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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

75 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    38 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (3%)

38 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
32
12
#86e620
Bow and arrow
16
6
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
5
#d1212a
Armbar
8
3
#fad11b
Armlock
5
2
#f58822
Kneebar
5
2
#224aba
Brabo choke
3
1
#ff9124
Triangle armbar
3
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
3
1
#22c9a5
Choke
3
1
#fad223
Americana
3
1
#03861f
Wristlock
3
1
#039a1f
Triangle
3
1
#03b41f
Triangle/kimura
3
1
38
(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
Armbar
33
1
#86e620
Choke from back
33
1
#5AD3D1
Choke
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

JT Torres Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2401Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2009
2475Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLAdvEuropean76KGSF2010
2528Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 3x0Pan American76KG4F2010
2591Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2610Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22010
2637Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2855Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2918Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGSF2011
2931Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KG4F2011
3111Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
3233Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2011
3396Leandro LoLeandro LoDPts: 2x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3401Ed RamosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3474Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
3618Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3746Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
3988Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2012
4195Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4530Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
4956Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
5204Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
5301Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
5396Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5727Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
7355Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
9192Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American82KGSF2016
9866Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
16012Vitor 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
2527Joao SobrinhoWBrabo chokePan American76KG8F2010
2586Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWN/AMiami Open76KGF2010
2609Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR12010
2636Lucas LepriLucas LepriWChoke from backBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2792Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2917Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 2x0World P. NoGi74KG4F2011
2994Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3008Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3085Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2011
3201Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12011
3405Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3408Moacir MendesMoacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3471Tiago RochaTiago RochaWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open76KG4F2012
3472Ed RamosWBow and arrowEuropean Open76KGSF2012
3737I. BulutWBow and arrowWorld Pro.76KGR12012
3740Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
3977Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGR22012
3984UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR32012
4139Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
4140Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
4143Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
4144James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
4191Marcelo M.WArmbarNoGi Worlds76KG4F2012
4193Dustin AkbariWDQNoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4432Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4523Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGR22013
4527Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG4F2013
4948Eduardo RiosWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4953Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2013
5057Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
5059Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
5203Leo IturraldeWBow and arrowEuropean82KGSF2014
5293Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGR12014
5299Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5710L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5719Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KG8F2014
5723Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG4F2014
5725Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
5875Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5876Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
6141Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6484Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGR22015
6490Eduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG4F2015
6494Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
6715Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22015
6718Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2015
6723AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
7347Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG8F2015
7351Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2015
8957Javier YamuniWSubmissionHouston Open82KGSF2016
8959Kenneth PrimolaWSubmissionHouston Open82KGF2016
9178Josh GuzmanWAmericanaPan American82KGR12016
9185Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
9190Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 10x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9856Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9864Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
12174Athos RibeiroWWristlockNY Spring Open82KGSF2017
12175Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWArmlockNY Spring Open82KGF2017
13183Luiz RufinoWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGSF2017
13184Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGF2017
13636Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGE12017
13642Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
13645Garry TononGarry TononWReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13647Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGF2017
14481Ben HendersonWChoke from backF2W Pro 5982KGSPF2018
14988Alexandre MolinaroWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
14994Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 12x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2018
14998Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWTrianglePan American76KGSF2018
16001Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 7x4World Champ.76KGR32018
17309Dylan RoyceWArmbarF2W Pro 9077KGSPF2018
17649Athos MirandaWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018

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