Multiple-time No Gi BJJ World Champion Garry Tonon was born in Lacey Township, New Jersey, on the famed Jersey Shore. His mother was a recreation specialist at a non-profit organization for children with special needs, and was able to identify the symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in Tonon early in his childhood.
Tonon started his grappling career in wrestling, competing extensively throughout grade school. When he was around 14 years old, a friend introduced him to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and he was instantly hooked. In fact, he credits martial arts for helping him to deal with ADHD. Tonon then enrolled at Tom DeBlass’ Ocean County BJJ, and became one of DeBlass’ most dedicated students, winning his first BJJ world title in 2008 at the age of 16 in the juvenile blue belt division.
Throughout his grappling career, Tonon was recognized as one of the top competitors in the world at every step of his journey from blue to brown belt. In 2013, Tonon was awarded with his black belt, and continues to be extremely active in grappling competitions today, becoming a IBJJF World Champion, two-time IBJJF World No-Gi Champion, and four-time Eddie Bravo Invitational Champion along the way.