Justin "3-6-1" Gary is a man of many talents. This seasoned fighter is known to always bring the noise . Hailing from the Illinois "the House of Paign" (Champaign), he's a mix of Midwest toughness, smooth moves, and tenacious energy. He represents the Hill Brothers Team, a mix of all-stars with specialties such as Luta Livre and Shin Kakuto.
With a wealth of BJJ Gi and NoGi medals, as well as multiple MMA championships in the trophy case, Three-Six is certainly not one to sleep on. This will rounded competitor truly embodies what it takes to be on the Elite Sports squad. Known for his high-flying attributes, you can catch him doing big work, as long as you don't blink. Whether it be through a series of high profile flying submissions, or his top notch work with the air national guard, you'll always find this young thriller pushing the bar higher and higher. His elusive techniques and battle-tested chin make him one to look out for in 2017. And just like his nickname, he's a mystery that'll keep you guessing, and wanting more.
Q&A Session Between Justin Gary and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: The "mono a mono" nature of these competitive arenas is what its all about. Two individuals ready to put their skills to the test on the battle ground, is so pure. Now, BJJ is getting a little sticky with this one due to competition rules, and the art becoming more "sporty", but submission-only events may be bringing the spirit back.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: I am inspired by those who make things happen, and stay true to their word. This is something very hard to find nowadays. A few great masters (Tim Morrissey, D Allah, and the Hill Bothers) have been great rocks for me to lean on on and have always gone above and beyond. This group embodies the true spirit of self-defense and awareness. From the street to the ring, this group has it all.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: In addition to being a BJJ purple belt, I've been able to have some great times on the competition circuit. I've gotten medals from many great promotions such as Newbreed, Grappling Games, and Fuji. I also had great success in MMA in the past. I was 145lb amateur champion, and received multiple submission of the night, and fight of the night honors.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: This year- My goals are to consistently compete in BJJ tournaments and do something on the international level for the first time. And MMA is always a love that is near. Next 3 years - Go pro, bring up my teammates, and expand our martial art schools. Next 5 - Conquer the world, bwah ha ha!
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: I've been training for about 8 years in different capacities.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: I train whenever I can, but don't really get too specific. I ride the wave and go with the flow.
Question: What would be your dream fight?
Answer: Fight at international platform and grab win for my country.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: No specific go-to for me, but I love to rise above the bar and fly whenever I can.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: I takes dedication, heart, humility, and a tough chin.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?
Answer: I like to be prepared. You never know what you're gonna run into. When going to the dojo: rash guard, shorts, boxing gloves, mma gloves, shin guards, full bjj gi, jump rope, focus pads, extra shirt, and nylon pants. In the side compartments, I take mouth-guard, phone, shaker bottle, and wipes. Gotta stay fresh. I have also had to lend gear to other teammates, so it helps to have extra gear. Being Elite, also means helping others. When going to the gym, I take a smaller bag: mma gloves, shorts, gi pants, change of clothes. Side compartments have a lock, wireless earbuds, shaker cup, shower stuff, and toiletry bag. It's all about being ready to hit the next occasion after the workout. That's how you keep the Elite edge.