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Jonathan Thomas, often referenced as Jon Thomas, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Master Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré) and Lucas Lepri, who also worked extensively with Rubens Charles (Cobrinha) and Rodrigo Vaghi. Thomas gained notoriety while competing in the lower ranks of BJJ’s international sporting circuit, after repeated wins at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World and Pan American Championships. Jonathan would later lead a successful competitive career as a black belt athlete and as a coach for the Swedish grappling academy, Valhalla Jiu-Jitsu.

Jonathan Thomas Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Jonathan Paul Thomas

Nickname: The Portuguese name “Macarrão” has been associated with Thomas and his style of BJJ play. The name means “spaghetti”, and is often used to describe lanky guard/flexible players.

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson GracieSérgio Souza (Bolão) > Mauro Chueng > Elan Santiago > Lucas Lepri > Jonathan Thomas

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Jonathan Thomas

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Miami Spring Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Atlanta Open Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF Paris Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Poznan Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Munich Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Boca Raton Open Champion (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belt):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2009 purple, 2011 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan Champion (2007 blue, 2009 purple, 2011 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Toreando Pass

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Valhalla Jiu Jitsu

Jonathan Thomas Biography

Jonathan Thomas was born on August 25, 1986, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America, where he grew up.

During his childhood Thomas picked up an interest in martial arts (MA), going on to practice a traditional style, at a local sports club, named Goshin Jitsu – a MA geared towards self-defense. At this same club, there was also a judo class which young Jonathan joined, and it was through the famous Olympic combat sport that he was introduced to competition.

As a teenager, Jon stumbled across the VHS tapes of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Watching Royce Gracie, the smallest athlete on the tournament, overcome his opposition made a big impact in Thomas. He sought out a few books on the subject and studied the positions with his judo training partners, which further fueled his curiosity for Gracie’s jiu-jitsu.

After a few months of dissecting BJJ books, Jonathan Thomas decided to join a Saint Louis based grappling club led by one of Rickson Gracie‘s most well-known students – Rodrigo Vaghi.

Under Vaghi’s tuition, Thomas became a competent competitor in the local and national scene. All this while working on his engineering mathematics degree. After reaching his purple belt, in 2008, Jon decided to postpone his entry in the mathematics professional market for a chance to train with Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, one of Jon’s idols, at the Alliance Headquarters in Atlanta – Georgia.

After two years in Atlanta, Thomas decided to finally join the professional market, moving to Washington DC where he worked in the satellite industry, training with Ryan Hall. Although engaging in a rewarding and prosperous career, where he regularly briefed high-ranking military officers, his time in DC was shortlived as the passion for jiu-jitsu spoke lower than space. This led Jonathan to drop his working arrangements and travel back to Atlanta where he re-joined Alliance. In Georgia, Jonathan met Cobrinha once again, who later left to Los Angeles. From then on the young Missourian was taught by Lucas Lepri and Master Romero Cavalcanti at the Alliance HQ. It was Lepri and Cavalcanti, who promoted Jonathan to black belt in unison in late 2013.

Although working a full-time job, and competing in the sport’s top tournaments, Thomas also paid regular visits to Europe, leading a few BJJ related workshops in the Old Continent. During one of his recurring visits to Göteborg, Sweden, Thomas was invited to become a full-time coach at the Valhalla Jiu-Jitsu academy, a position he accepted, leaving a promising career in the rocket building industry behind.

Cover photo by William Burkhardt.

Jonathan Thomas Grappling Record

15 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
30
3
#86e620
Submission
20
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
10
1
#d1212a
Brabo choke
10
1
#fad11b
Armbar
10
1
#f58822
Choke
10
1
#224aba
Bow and arrow
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
5 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (20%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (40%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Terra footlock
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Jonathan Thomas Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6030Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLReferee DecisionNYC Pro70KG4F2014
6440Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLTerra footlockEuropean70KG4F2015
7324Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
12838Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KG8F2017
14510Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open70KG4F2018
5796Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backAtlanta Open70KGF2014
6435Tiago BravoTiago BravoWTriangleEuropean70KGR12015
7172Vitor RiciottiWBrabo chokeBoca Raton Open70KGSF2015
7173Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWSubmissionBoca Raton Open70KGF2015
7323Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGR12015
8969Tsuyoshi TamakiWChoke from backMunich Open70KGF2016
9817Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGR12016
11027Eric SatgeWChokeParis Open70KGSF2016
11028Jason GagnonJason GagnonWPointsParis Open70KGF2016
11168Ashley WilliamsAshley WilliamsWPointsPoznan Open70KGSF2016
11169Rafael SalomaoWSubmissionPoznan Open70KGF2016
12682Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPointsMiami Spring Open70KGSF2017
12684Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 5x4Miami Spring Open70KGF2017
12830Silvio DuranSilvio DuranWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KGR12017
14504Luciano QueirozWChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12018

Jonathan Thomas vs Vitor Riciotti

Jonathan Thomas on Lasso Guard

Jonathan Thomas on Guard Retention

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