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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

32 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (22%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
22
4
#86e620
Botinha
22
4
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
3
#d1212a
Kneebar
17
3
#fad11b
Inverted triangle
6
1
#f58822
Armbar
6
1
#224aba
Flying armbar
6
1
#ff9124
Choke
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Submission
33
1
#86e620
Bow and arrow
33
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11604Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11674Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
11898Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12103Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12120Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12543Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
12801Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13026Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13186Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13425Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13455Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
13746Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14309Kit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14556Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
14880Kauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15208Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington Open76KGF2018
15887Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16208Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16286Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16301Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17026J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
11526Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11528Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11529UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11530F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11531Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11532Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11597Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11598Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11599Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11659Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11662Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11665Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11673Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11676Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
11884Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12101Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12408Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12409Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12537Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12542Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13120Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
13742Kauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
14520Thiago LemosWKneebarLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14522Alexandre MolinaroWAdvLos Angeles Open76KGF2018
14648Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15380Cesar CasamajoWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KG4F2018
16279Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16291Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16296Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16558Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
16559Jeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17020Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018

Johnny Tama 2017 Highlight

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