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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 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)

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

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
26
5
#86e620
Choke from back
16
3
#5AD3D1
Triangle
16
3
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
11
2
#fad11b
RNC
5
1
#f58822
50/50 armbar
5
1
#224aba
Hashimoto choke
5
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
5
1
#bf1f6c
Loop choke
5
1
#22c9a5
Shoulder pressure
5
1
19
(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
24184Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 6x2Pan American82KGF2020
24961Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLReferee DecisionF2W 15983KGSPF2020
27577Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLPts: 8x2Pan American76KGSF2021
27694Michael LieraMichael LieraLReferee DecisionF2W 18377KGSPF2021
29527Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 3x2World Champ.82KG4F2021
39870Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x2Denver Open82KGSF2023
40345Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2023
41252Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 4x2American NatsABSSF2023
41293Andy VarelaAndy VarelaLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NNG79KGSF2023
24168Rehan MuttalibW50/50 armbarPan American82KGR12020
24172Carlos SouzaWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American82KG8F2020
24179Nicolas OspinaWArmbarPan American82KG4F2020
24183Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KGSF2020
24385Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWChoke from backF2W 15683KGSPF2020
27502Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWTriangleF2W 182N/ASPF2021
27568Cauata AvilaWArmbarPan American76KG8F2021
27573Daniel QuintanaWBow and arrowPan American76KG4F2021
29510Damien NitkinWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12021
29519Piter FrankWPts: 11x0World Champ.82KG8F2021
39108Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionSanta Cruz O82KGSF2023
39110Rehan MuttalibWPts: 42x2Santa Cruz O82KGF2023
39867Max DanrleyWArmbarDenver Open82KG4F2023
39938Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWPts: 32x2Houston Open82KGSF2023
39939Sebastian GuevaraWBow and arrowHouston Open82KGF2023
40327Vinicius GoesWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGR12023
40336Nathan ChuengWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG8F2023
40342Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWHashimoto chokeWorld Champ.76KG4F2023
41217Ricardo BricenoWEstima lockAmerican Nats82KG4F2023
41221Alef BritoAlef BritoWChoke from backAmerican Nats82KGSF2023
41247Charles McGuireWLoop chokeAmerican NatsABSR12023
41249Pedro MeloWPts: 7x0American NatsABS4F2023
41289Joshua BacallaoWPts: 28x2American NNG79KG4F2023
41720Nicolas OspinaWShoulder pressurePhoenix Open82KGSF2023
41746Aaron WilsonWRNCPhoenix NGO79KGF2023
41780Lucas AlcantaraWTriangleDallas SMO82KGSF2023
41781Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWTriangleDallas SMO82KGF2023
42478Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 8x2IBJJF GP82KGSPF2023

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