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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.

JT Torres Instructional

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JT Torres Grappling Record

95 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    46 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    3 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

46 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
28
13
#86e620
Bow and arrow
13
6
#5AD3D1
Submission
11
5
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
3
#fad11b
Armbar
7
3
#f58822
RNC
4
2
#224aba
Armlock
4
2
#ff9124
Brabo choke
4
2
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
2
1
#22c9a5
Choke
2
1
#fad223
Americana
2
1
#03861f
Wristlock
2
1
#039a1f
Triangle
2
1
#03b41f
Cross choke
2
1
#03c61f
Mounted X choke
2
1
#03d61f
50/50 armbar
2
1
#03f61f
Katagatame
2
1
#82ff5f
Triangle/kimura
2
1
46
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
32 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (31%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
1
#86e620
Choke
25
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
25
1
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

JT Torres Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2415Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2009
2490Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropean76KGSF2010
2543Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 3x0Pan American76KG4F2010
2607Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2626Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22010
2653Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2881Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2945Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGSF2011
2958Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KG4F2011
3139Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
3267Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2011
3432Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3437Ed RamosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3510Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
3654Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3782Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
4023Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2012
4230Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4575Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
5003Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
5261Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
5364Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
5459Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5795Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
7449Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
9305Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American82KGSF2016
9986Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
16513Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2018
20652Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2019
35034PJ BarchPJ BarchLPts: 4x0ADCC77KG4F2022
40352Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12023
48412Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 9x6NYC SPO82KGF2024
49500Nicky RyanNicky RyanLStraight ankle lockWNO 2377KGSPF2024
2094Dan CherubinWPointsTokyo InternationalABSN/A2009
2095Renan BorgesWBow and arrowPGC Superfight76KGSPF2009
2412Patrick HeadWTriangle/kimuraNoGi Worlds76KG4F2009
2413Phillipe MonicaWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2009
2443Marcos TorregrosaMarcos TorregrosaWChoke from backAmerican Nat.76KGSF2009
2445Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWArmlockAmerican Nat.76KGF2009
2542Joao SobrinhoWBrabo chokePan American76KG8F2010
2602Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWN/AMiami Open76KGF2010
2625Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR12010
2652Lucas LepriLucas LepriWChoke from backBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2788Dominic TafuriWPointsADCC US Trials77KGR12010
2818Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2944Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 2x0World P. NoGi74KG4F2011
3021Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3035Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3113Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2011
3235Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12011
3441Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3444Moacir MendesMoacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3507Tiago RochaTiago RochaWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open76KG4F2012
3508Ed RamosWBow and arrowEuropean Open76KGSF2012
3773I. BulutWBow and arrowWorld Pro.76KGR12012
3776Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
4012Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGR22012
4019UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR32012
4173Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
4174Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
4177Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
4178James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
4226Marcelo M.WArmbarNoGi Worlds76KG4F2012
4228Dustin AkbariWDQNoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4474Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4568Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGR22013
4572Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG4F2013
4995Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWRNCADCC77KGR12013
5000Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2013
5104Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds73KGSF2013
5106Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGF2013
5260Leo IturraldeWBow and arrowEuropean82KGSF2014
5356Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGR12014
5362Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5778L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5787Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KG8F2014
5791Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG4F2014
5793Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
5949Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5950Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
6218Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6575Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGR22015
6581Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG4F2015
6585Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
6808Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22015
6811Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2015
6816AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
7441Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG8F2015
7445Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2015
9069Javier YamuniWSubmissionHouston Open82KGSF2016
9071Kenneth PrimolaWSubmissionHouston Open82KGF2016
9291Josh GuzmanWAmericanaPan American82KGR12016
9298Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
9303Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 10x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9976Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9984Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
12388Athos RibeiroWWristlockNY Spring Open82KGSF2017
12389Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWArmlockNY Spring Open82KGF2017
13430Luiz RufinoWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGSF2017
13431Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGF2017
13896Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
13902Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
13905Garry TononGarry TononWReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13907Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGF2017
14859Ben HendersonWChoke from backF2W 5982KGSPF2018
15396Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15402Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 12x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2018
15406Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWTrianglePan American76KGSF2018
16502Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 6x4World Champ.76KGR32018
17993Dylan RoyceWArmbarF2W 9077KGSPF2018
18388Athos MirandaWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
19185Colin AlexanderWCross chokeAtlanta WO82KG4F2019
19193Colby DobbinsWMounted X chokeAtlanta WOABSR12019
19197Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 2x0Atlanta WOABS4F2019
19199Thomas McMahonWPts: 14x0Atlanta WOABSSF2019
20651Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarW50/50 armbarWorld Champ.82KGR22019
21255Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionF2W 11977KGSPF2019
21853Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KGR12019
21860DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 3x0ADCC77KG4F2019
21895Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGSF2019
21898Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGF2019
32676Chris GabrielsonWRNCDenver NGO85KGSF2022
32677Juan CarlosWKatagatameDenver NGOABS4F2022
32682Joao CostaJoao CostaWKneebarDenver NGOABSSF2022
35026Kenta IwamotoKenta IwamotoWReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12022
37848Magid HageWReferee DecisionWNO77KGSPF2023
39269Breno MacielWPointsChicago SPO82KGSF2023
39270Rehan MuttalibWChoke from backChicago SPO82KGF2023
48409Mathaus AndersonWPts: 35x0NYC SPO82KG4F2024
48410Christopher WhiteWBrabo chokeNYC SPO82KGSF2024

JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett

 

5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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