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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 Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2018/2015)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF No-Gi World Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF No-Gi Pan American Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF New York Open Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF Miami Open Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2014)
  • IBJJF No-Gi World Championship 2nd Place (2009/2012)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2010)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship 2nd Place (2012)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2009 black, 2007 purple, )
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2011)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016, 2009 brown, 2006 blue)
  • IBJJF No-Gi World Championship 3rd Place (2010)

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

79 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (3%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
30
12
#86e620
Bow and arrow
15
6
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
5
#d1212a
Armbar
8
3
#fad11b
Armlock
5
2
#f58822
Kneebar
5
2
#224aba
Americana
3
1
#ff9124
Wristlock
3
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
3
1
#22c9a5
Cross choke
3
1
#fad223
Mounted X choke
3
1
#03861f
Triangle/kimura
3
1
#039a1f
Brabo choke
3
1
#03b41f
Triangle armbar
3
1
#03c61f
RNC
3
1
#03d61f
Choke
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (33%)
  • 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
2861Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2925Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGSF2011
2938Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KG4F2011
3119Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
3247Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2011
3410Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3415Ed RamosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3488Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
3632Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3760Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
4002Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2012
4209Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4549Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
4975Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
5231Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
5328Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
5423Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5755Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
7396Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
9240Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American82KGSF2016
9916Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
16255Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2018
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
2798Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2924Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 2x0World P. NoGi74KG4F2011
3001Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3015Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3093Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2011
3215Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12011
3419Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3422Moacir MendesMoacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3485Tiago RochaTiago RochaWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open76KG4F2012
3486Ed RamosWBow and arrowEuropean Open76KGSF2012
3751I. BulutWBow and arrowWorld Pro.76KGR12012
3754Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
3991Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGR22012
3998UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR32012
4152Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
4153Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
4156Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
4157James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
4205Marcelo M.WArmbarNoGi Worlds76KG4F2012
4207Dustin AkbariWDQNoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4451Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4542Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGR22013
4546Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG4F2013
4967Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4972Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2013
5076Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
5078Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
5230Leo IturraldeWBow and arrowEuropean82KGSF2014
5320Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGR12014
5326Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5738L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5747Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KG8F2014
5751Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG4F2014
5753Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
5909Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5910Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
6178Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6525Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGR22015
6531Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG4F2015
6535Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
6756Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22015
6759Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2015
6764AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
7388Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG8F2015
7392Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2015
9005Javier YamuniWSubmissionHouston Open82KGSF2016
9007Kenneth PrimolaWSubmissionHouston Open82KGF2016
9226Josh GuzmanWAmericanaPan American82KGR12016
9233Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
9238Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 10x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9906Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9914Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
12260Athos RibeiroWWristlockNY Spring Open82KGSF2017
12261Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWArmlockNY Spring Open82KGF2017
13279Luiz RufinoWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGSF2017
13280Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGF2017
13741Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
13747Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
13750Garry TononGarry TononWReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13752Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGF2017
14644Ben HendersonWChoke from backF2W Pro 5982KGSPF2018
15166Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15172Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 12x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2018
15176Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWTrianglePan American76KGSF2018
16244Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 7x4World Champ.76KGR32018
17646Dylan RoyceWArmbarF2W Pro 9077KGSPF2018
18019Athos MirandaWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18718Colin AlexanderWCross chokeAtlanta W. Open82KG4F2019
18726Colby DobbinsWMounted X chokeAtlanta W. OpenABSR12019
18730Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 2x0Atlanta W. OpenABS4F2019
18732Thomas McMahonWPts: 14x0Atlanta W. OpenABSSF2019

JT Torres vs Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett

 

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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