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Jackson Nagai is a Brazilian grappler, raised in Japan, and a black belt in jiu-jitsu under Lucas Leite who represents the Checkmat team in the sport’s international circuit. A late bloomer, Nagai broke out as one of the top prospects in the game as a brown belt, after he started competing in the United States with stellar performances at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) global league and the Royal Invitational. Jackson is the older brother of Samuel Nagai, another well-known athlete with international accolades.

Jackson Nagai Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Jackson Nagai Hatchwell Junior

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: C. Gracie > H. Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Lucas Leite > Jackson Nagai

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2024)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2024)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2023)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2023)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2023*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2023)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2015 blue)
  • 1st Place FJJAM Amazonense (2017 / 2018 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Manaus Open (2016 purple)
  • 3rd Place Royal Invitational (2018)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Distance Passing

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Jackson Nagai Biography

Jackson Nagai was born on March 25, 1994, in Manés a small town neighboring Manaus – Brazil, famous for its production of the famous acaí berry.

Although born in the Amazon, Nagai moved with his family to Japan at the age of 10. There, his first sporting interest was basketball, an activity he had started back in Brazil and carried on competing in the Japanese national school-team circuit for a few years, touring through the Asian country with his team.

Unfortunately, during his teens, Nagai’s life took a turn for the worst with his father abandoning Jackson, younger brother Samuel and their mother after a life-long of physical abuse to the matriarch. With this ordeal came the desire to learn martial arts as a way to “protect his family”, a sentiment Jackson shared with BJJ Heroes in an interview undertaken in 2020.

Nagai’s first steps inside a martial arts dojo were taken in Japan, at a karate school. He was a dedicated student for 1 year while also adding kickboxing to his weekly activities.

Although born in South America, Nagai did not have the typical emigrant life in Japan. Fluent in Japanese, his circle of friends was exclusively Nipponic, with no Brazilian contacts outside of his family. As such, jiu-jitsu was a very distant thought while growing up. That would change when a Brazilian friend of his mother’s explained to young Jackson the effectiveness of this martial art in the real world. That talk won Nagai’s curiosity and shortly after he looked for an academy to train at. He was 17 years old at the time

The first grappling gym visited by Nagai was Evox BJJ of coach Nori Toda in Hamamatsu, with who Nagai first fell in love with grappling, a sentiment that led him to bring his younger brother Samuel to class. The two brothers became fairly popular in the competition scene early on and ended up switching to a more competitive gym, shortly after Jackson earned his blue belt.

A time with coach Junior Handa at the Jaws was followed by a return to Manaus where Jackson trained first with Marcio Pontes of Nova União, earning his brown belt from the prestigious instructor, and later with Carlos Holanda. It was during this period that both Jackson and his brother Samuel started truly being recognized as big talents in the sport, competing in the highly competitive Amazonas colored belt circuit.

While in Manaus, Jackson and his brother were greatly incentivized to try an international career. At the time Jackson was reluctant to do so, as he worked outside the sport to help provide for his family, but as soon as former IBJJF World Champion Gabriel Moraes intervened with the state’s governor, to help get the Nagai brothers to the World Championship in California, USA, Jackson became fully committed to his sporting dream.

Once in the United States, the Nagai joined the Checkmat network, being helped by important faces of jiu-jitsu such as Sean Roberts and Lucas Leite. It was Leite who graded Jackson to black belt in January 2020.

Jackson Nagai Grappling Record

38 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
31
8
#86e620
Choke from back
12
3
#5AD3D1
Triangle
12
3
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
8
2
#fad11b
50/50 armbar
4
1
#f58822
Hashimoto choke
4
1
#224aba
Estima lock
4
1
#ff9124
Loop choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Shoulder pressure
4
1
#22c9a5
RNC
4
1
#fad223
Choke
4
1
#03861f
Katagatame
4
1
#039a1f
Submission
4
1
#03b41f
Violin armlock
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
9 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Jackson Nagai Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24197Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 6x2Pan American82KGF2020
24974Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLReferee DecisionF2W 15983KGSPF2020
27590Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLPts: 8x2Pan American76KGSF2021
27707Michael LieraMichael LieraLReferee DecisionF2W 18377KGSPF2021
29540Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 3x2World Champ.82KG4F2021
39938Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x2Denver Open82KGSF2023
40414Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2023
41335Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 4x2American NatsABSSF2023
41376Andy VarelaAndy VarelaLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NNG79KGSF2023
24181Rehan MuttalibW50/50 armbarPan American82KGR12020
24185Carlos SouzaWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American82KG8F2020
24192Nicolas OspinaWArmbarPan American82KG4F2020
24196Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KGSF2020
24398Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWChoke from backF2W 15683KGSPF2020
27515Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWTriangleF2W 182N/ASPF2021
27581Cauata AvilaWArmbarPan American76KG8F2021
27586Daniel QuintanaWBow and arrowPan American76KG4F2021
29523Damien NitkinWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12021
29532Piter FrankWPts: 11x0World Champ.82KG8F2021
39176Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionSanta Cruz O82KGSF2023
39178Rehan MuttalibWPts: 42x2Santa Cruz O82KGF2023
39935Max DanrleyWArmbarDenver Open82KG4F2023
40006Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWPts: 32x2Houston Open82KGSF2023
40007Sebastian GuevaraWBow and arrowHouston Open82KGF2023
40396Vinicius GoesWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGR12023
40405Nathan ChuengWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG8F2023
40411Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWHashimoto chokeWorld Champ.76KG4F2023
41300Ricardo BricenoWEstima lockAmerican Nats82KG4F2023
41304Alef BritoAlef BritoWChoke from backAmerican Nats82KGSF2023
41330Charles McGuireWLoop chokeAmerican NatsABSR12023
41332Pedro MeloWPts: 7x0American NatsABS4F2023
41372Joshua BacallaoWPts: 28x2American NNG79KG4F2023
41804Nicolas OspinaWShoulder pressurePhoenix Open82KGSF2023
41830Aaron WilsonWRNCPhoenix NGO79KGF2023
41864Lucas AlcantaraWTriangleDallas SMO82KGSF2023
41865Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWTriangleDallas SMO82KGF2023
42564Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 8x2IBJJF GP82KGSPF2023
47241Sandrey SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF NGGP82KGSPF2024
47972Guilherme RochaGuilherme RochaWChokePan American76KGR22024
47984Michael SheenanWKatagatamePan American76KG8F2024
47989Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWArmbarPan American76KG4F2024
47991Michael LieraMichael LieraWArmbarPan American76KGSF2024
47993Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KGF2024
50287Rafael SilveiraRafael SilveiraWSubmissionWorld Champ.82KG8F2024
50292Vinicius MartinsVinicius MartinsWArmbarWorld Champ.82KG4F2024
50296Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2024
50297Francisco LoFrancisco LoWViolin armlockWorld Champ.82KGF2024

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