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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)
  • 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

81 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    41 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (2%)
  • 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
Mounted X choke
2
1
#ff9124
50/50 armbar
2
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle/kimura
2
1
#22c9a5
Brabo choke
2
1
#fad223
Triangle armbar
2
1
#03861f
RNC
2
1
#039a1f
Choke
2
1
#03b41f
Americana
2
1
#03c61f
Wristlock
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Cross choke
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
2401Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2009
2476Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropean76KGSF2010
2529Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 3x0Pan American76KG4F2010
2593Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2612Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22010
2639Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2867Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2931Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGSF2011
2944Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KG4F2011
3125Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
3253Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2011
3416Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3421Ed RamosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3494Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
3638Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3766Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
4008Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2012
4215Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4555Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
4981Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
5237Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
5334Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
5429Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5761Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
7402Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
9246Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American82KGSF2016
9922Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
16271Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2018
20142Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2019
2082Dan CherubinWPointsTokyo InternationalABSN/A2009
2083Renan BorgesWBow and arrowPGC Superfight76KGSPF2009
2398Patrick HeadWTriangle/kimuraNoGi Worlds76KG4F2009
2399Phillipe MonicaWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2009
2429Marcos TorregrosaMarcos TorregrosaWChoke from backAmerican Nat.76KGSF2009
2431Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWArmlockAmerican Nat.76KGF2009
2528Joao SobrinhoWBrabo chokePan American76KG8F2010
2588Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWN/AMiami Open76KGF2010
2611Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR12010
2638Lucas LepriLucas LepriWChoke from backBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2774Dominic TafuriWN/AADCC US Trials77KGR12010
2804Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2930Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 2x0World P. NoGi74KG4F2011
3007Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3021Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3099Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2011
3221Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12011
3425Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3428Moacir MendesMoacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3491Tiago RochaTiago RochaWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open76KG4F2012
3492Ed RamosWBow and arrowEuropean Open76KGSF2012
3757I. BulutWBow and arrowWorld Pro.76KGR12012
3760Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
3997Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGR22012
4004UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR32012
4158Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
4159Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
4162Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
4163James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
4211Marcelo M.WArmbarNoGi Worlds76KG4F2012
4213Dustin AkbariWDQNoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4457Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4548Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGR22013
4552Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG4F2013
4973Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4978Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2013
5082Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
5084Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
5236Leo IturraldeWBow and arrowEuropean82KGSF2014
5326Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGR12014
5332Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5744L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5753Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KG8F2014
5757Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG4F2014
5759Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
5915Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5916Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
6184Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6531Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGR22015
6537Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG4F2015
6541Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
6762Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22015
6765Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2015
6770AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
7394Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG8F2015
7398Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2015
9011Javier YamuniWSubmissionHouston Open82KGSF2016
9013Kenneth PrimolaWSubmissionHouston Open82KGF2016
9232Josh GuzmanWAmericanaPan American82KGR12016
9239Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
9244Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 10x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9912Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9920Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
12267Athos RibeiroWWristlockNY Spring Open82KGSF2017
12268Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWArmlockNY Spring Open82KGF2017
13286Luiz RufinoWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGSF2017
13287Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGF2017
13748Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
13754Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
13757Garry TononGarry TononWReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13759Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGF2017
14656Ben HendersonWChoke from backF2W Pro 5982KGSPF2018
15182Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15188Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 12x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2018
15192Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWTrianglePan American76KGSF2018
16260Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 7x4World Champ.76KGR32018
17663Dylan RoyceWArmbarF2W Pro 9077KGSPF2018
18036Athos MirandaWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18759Colin AlexanderWCross chokeAtlanta W. Open82KG4F2019
18767Colby DobbinsWMounted X chokeAtlanta W. OpenABSR12019
18771Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 2x0Atlanta W. OpenABS4F2019
18773Thomas McMahonWPts: 14x0Atlanta W. OpenABSSF2019
20141Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarW50/50 armbarWorld Champ.82KGR22019

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