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Jakub Zajkowski

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Jakub Zajkowski is a Polish grappler and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Braulio Estima, who worked extensively with Marek Pietrzak of Copacabana BJJ (Poland) before joining the Gracie Barra affiliation (2017). Marked as one of the rising prospects in European Jiu-Jitsu by BJJ Heroes in 2016 (see article here), Jakub Zajkowski went on to cement his reputation as one of the Old Continent’s finest gi players through his outstanding performances in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit.

Jakub Zajkowski Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Jakub Zajkowski

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Braulio Estima > Jakub Zajkowski

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Paris Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rome Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dublin Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Fall Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Amsterdam Open (2019)
  • 1st Place London Warrior Cup (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place British Nationals (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Paris Open (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place ACBJJ European Open (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2017 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open No-Gi (2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2018 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Jakub Zajkowski Biography

Jakub Zajkowski was born on April 9, 1997, in Poland and grew up in Białystok.

Jakub’s father was a big fan of cage-fighting and when seeing his son falling prey to a sedentary lifestyle during his pre-teens, he decided to enroll Zajkowski in a martial art, giving his son 3 options to chose from: judo, wrestling, or BJJ. Jaku already had an unsavory judo experience as a child, and he did not fancy a return to the Japanese art of throwing, as such, jiu-jitsu was the chosen activity.

Marek Pietrzak from the Rosomak Jiu-Jitsu Academy (an affiliate of Copacabana BJJ in Bialystok), was Jakub’s first instructor and the man responsible for much of Zajkowski upbringing in the sport, coaching the young Polish prodigy from the age of 12 up to his 20th birthday.

The Copacabana BJJ association is one of Poland’s prime jiu-jitsu teams, with a long-standing bond with Gracie Barra’s legend, World and ADCC champion — Mr. Braulio Estima. In 2015, while doing one of his workshops at Copacabana, Estima rolled with Zajkowski and was impressed by the 18-year-old prospect, inviting Jakub to come and train with him at his gym in Birmingham, England. Zajkowski assumed Braulio was just being cordial, but after class, the Brazilian handed him his phone number and doubled down on his offer.

Early in 2016, Jakub traveled to England, spending a week training with Braulio, after which the (then) purple belt was told that, once he finished college, he was welcome to coach and compete under Estima’s banner in Birmingham. Stoked with the offer, in August 2017, after finishing his studies, now brown belt, Jakub Zajkowski moved to the United Kingdom to work on his BJJ skills on a full-time schedule, with Braulio.

After nearly two years of training and competing in the British and international jiu-jitsu circuits, on July 7, 2019, Jakub Zajkowski was promoted to black belt by Braulio Estima.

Jakub Zajkowski Grappling Record

27 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (22%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (74%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
15
3
#86e620
Submission
15
3
#5AD3D1
Terra footlock
15
3
#d1212a
Triangle
10
2
#fad11b
Armbar
10
2
#f58822
Choke from back
5
1
#224aba
Reverse triangle
5
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
5
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in Ezekiel
5
1
#22c9a5
Canto choke
5
1
#fad223
Cross choke
5
1
#03861f
Wristlock
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
5 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (100%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Jakub Zajkowski Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21882Helton JoseHelton JoseLPointsLondon Fall OpenABSF2019
21901Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 11x0Warriors CupABSSF2019
22243Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Amsterdam OpenABSSF2019
22819Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 5x2European OpenABSR22020
22902Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0European Open88KGSF2020
21236Andy ManzoloWTriangleBattle Grapple88KGSPF2019
21872Mateo TenzeraWToe holdLondon Fall Open88KGSF2019
21873Thomas TrintignacWArm in EzekielLondon Fall Open88KGF2019
21876Jan ZanderWPointsLondon Fall OpenABSR12019
21878Oscar GugalaWPointsLondon Fall OpenABS4F2019
21880Frederic VosgroneWPointsLondon Fall OpenABSSF2019
21895Zayd BurginWPts: 26x0Warriors Cup88KGSF2019
21896Rafael BarrosWCanto chokeWarriors Cup88KGF2019
21898James HalfhideWArmbarWarriors CupABSR12019
21900Rafael BarrosWSubmissionWarriors CupABS4F2019
21957Lucas AlvesLucas AlvesWPointsRome Fall Open88KGSF2019
21958Kenji SetteWToe holdRome Fall Open88KGF2019
22236Thomas TrintignacWCross chokeAmsterdam Open88KGF2019
22240Saulo NetoWSubmissionAmsterdam OpenABS4F2019
22433Nicolas DufauWWristlockParis Open88KGSF2019
22434Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvParis Open88KGF2019
22551Matt BakerWArmbarDublin Open88KGF2019
22810Guilherme JardimWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR12020
22895Jacopo PasquiniWTerra footlockEuropean Open88KGR12020
22900Felipe PimentelWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG4F2020
23052Robert JacksonWReverse triangleUK Nat Pro85KGSF2020
23053Jamie PaxmanWBow and arrowUK Nat Pro85KGF2020
23054Andreas PeralesWTerra footlockUK Nat ProABSSF2020
23055Jamie PaxmanWSubmissionUK Nat ProABSF2020
23390Bradley HillWPts: 2x1Grand Slam LDN85KGR12020
23396Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWTerra footlockGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2020
23397Jamie PaxmanWTriangleGrand Slam LDN85KGF2020

Jakub Zajkowski vs Thomas Trintignac

 

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