelizLPts: 2x2, AdvAustin Open76KGSF2021
26915Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 5x0Austin OpenABS4F2021
27531Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLDQPan American76KG8F2021
27862Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLDarce chokeWNO Champ.84KG4F2021
29452Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
31559Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLChoke from backPan American76KGR12022
32345Daniel DinizDaniel DinizLPts: 4x2SD Open76KGSF2022
32365Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 3x2SD OpenABSSF2022
32389Vagner RochaVagner RochaLAoki lockSD NGOABSF2022
32804Marcelo FaustoMarcelo FaustoLEstima lockWorld Champ.76KGR12022
33755Joshua BacallaoLN/APhoenix NGO79KGF2022
33767Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezLPts: 2x0Phoenix NGOABSSF2022
11778Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11780Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11781UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11782F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11783Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11784Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11851Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11852Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11853Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11928Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11931Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11934Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11942Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11945Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12156Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12382Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12697Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12698Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12830Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12835Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13440Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
14106Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
15010Thiago LemosWKneebarLA Open76KG4F2018
15012Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLA Open76KGSF2018
15144Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15965Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16937Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16951Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16956Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17264Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17265Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17791Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
18047Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
18048Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
18064Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
18065Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
18066Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
18179Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
19143Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
19145Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19573Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
20151Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
20153Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
20175David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
20176Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
20433Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20596Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20903John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20905Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20916Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019
21574Khalil FadlallahWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2019
21575Breno MacielWEstima lockNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2019
21742Kevin BerbrichWReferee DecisionF2W 12674KGSPF2019
21938Diego SantanaWRNCF2W 12777KGSPF2019
22363Youngam NohWRNCLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
22379Nathan BarretoWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSR12019
22826Tomoshige SeraWTriangleNoGi Worlds73KGR12019
22832Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2019
22837Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KGSF2019
22838Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds73KGF2019
23696Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 13975KGSPF2020
23991Mauricio GomezWKimuraGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
24122Mauricio EstebanWPts: 11x2Pan American76KGR12020
24928Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWReferee DecisionF2W 15983KGSPF2020
25160Dylan WhyteWChoke from backDallas Open76KG4F2021
25162Tyler ScalisiWChokeDallas Open76KGSF2021
26070H. AbbasWInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26078Josh MurdockWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.73KG4F2021
26080Kieran KichukKieran KichukWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KGSF2021
26223Michael DanyusWKimuraMiami Open76KG4F2021
26896Tyler ScalisiWBow and arrowAustin Open76KG4F2021
27158Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWInside heel hookF2W 18077KGSPF2021
27290Daniel MairaDaniel MairaWPts: 7x4Charleston SO76KG4F2021
27291Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWReferee DecisionCharleston SO76KGSF2021
27293Nick SallesNick SallesWPts: 4x0Charleston SO76KGF2021
27949Spyke CarlisleWArmbarBJJ FanaticsABSR12021
27955Nick RonanWReferee DecisionBJJ FanaticsABSSF2021
29447Adriano AraujoWBotinhaWorld Champ.76KGR12021
31897Eduardo RoqueEduardo RoqueWEstima lockNashville Open76KGSF2022
31899Theodore SandersWChoke from backNashville Open76KGF2022
31915Clay MayfieldWInside heel hookNashville NGO79KGSF2022
31916Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionNashville NGO79KGF2022
32342Patrick CahilWArmbarSD Open76KG4F2022
32386Thiago CesarWInside heel hookSD NGOABS4F2022
32388Antonio ZuazoWPts: 8x0SD NGOABSSF2022
33754Gabriel SilvaWN/APhoenix NGO79KGSF2022
33765Thiago AmorimWRNCPhoenix NGOABS4F2022

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