DJ Jackson is a Lloyd Irvin brown belt out of Camp Springs, Maryland. The newly promoted brown belt wins championships where ever he competes. Shocking the competition with a fierce competitive drive, DJ Jackson is a force to be reckoned with in the world of grappling.
GP: How long have you been grappling?
DJ: I have been doing jiu-jitsu for 3 years now. I wrestled in high school and two years of college.
GP: How often do you compete?
DJ: I compete as often as possible no tournament is too little or too big for me to do. I just love competition and I try to get as much of it as I can to improve my game.
GP: what titles have you won so far?
DJ: I have won a bunch of NAGA and GQ’s (Grapplers Quest). Blue belt no-gi Worlds, purple belt no-gi Worlds, no-gi Pan Ams, purple belt European open, Abu Dhabi no-gi championships, purple belt World championships, blue belt Pan Ams, and purple belt Pan Ams.
GP: At Grapplers Quest June 18, you submitted Bill Cooper. Can you tell us about that? What were you expecting going into the match?
DJ: Bill Cooper is one of my favorite fighters. I love his style and his attitude about the sport. I had a chance to hang out with him before the World Championships and he is one of the coolest people I have ever met. That being said, I always expect to win when I go onto the mat! Master Lloyd has given me the tools to be successful and I believe 100% in the system he has given me. Team Lloyd Irvin Training is the best in the world. So even when I was down 9 points, I know that you always have a chance as long as you fight and fight hard to the best of your abilities!
GP: You were promoted to brown belt when you returned home. Did submitting Bill Cooper have anything to do with it?
DJ: Being promoted to brown belt was a huge step for me, but Black belt World Champion is the goal, so it is only a step in the process. I don’t know if it had anything to do with beating Bill Cooper, I had just one Purple belt Worlds so I think that may have weighed in on it as well.
GP: What do you hope to achieve in BJJ?
DJ: In BJJ I hope to become a Black Belt World champion. That’s what I want to accomplish. After I complete it, I will try to win another and another until I physically cannot compete anymore.
GP: Why do you compete?
DJ: I compete because I was born to! I cannot think of anything else I would do other than compete. I am just blessed to be with Team Lloyd Irvin, a school that puts what I need to be a champion right in front of me. As long as continue to train hard and follow Master Lloyd’s program I believe that I will become a Black Belt World Champion!