Prof. Jonathan “JT” Torres
Founder and head instructor of Essential Jiu Jitsu and Fitness, Jonathan “JT” Torres is a World Champion second-degree black belt under Andre Galvao, world-renowned competitive black belt and head of the Atos Jiu Jitsu Association.
Professor Torres himself, is one of the best-known American-born jiu jitsu competitors, and has competed and medaled at the highest levels in the sport. His accomplishments include:
- ADCC World Champion
- World No Gi Champion
- World’s Silver Medalist (Gi)
- Pan American Gi & No Gi Champion
- European Champion
- American National Gi and No Gi Champion
- Brazilian National Silver Medallist
- New York Open Champion
- Asian Open Champion
Torres is also a highly-acclaimed professor and coach, having taught a wide range of adult and kids classes throughout his career, and a well-respected member of the international jiu jitsu community, giving seminars on his distinct style of jiu jitsu at academies across the globe.
With more than decade of experience, Professor Torres began training at the age of 15. It was not long before he decided that he would make jiu jitsu his life’s career, he set about accomplishing his dream with unwavering determination and hard work. JT went on to become one of the youngest American’s to earn a blackbelt at the age of 19. His journey has taken him coast to coast – from the Northeast, where he began making a name for himself, to California, where he became known as one of the best American competitors in the world.
Now, Professor Torres is back in his home state of New York to bring his deep and well-rounded knowledge of jiu jitsu, his distinct fundamentals-based philosophy and style, and his infectious energy and passion, to the mats of Essential Jiu Jitsu and Fitness.
Coach Felipe Rocha
Coach Felipe is our Head Fundamental’s Coach and also helps over-see our kid’s 3-5 yr old Program. Coach Felipe is an active competitor and a BJJ Brown belt under Prof. JT Torres and is working hard on reaching his competitive goals on and off the mats.
- Worlds Silver Medalist
- 2x Pan Ams Bronze Medalist
- No Gi Pan Ams Champion
- 2x No Gi Bronze Medalist
- 8x New York Open Champion
- 4x New York BJJ Pro Champion
Coach Nick Domgjoni
Coach Nick is our assistant Kid’s instructor and Intro BJJ instructor. Coach Nick is a BJJ purple belt under Prof. JT Torres.
Coach Nick is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a Bachelors of Arts in History. Nick has been training 7 years and aspires to be a Jiu-Jitsu World Champion. Coach Nick lends his heart to the kids and brings a very patient and caring attitude to the program.
Coach John Marsh
Coach John is our resident Wrestling instructor, with wide variety of knowledge and experience within the competitive wrestling world Coach John brings a wealth of knowledge to our submission wrestling program. Coach John loves to compete and is working toward becoming a well-rounded competitor on the ground and on the feet.
John is a graduate of Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education and a concentration in Exercise Physiology. As a student at Bridgewater State, John received All-American Honors as a wrestler and placed 5th in Division III national championships. John has two national certifications as a personal trainer, and he volunteers as an assistant wrestling coach for Edgemont High School. Coach John is currently a BJJ blue belt under Prof. JT Torres.