Hi, my name is Dillan Tatum and this is my website. My favorite hobby is Jiu-Jitsu. I turned 15 this past December. I will be in the 10th grade this coming school year. I go to school at the Harlingen School of Health Professions. Two of my goals are to go to college and to be a world class Jiu-Jitsu player.

Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique—most notably by applying joint-locks and choke-holds to defeat the other person. To learn more about what is Jiu-Jitsu go to this link at worldofjiujitsu.com.

I train in jiu-jitsu at Harlingen Jiu-Jitsu Club (HJJC), 211 W. Jefferson St., Suite 4. My jiu-jitsu  instructor is Jake Montalvo – he has refrereed in several televised events to include in the UFC. Between Jiu-Jitsu and school I stay pretty busy. I have competed in 16 jiu-jitsu tournaments. I have only lost one match when competing in my appropriate division. You can see most of my jiu-jitsu matches under my  Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments link under “Categories.”

Please take a look around and leave a comment.

I am looking for sponsors so I can compete in major tournnments to include the 2015 Kids World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship and the US Open. Please contact my dad at dan@dillan.net or 956-572-3916 if you can help sponsor me. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated. Craig Comisky helped my dad make the following highlights/promotional video of me.

JIU-JITSU TOURNAMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

4/30/11 – 2011 Valley Throwdown
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

6/25/11 – South Texas Showdown
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

9/10/11 – 1st Annual Rio Grande Valley Jiu-Jitsu Open
1st place Gi Division
2nd place Nogi Division

3/17/12 – NAGA Houston Grappling Championship
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

4/28/12 – 2nd Annual Rio Grande Valley Jiu-Jitsu Open
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

5/13/12 – NAGA Dallas Grappling Championship
Note: I competed in the expert division with only about 1 1/2 years training experience.
3rd place GI Division

9/29/12 – Mat Shark Fight World USA Open
Note: I was registered for the Gi Absolute division but the event organizers mistakenly left me off the bracket, so I did not get to fight in it.
1st place GI Division
1st place Nogi Division
1st place Nogi Absolute Division

3/9/13 – Gracie Grappling Cup San Antonio, TX
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

4/13/13 – 3rd Annual Rio Grande Valley Jiu-Jitsu Open
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

8/10/13 – MatShark RGV Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

11/09/13 – MatShark Pro Jiu-Jitsu Tournament
Note: I competed in an age bracket above mine and also a weight bracket above mine. I lost my first Gi match to 16 year old blue belt.
3rd place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division
1st place Gi Absolute
1st place Nogi Absolute

03/08/2014 – 4th Annual Rio Grande Valley Jiu-Jitsu Open
Note: I weighed in at 150 lbs but fought in the 160 lb and up division which included a blue belt teen who weighed in at 203 lbs.
1st place Gi Division
3rd place Nogi Division

05/31/2014 – RGV Summer Open
Note: At the age of 14, I competed in the Adult Male Blue Belt Division.
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division
3rd place Nogi Absolute

09/06/2014 – South Texas Jiu-Jitsu Classic
Note: At the age of 14, I competed in the Adult Male Blue Belt Division.
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

12/13/2014 North America Grappling Association World Championship
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

01/24/2015 Fight to Win Tournament of Champions 15
Note: At the age of 15, I competed in the Adult Male Blue Belt Division
3rd place Gi Division
1st place Gi Absolute Blue Belt Division

07/25/2015 Kids World BJJ Championships 2015
1st place Gi Division
1st place Nogi Division

You can see most of my fights, from every tournament I have competed in, by going to Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments under “Categories.” To see the earlier tournaments I competed in, make sure you click on “Older Entries” at the bottom of my Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments page. Doing so will take you to this link (click here) and to this link (click here) at the bottom of the 1st and 2nd pages.

RECENT EVENTS

– On July 25, 2015, I competed in the Kids World BJJ Championships 2015 in Ontario California. I won the gold medal in both my gi and nogi divisions. By clinking on THIS LINK, you can read an article written by Vinny Davis with Fighter News, at jcfightpromotions.com, about me winning gold at this tournament.

UPCOMING EVENTS

– Stay tuned!

 

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From the North American Grappling Association World Championship 12/13/2014

From the North American Grappling Association World Championship 12/13/2014

 

 

My Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Jacob Montalvo, and me, at the South Texas Jiu-Jitsu Classic 09/06/2104

My Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Jacob Montalvo, and me, at the South Texas Jiu-Jitsu Classic 09/06/2104

 

 

From the South Texas Jiu-Jitsu Classic 09/06/2014

From the South Texas Jiu-Jitsu Classic 09/06/2014

 

 

05/31/2014 – RGV Summer Open

05/31/2014 – RGV Summer Open, Adult Intermediate Absolute Nogi Division at the age of 14

 

 

From MatShark RGV Pro 8/10/13 armbar from mounted triangle to win Nogi gold medal

From MatShark RGV Pro 8/10/13 armbar from mounted triangle to win Nogi gold medal

 

 

Me and my good friend and training partner Gabriel Ambriz taken 11/08/12

 

 

Octavio Couto (instructor of Robert Defranco), me and Robert Defranco (instructor of Jake Montalvo)

 

 

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