Garry Tonon's Impact and the John Danaher Kimura Set Up
Garry "The Lion Killer" Tonon is one of the top and most exciting grappling competitors on the BJJ scene today. His frantic, almost reckless approach can generate a spike in spectator and fan heart rates which would rival Garry's own on the competition mats. Known most famously for his devastating inside heel hooks and other leg attacks, Garry also known as a master of positions like rear naked chokes and kimuras.
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Garry Tonon received his black belt from ADCC and UFC veteran Tom DeBlass. Tonon was DeBlass' first black belt. He currently heads up Brunswick BJJ in New Jersey, when he is not dazzling grappling fans at events like ADCC, Polaris, and the Eddie Bravo Invitational to name a few. He is also one of the core members of the renowned "Danaher Death Squad", a group of grapplers who have joined together in the laboratory of Renzo Gracie black belt John Danaher with the sole plan to dominate the grappling scene. Other notable members of this team are Garry's own black belt, Gordon Ryan, Gordon's 15 year old brother Nicky, and Eddie Cummings, among others. They routinely have training visits from UFC veterans and Olympic superstars like Georges St. Pierre, Jake Shields, and Travis Stevens.
Tonon burst to the forefront of grappling discussion after his match with Kron Gracie in the ADCC. Though he ultimately lost this match in 2013, the attention he gained with his dynamic style would help propel him into the spotlight. He would even find himself on the Joe Rogan Podcast, after he caught the attention of Eddie Bravo and Joe with the match with Kron.
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Building on the incredible momentum and popularity as a talented grappler and showman, Garry would find himself in the position to take on one of the most devastating practitioners of his own forte, the leg lock game. No match would serve better in a time capsule hundreds of years ago as evidence of Garry Tonon's competitive heart and jiu jitsu prowess but his with Rousimar Palhares. This match for the Polaris promotion in 2016 is arguably one of the most exciting matches in the last 10 years. While the match ultimately finished in a draw, the flurry of attacks from Tonon were non-stop against the much larger Palhares.
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Not long after this epic battle with Palhares, Tonon found himself in one of the most coveted positions in the history of grappling. The controversial Metamoris promotion and it's spokesman Ralek Gracie had been dealt an major blow with the injury of Tim Spriggs who was slated to fight Gracie. Garry Tonon stepped in and gave fans, not only an exciting match, but also a comeuppance for its egotistical and arguably corrupt spokesperson.
In the video below, Garry breaks down his unique kimura set up for Budo Jake having just used the position against Zak Maxwell in Metamoris 5.
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