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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: Carlos GracieHelio Gracie >Rolls GracieRomero CavalcantiFábio Gurgel > Fernando Di Piero > Juan 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)
  • 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

60 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
17
5
#86e620
Botinha
17
5
#5AD3D1
Armbar
10
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
10
3
#fad11b
RNC
10
3
#f58822
Kneebar
10
3
#224aba
Choke
7
2
#ff9124
Flying armbar
3
1
#bf1f6c
Crucifix choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
3
1
#fad223
Triangle
3
1
#03861f
Inverted triangle
3
1
29
(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
12298Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12315Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12747Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
13019Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13246Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13420Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13671Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13703Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
14004Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14615Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14909Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15253Kauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15631Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16350Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16702Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16787Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16804Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17612J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
17973Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18219Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 9575KGSPF2018
18361Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18944Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
18952Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
19843Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
20121Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20564Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20575Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20587Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
21191Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KGF2019
21864Kauan BarbozaLDQLong Beach Open76KGSF2019
21880Gabriel 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
12296Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12608Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12609Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12741Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12746Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13343Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
14000Kauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
14873Thiago LemosWKneebarLos Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14875Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15007Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15820Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16780Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16794Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16799Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17093Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17094Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17606Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17851Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
17852Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
17868Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
17869Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
17870Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
17970Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
18873Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
18875Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19278Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
19840Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
19842Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
19864David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
19865Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
20119Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20272Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20572John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20574Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20585Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019
21189Khalil FadlallahWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2019
21190Breno MacielWEstima lockNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2019
21334Kevin BerbrichWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12674KGSPF2019
21523Diego SantanaWRNCF2W Pro 12777KGSPF2019
21861Youngam NohWRNCLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
21877Nathan BarretoWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSR12019
22273Tomoshige SeraWTriangleNoGi Worlds73KGR12019
22279Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2019
22284Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KGSF2019
22285Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds73KGF2019

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