Prof. Jonathan “JT” Torres
Founder and head instructor of Essential Jiu Jitsu , Jonathan “JT” Torres is a World Champion third-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:
- 2X 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 Nick Domgjoni
Coach Nick teaches a variety of kids and adult classes here at Essential BJJ. Coach Nick is a BJJ Brown belt under Prof. JT Torres.
Coach Nick is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a Bachelors of Arts in History. Nick has been training 9 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.
- Master World Champion (Gi) 2019 BLUE
Coach Eric Sainz
Eric is a full-time competitor and has a deep passion for Jiu Jitsu and moved to NY to further his dream of becoming a World Champion and study under Prof. JT.
Coach Eric is one of our youngest Assistant Coaches that originally comes to us from Colorado through our “Essential Scholarship Program” Coach Eric can be found assisting classes during our Intro Adult and Kid’s programs.
Coach Sam Bretado
Coach Sam is currently a Brown Belt under Prof JT. Coach Sam loves to compete and has a real desire to bring this best out of all of his students. Sam can be found teaching and assisting in a variety of our Adult and Kid’s programs.
Coach Sam is originally from Maryland, where he was first introduced to jiu jitsu. He has spent several years training, coaching, and competing at world class locations on both the East Coast and West Coast. Happy to now call New York home, he is excited to continue to improve and share his passion with others.
Prof. George Ganssle
Prof. George is a black belt under Prof.JT, and currently teaches our some our mixed level No-Gi classes.
Jiu Jitsu started out as a casual hobby in Professor George’s early twenties while in graduate school, soon turning into a part-time job working for a small BJJ company. 11 years later – as one of the first black belts under his BJJ idol, JT Torres , and as the creative director of 93brand Jiu Jitsu – the gentle art has become George’s primary focus in his free time and professional time. BJJ has always been a positive outlet for Professor George and he is passionate about sharing that perspective with his teammates and students. The main focus of George’s submission-heavy style is to use his creativity as a way to make the art as fun and interesting as possible.
Prof. George holds a BA in Marketing from NYU & BS and Graduate Degree in Physics from Lehman College.