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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
Triangle
3
1
#ff9124
Cross choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Mounted X choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Triangle/kimura
3
1
#fad223
Brabo choke
3
1
#03861f
Triangle armbar
3
1
#039a1f
RNC
3
1
#03b41f
Choke
3
1
#03c61f
Americana
3
1
#03d61f
Wristlock
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
2592Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2611Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22010
2638Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2010
2856Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backPan American76KGSF2011
2919Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGSF2011
2932Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KG4F2011
3112Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2011
3234Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2011
3397Leandro LoLeandro LoDPts: 2x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3402Ed RamosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3475Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 5x0European Open76KGF2012
3619Felipe BuenoLAdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3747Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x0World Pro.76KGSF2012
3989Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2012
4196Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4535Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChokePan American76KGSF2013
4961Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarADCC77KGSF2013
5209Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean82KGF2014
5306Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvPan American76KGSF2014
5401Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5732Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 12x0World Champ.76KGF2014
7361Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2015
9199Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American82KGSF2016
9873Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
16104Vitor 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
2587Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWN/AMiami Open76KGF2010
2610Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR12010
2637Lucas LepriLucas LepriWChoke from backBrasileiro76KGSF2010
2793Dustin HazelettWArmbarOhio ChallengeNASPF2010
2918Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 2x0World P. NoGi74KG4F2011
2995Tiago de CastroWDQWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3009Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWAdvWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3086Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2011
3202Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12011
3406Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3409Moacir MendesMoacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3472Tiago RochaTiago RochaWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open76KG4F2012
3473Ed RamosWBow and arrowEuropean Open76KGSF2012
3738I. BulutWBow and arrowWorld Pro.76KGR12012
3741Yuri NgombeWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
3978Robson CamargoWChoke from BackWorld Champ.76KGR22012
3985UnknownWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR32012
4140Albert HughesWBow and arrowHouston Open70KGSF2012
4141Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWTriangle armbarHouston Open70KGF2012
4144Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2012
4145James HarbisonJames HarbisonWKneebarHouston OpenABSF2012
4192Marcelo M.WArmbarNoGi Worlds76KG4F2012
4194Dustin AkbariWDQNoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4437Victor EstimaVictor EstimaD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4528Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWBow and arrowPan American76KGR22013
4532Nate MendelsohnWPts: 4x0Pan American76KG4F2013
4953Eduardo RiosWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4958Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2013
5062Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
5064Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
5208Leo IturraldeWBow and arrowEuropean82KGSF2014
5298Bricklin WelchWKneebarPan American76KGR12014
5304Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5715L. GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5724Rafael PereiraWPts: 7x0World Champ.76KG8F2014
5728Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG4F2014
5730Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2014
5880Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5881Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
6146Rory McDonaldD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6490Caio SilvaWChoke from backEuropean82KGR22015
6496Eduardo RiosWPts: 14x0European82KG4F2015
6500Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x0European82KGSF2015
6721Julian VegaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22015
6724Rafael PereiraWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2015
6729AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
7353Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWChokeWorld Champ.76KG8F2015
7357Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2015
8964Javier YamuniWSubmissionHouston Open82KGSF2016
8966Kenneth PrimolaWSubmissionHouston Open82KGF2016
9185Josh GuzmanWAmericanaPan American82KGR12016
9192Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
9197Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 10x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9863Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9871Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
12202Athos RibeiroWWristlockNY Spring Open82KGSF2017
12203Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWArmlockNY Spring Open82KGF2017
13217Luiz RufinoWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGSF2017
13218Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY S. No-Gi Open79KGF2017
13680Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGE12017
13686Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
13689Garry TononGarry TononWReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2017
13691Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGF2017
14548Ben HendersonWChoke from backF2W Pro 5982KGSPF2018
15056Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15062Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 12x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2018
15066Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWTrianglePan American76KGSF2018
16093Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 7x4World Champ.76KGR32018
17467Dylan RoyceWArmbarF2W Pro 9077KGSPF2018
17831Athos MirandaWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18509Colin AlexanderWCross chokeAtlanta W. Open82KG4F2019
18516Colby DobbinsWMounted X chokeAtlanta W. OpenABSR12019
18520Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 2x0Atlanta W. OpenABS4F2019
18522Thomas McMahonWPts: 14x0Atlanta W. OpenABSSF2019

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