Martial arts trainer
Greg Jackson (born 1974) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) trainer who co-owns Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, widely considered one of the top MMA training centers in the world. Jackson has trained many successful fighters, including current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, former UFC Welterweight/Middleweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm, former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, and a roster of other UFC contenders and World Extreme Cagefighting champions.
- 1 History
- 2 Awards
- 3 Notable fighters trained at Jackson Wink MMA Academy
- 4 Books
- 5 Reality television
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Greg Jackson was born in Washington D.C. to Kris and Jim Jackson, who were Quakers originally from the Midwest. Jackson and his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was three years old. Jackson came from a family of wrestlers (his father, brother, and uncle were all champions in the sport). Jackson grew up in a rough neighborhood, and began learning martial arts to defend himself. As a result, he was suspended from school for instigating fights on more than one occasion. In 1992, after graduating from Rio Grande High School, Jackson founded his own martial art, Gaidojutsu, which combines rudimentary techniques from catch wrestling and kickboxing with basic judo locks. His school officially turned into an MMA school in 2000. In 2007, Jackson teamed up with striking coach Mike Winkeljohn, which was a seminal moment for Jackson’s academy; since then, the gym has been known as Jackson Wink MMA Academy (JW MMA Academy), representing the partnership between Jackson and Winkeljohn.
Other notable fighters include current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones; former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm; UFC Lightweight and Welterweight contender Donald Cerrone; Keith Jardine; former WEC Welterweight Champion and former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit; former King of Pancrase and former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nate Marquardt; former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin; former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski; former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and World MMA Fight of the Year Award Winner Clay Guida; The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner (in the Middleweight bracket) Diego Sanchez; and The Ultimate Fighter 14 winners John Dodson and Diego Brandão.
Greg Jackson and his gyms have won five World MMA Awards altogether. He won the Coach of the Year award in 2009, 2010 and 2011. His old gym, Greg Jackson Fighting Systems won the Gym of the Year award in 2009. The contemporary Jackson-Wink MMA Academy won the same award in 2015.
Notable fighters trained at Jackson Wink MMA Academy
(# denotes current team member, bold denotes current and past UFC champions)
In 2009, Jackson released an instructional book about his fighting style called Jackson’s MMA – The Stand Up Game. In 2010, Jackson released another instructional book about his ground fighting style called Jackson’s MMA – The Ground Game.
- Jacksons Wink MMA Academy – Official Website
- Jacksons Wink Store – Official Website
- Jacksons Camp- FindMMAGym
- Greg Jackson Quote