Ask any BJJ fanatic and they’ll tell you that the man to watch is Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon. Last year was an exciting year for Tonon as he faced some of the greatest names in MMA and BJJ, such as Rousimar Palhares and Gilbert “Durinho” Burns. A BJJ black belt under Tom deBlass and Ricardo Almeida, Tonon is part of renowned Renzo Gracie Academy coach John Danaher’s Death Squad that includes other famous grapplers such as Gordon Ryan and Eddie Cummings.
Like the other Death Squad members, Tonon is known for his heel hooks and leg locks. In fact, in 2016 alone, Tonon won 6 matches via heel hook. If you’re a no-gi fanatic and are looking to take your grappling skills to the next level, you’re in luck — Garry Tonnon will be heading to Evolve MMA for a seminar on Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12 2017. If this isn’t enough to convince you, read on as Evolve Daily shares 4 Reasons Why You Should Attend The Garry Tonon No-Gi Seminar:
1) Because Garry Tonon is one of the most exciting competitors today
There’s no doubt about it, a Garry Tonon match is always exciting. Tonon always looks for the finish, no matter how tough his opponent is. He’s fought opponents in higher weight classes and submitted former BJJ World Champions. His agility and explosiveness as well as his technical knowledge have certainly placed him in the top echelons of BJJ competitors today, and to learn from such an exciting competitor would certainly give your no-gi game the edge you’ve been looking for.
In a recent interview, Tonon shared: “Every match I go into I have two main goals: the first is to win, obviously. I think everybody, for the most part, has that goal,” he said. “The second is to be exciting… Obviously I achieved the win, but I also believe it was an exciting match. I thought there was a lot of exchange positions — you know, a lot of attacks in both directions, and I think he was trying to attack me as well. There were some leg attacks on his side and some guillotine attempts and same for me. I was moving into a bunch of different positions where I could attack my training partner or even wait for like some armbars off my kimura attempts. Honestly, as a competitor I think I did a very good job at competing in a professional setting where we kept the match exciting — wasn’t just trying to stay safe and, you know, win.”
2) Because you want to learn Tonon’s mindset
Training under the highly regarded John Danaher has certainly influenced Tonon’s grappling game. Unlike other competitors, Tonon doesn’t restrict himself to dominant positions to earn points. Instead, he aim to restrict an opponent’s movements solely to submit him, regardless of whether he is in the top or bottom position. As knee bar master Dean Lister once said, “upper body or lower body, a tap is a tap”.
3) Because you want to learn Tonon’s heel hook
Although lower limb submissions are becoming more popular today, it is Tonon who consistently uses them in competition, thanks to his training with John Danaher. Danaher, unlike most BJJ coaches, teaches leg attacks as a system or series, not as single attacks. Because of this, Tonon has found much success with leg attacks, besting the feared four leg lock masters in MMA, grappling, and sambo — Masakazu Imanari, Reily Bodycomb, Marcin Held and Rousimar Palhares.
4) Because you want to tap into Tonon’s technical knowledge
Many will argue that Tonon is one of the most technical grapplers today. His ability to evade being submitted by high level grapplers while still being offensive is a feat in itself. What makes his style so different is that he is dynamic — constantly on offense and moving with agility and explosiveness, without fear of being submitted by his opponent. His confidence in his attacks is undoubtedly a testament to his technical ability.
There’s no doubt that there’s a lot we can learn from World Champion Grappling Superstar Garry Tonon. If you haven’t signed up, go ahead and do so — you definitely wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity!