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Johnny Tama

Johnny Tama

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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 Pan American Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF Houston International Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Boston Spring International Open Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Ecuador National Pro Champion (2017)
  • 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

22 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (23%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (64%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
29
4
#86e620
Botinha
29
4
#5AD3D1
Choke
7
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
1
#fad11b
Inverted triangle
7
1
#f58822
Armbar
7
1
#224aba
Choke from back
7
1
#ff9124
Flying armbar
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (27%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Submission
50
1
#86e620
Bow and arrow
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11520Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
11745Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
11946Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
11963Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12374Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
12625Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
12849Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
12995Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLN/ASan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13207Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13238Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
13507Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
11381Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11383Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11384UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11385F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11386Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11387Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11449Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11450Thiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11451Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11505Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11508Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11511Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11519Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11522Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
11731Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
11944Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12240Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12241Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12368Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12373Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
12935Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
13503Kauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017

Johnny Tama 2014 Purple Belt Highlight

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