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JT Torres, also known as “The Spiderman”, is a gifted Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt with an extensive and impressive list of accomplishments such as his wins at the World and Pan American Nogi Championships at the black belt level. With one of the most fan pleasing games in the sport, this American native is part of an exciting generation of  US grapplers that started making their mark in a sport heavily dominated by Brazilians. JT Torres became a household name in BJJ competing for Lloyd Irvin‘s academy but chose to leave the Maryland team in 2013 after a series of sexual abuse accusations were brought to light regarding some of his training partners and coach. Since then JT Torres moved to the Atos academy, where he experienced his best sporting period.

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 team mates said it resembles a spider as it ‘webbed up’ it’s victims.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > J. Pereira > L. Dalla > L. Irvin > JT Torres

Main Titles

  • Pan American Champion (2015)
  • Pan American Nogi Champion (2010)
  • European Champion (2015)
  • World BJJ Nogi Champion (2013)
  • New York Open Champion (2010)
  • Miami Open Champion (2010)
  • World Silver Medallist (2014)
  • World Nogi Silver Medallist (2009, 2012)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2010)
  • European Open Silver Medallist (2012)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2006 blue, 2007 purple, 2009 black)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2011)
  • World Nogi Bronze Medallist (2010)
  • Pan American Bronze Medallist (2016, 2009 brown)

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

Favourite Position/Technique: Spider Guard & Armbar

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 a 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 on show from the get go, managing to achieve his blue belt in only 6 months.

Torres then moved academies and started practicing under Louis Vintaloro at Performance BJJ in New Jersey, with whom he received his purple and brown belts in less then 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, 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 team mate 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 team mates left the TLI camp and moved to Andre Galvao‘s Atos Academy in San Diego, California.

JT Torres Grappling Record

63 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (3%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
9
#86e620
Bow and arrow
15
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
7
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
2
#fad11b
Submission
7
2
#f58822
Americana
4
1
#224aba
Wristlock
4
1
#ff9124
Armlock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle/kimura
4
1
#22c9a5
Brabo choke
4
1
#fad223
Triangle armbar
4
1
#03861f
RNC
4
1
#039a1f
Choke
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (35%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (12%)
  • 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
2381Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2009
2454Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropean76KGSF2010
2507Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 3x0Pan American76KG4F2010
2570Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2589Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22010
2616Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2817Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2880Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGSF2011
2890Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KG4F2011
3070Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
3187Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2011
3350Leandro LoLeandro LoDPts: 2x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3355Ed RamosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3425Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
3569Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3695Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
3929Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2012
4137Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4453Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
4867Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
5103Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
5200Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
5295Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5613Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
7188Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
8960Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American82KGSF2016
9628Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
2062Dan CherubinWPointsTokyo InternationalABSN/A2009
2063Renan BorgesWBow and arrowPGC Superfight76KGSPF2009
2378Patrick HeadWTriangle/kimuraNoGi Worlds76KG4F2009
2379Phillipe MonicaWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2009
2409Marcos TorregrosaMarcos TorregrosaWChoke from backAmerican Nat.76KGSF2009
2411Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWN/AAmerican Nat.76KGF2009
2506Joao SobrinhoWBrabo chokePan American76KG8F2010
2565Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWN/AMiami Open76KGF2010
2588Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR12010
2615Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2755Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2879Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 2x0World P. NoGi74KG4F2011
2953Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2967Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3044Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2011
3155Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12011
3359Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3362Moacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3422Tiago RochaTiago RochaWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open76KG4F2012
3423Ed RamosWBow and arrowEuropean Open76KGSF2012
3686I. BulutWN/AWorld Pro.76KGR12012
3689Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
3918Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGR22012
3925UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR32012
4081Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
4082Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
4085Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
4086James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
4133Marcelo M.WArmbarNoGi Worlds76KG4F2012
4135Dustin AkbariWDQNoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4359Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4446Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGR22013
4450Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG4F2013
4859Eduardo RiosWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4864Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2013
4869Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWN/AADCC77KG3PLC2013
4969Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
4971Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
5102Leo IturraldeWN/AEuropean82KGSF2014
5192Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGR12014
5198Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5596L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5605Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KG8F2014
5609Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG4F2014
5611Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
5755Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5756Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
6020Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6339Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGR22015
6345Eduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG4F2015
6349Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
6564Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22015
6567Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2015
6572AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
7180Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG8F2015
7184Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2015
8737Javier YamuniWSubmissionHouston Open82KGSF2016
8739Kenneth PrimolaWSubmissionHouston Open82KGF2016
8946Josh GuzmanWAmericanaPan American82KGR12016
8953Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
8958Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 10x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9618Lachlan GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9626Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11816Athos RibeiroWWristlockNY Spring Open82KGSF2017
11817Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWArmlockNY Spring Open82KGF2017

JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett

 

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