About William Tackett

BJJ competitor William Tackett

William Tackett is the proud owner and face of the Tackett jiujitsu site and known as a professional jiu-jitsu athlete who specializes in nogi competition grappling. A black belt out of Fight Factory in Austin, TX, Tackett first broke into the sport while competing in the adult division as a teenager, beating and submitting several top tier black belts. William has continued on, now as a 2x ADCC trials winner, fighting to prove his spot as one of world’s best jiujitsu athletes.

At age 8, William was a big fan of all things martial arts. Along with his brothers and dad, they would watch anything from Bruce Lee movies to the early Pride & UFC events. Once a jiujitsu academy opened up down the street, there was no doubt that they had to try a class. After their first day, they stayed to watch the adults spar and were so intrigued, they just had to sign up.

From there, William began competing alongside his brother, Andrew Tackett just about 1 year into his jiujitsu journey and after taking 1st place in their divisions at a NAGA tournament, they knew jiujitsu was something they wanted to turn into a lifelong career.

In 2017, seeking a more competition-driven training environment, William discovered 4th degree BJJ black belt, Rodrigo Cabral and his gym, Fight Factory after meeting upcoming MMA fighter, Kody Steele at a local super-fight show. Professor Cabral, an experienced athlete himself, was building a solid competition team in Austin, in which Tackett joined together with his two brothers, all of whom fit right in. With William’s new training environment came immediate results on the mats, including two gold medals at the IBJJF NoGI World Championships just a few months after switching gyms.

Since then, William has grown tremendously as a competitor, earning his purple, brown, and in 2021, black belt from Professor Cabral. Not to mention, William Tackett has beaten some of the sport’s top adult athletes like Felipe Andrew, Rousimar Palhares, and Jacob Rodriguez, all the while competing and coaching full time, at Fight Factory in Austin, TX.

Main Achievements:

  • 1st place ADCC West Coast Trials (2024)
  • Grapplefest under 90kg Champion (2023)
  • 3rd Place ADCC East Coast Trials (2023)
  • 1st Place ADCC West Coast Trials (2022)
  • 1st Place Jitz King Grand Prix 165 lbs (2019)
  • 1st Place Grappling Idiots Invitational (2019)
  • 1st Place Midwest Finishers Only (2019)
  • 2nd Place ADCC East Coast Trials (2021)
  • 2nd Place SUBVERSIV Tournament (2020)
  • 2nd Place Jitz King Grand Prix 185 lbs (2020)
  • F2W 185 lbs Brown Belt Champion (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2017 / 2018)
  • 2nd Place ADCC West Coast Trials (2019)

Although there is very little “off” time when it comes to the sport of jiujitsu, when William is not competing you can find him at home & in the kitchen, experimenting with recipes & making his own kombucha, or outdoors, most likely fishing, hiking, and overlanding.