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Jonathan Torres, commonly known as JT Torres is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Lloyd Irvin, who worked extensively with André Galvão before opening his own academy, Essential BJJ. One of the most accomplished lightweight grapplers of his generation, Torres made waves as a competitor with a crowd-pleasing style and a wealth of accomplishments at the highest level, including titles in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) and International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuits.

JT Torres Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Jonathan Torres

Nickname: JT is short for Jonathan, while ‘Spiderman’ was a name awarded to him because of his grip strength. His grips are so strong that his teammates said it resembles a spider as it ‘webbed up’ it’s victims.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (Senior) > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leonardo Dalla > Lloyd Irvin > JT Torres

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2017 / 2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015 / 2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2010)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Open (2010)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Open (2010)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2009/2012)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2010)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2012)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2009)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2011)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2010)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2007 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2006 blue, 2009 brown)

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg-167lbs)

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Team/Association: Atos

JT Torres Biography

JT Torres was born on the 2nd of September, 1989 in New York – United States of America. He began training martial arts early in life, achieving a black belt in Karate even before he started High School. Though as he reached a more mature age (early teens) he decided to quit Karate to dedicate himself to other more traditional sports.

He became part of his High school Basketball team, but when he got cut-off he found himself without physical activity. His father proposed he should go back to Karate, but Jonathan was not keen to return. Instead, he heard his old martial arts school was offering a small Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. JT had heard of this sport and decided to sign up. It was love at first sight, JT was a “natural” and felt very comfortable grappling, having almost immediately signed up to a jiu-jitsu school. His talent was clear from the get-go, managing to achieve his blue belt in only 6 months.

Torres would later join coach Louis Vintaloro at Performance BJJ in New Jersey, with whom he received his purple and brown belts in less than 3 years. He was very successful under Vintaloro winning the Pan American Championship on 2 occasions but decided to switch to a more professional team after those, then joining Lloyd Irvin in Maryland. He achieved his black belt from Lloyd Irvin in 2009.

In 2013, after a series of scandals at Team Lloyd Irvin regarding the rape of a female teammate by two male TLI competitors as well as allegations that Lloyd Irvin himself had molested one or more female team members, JT Torres, and a few other teammates left the TLI camp and moved to Andre Galvao‘s Atos Academy in San Diego, California.

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JT Torres Grappling Record

86 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    41 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    3 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

41 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
29
12
#86e620
Bow and arrow
15
6
#5AD3D1
Submission
12
5
#d1212a
Armbar
7
3
#fad11b
Armlock
5
2
#f58822
Kneebar
5
2
#224aba
Choke
2
1
#ff9124
Americana
2
1
#bf1f6c
Wristlock
2
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
2
1
#fad223
Cross choke
2
1
#03861f
Mounted X choke
2
1
#039a1f
50/50 armbar
2
1
#03b41f
Triangle/kimura
2
1
#03c61f
Brabo choke
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle armbar
2
1
#03f61f
RNC
2
1
41
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (32%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
1
#86e620
Choke
33
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

JT Torres Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2410Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2009
2485Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropean76KGSF2010
2538Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 3x0Pan American76KG4F2010
2602Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2621Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22010
2648Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2876Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2940Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGSF2011
2953Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KG4F2011
3134Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
3262Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2011
3425Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3430Ed RamosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3503Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
3647Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3775Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
4017Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2012
4224Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4564Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
4990Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
5246Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
5343Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
5438Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5770Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
7418Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
9262Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American82KGSF2016
9937Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
16311Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2018
20211Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2019
2088Dan CherubinWPointsTokyo InternationalABSN/A2009
2089Renan BorgesWBow and arrowPGC Superfight76KGSPF2009
2407Patrick HeadWTriangle/kimuraNoGi Worlds76KG4F2009
2408Phillipe MonicaWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2009
2438Marcos TorregrosaMarcos TorregrosaWChoke from backAmerican Nat.76KGSF2009
2440Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWArmlockAmerican Nat.76KGF2009
2537Joao SobrinhoWBrabo chokePan American76KG8F2010
2597Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWN/AMiami Open76KGF2010
2620Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR12010
2647Lucas LepriLucas LepriWChoke from backBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2783Dominic TafuriWPointsADCC US Trials77KGR12010
2813Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2939Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 2x0World P. NoGi74KG4F2011
3016Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3030Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3108Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2011
3230Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12011
3434Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3437Moacir MendesMoacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3500Tiago RochaTiago RochaWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open76KG4F2012
3501Ed RamosWBow and arrowEuropean Open76KGSF2012
3766I. BulutWBow and arrowWorld Pro.76KGR12012
3769Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
4006Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGR22012
4013UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR32012
4167Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
4168Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
4171Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
4172James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
4220Marcelo M.WArmbarNoGi Worlds76KG4F2012
4222Dustin AkbariWDQNoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4466Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4557Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGR22013
4561Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG4F2013
4982Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4987Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2013
5091Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
5093Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
5245Leo IturraldeWBow and arrowEuropean82KGSF2014
5335Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGR12014
5341Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5753L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5762Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KG8F2014
5766Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG4F2014
5768Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
5924Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5925Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
6193Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6547Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGR22015
6553Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG4F2015
6557Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
6778Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22015
6781Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2015
6786AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
7410Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG8F2015
7414Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2015
9027Javier YamuniWSubmissionHouston Open82KGSF2016
9029Kenneth PrimolaWSubmissionHouston Open82KGF2016
9248Josh GuzmanWAmericanaPan American82KGR12016
9255Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
9260Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 10x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9927Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9935Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
12292Athos RibeiroWWristlockNY Spring Open82KGSF2017
12293Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWArmlockNY Spring Open82KGF2017
13316Luiz RufinoWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGSF2017
13317Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGF2017
13778Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
13784Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
13787Garry TononGarry TononWReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13789Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGF2017
14696Ben HendersonWChoke from backF2W Pro 5982KGSPF2018
15222Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15228Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 12x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2018
15232Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWTrianglePan American76KGSF2018
16300Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 7x4World Champ.76KGR32018
17717Dylan RoyceWArmbarF2W Pro 9077KGSPF2018
18088Athos MirandaWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18818Colin AlexanderWCross chokeAtlanta W. Open82KG4F2019
18826Colby DobbinsWMounted X chokeAtlanta W. OpenABSR12019
18830Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 2x0Atlanta W. OpenABS4F2019
18832Thomas McMahonWPts: 14x0Atlanta W. OpenABSSF2019
20210Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarW50/50 armbarWorld Champ.82KGR22019
20786Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11977KGSPF2019
21312Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KGR12019
21319DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 3x0ADCC77KG4F2019
21348Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGSF2019
21351Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGF2019

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