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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 / 2022)

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

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (75%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Terra footlock
14
3
#86e620
Toe hold
14
3
#5AD3D1
Submission
14
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
Choke
5
1
#22c9a5
Arm in Ezekiel
5
1
#fad223
Canto choke
5
1
#03861f
Cross choke
5
1
#039a1f
Wristlock
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (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
22056Helton JoseHelton JoseLPointsLondon FOABSF2019
22075Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 11x0Warriors CupABSSF2019
22429Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Amsterdam OpenABSSF2019
23046Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 5x2European OpenABSR22020
23129Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0European Open88KGSF2020
30606Dominique BellDominique BellLPts: 3x0European Open94KGSF2022
21394Andy ManzoloWTriangleBattle Grapple88KGSPF2019
22046Mateo TenzeraWToe holdLondon FO88KGSF2019
22047Thomas TrintignacWArm in EzekielLondon FO88KGF2019
22050Jan ZanderWPointsLondon FOABSR12019
22052Oscar GugalaWPointsLondon FOABS4F2019
22054Frederic VosgroneWPointsLondon FOABSSF2019
22069Zayd BurginWPts: 26x0Warriors Cup88KGSF2019
22070Rafael BarrosWCanto chokeWarriors Cup88KGF2019
22072James HalfhideWArmbarWarriors CupABSR12019
22074Rafael BarrosWSubmissionWarriors CupABS4F2019
22132Lucas AlvesLucas AlvesWPointsRome Fall Open88KGSF2019
22133Kenji SetteWToe holdRome Fall Open88KGF2019
22422Thomas TrintignacWCross chokeAmsterdam Open88KGF2019
22426Saulo NetoWSubmissionAmsterdam OpenABS4F2019
22630Nicolas DufauWWristlockParis Open88KGSF2019
22631Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvParis Open88KGF2019
22754Matt BakerWArmbarDublin Open88KGF2019
23037Guilherme JardimWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR12020
23122Jacopo PasquiniWTerra footlockEuropean Open88KGR12020
23127Felipe PimentelWChoke from backEuropean Open88KG4F2020
23282Robert JacksonWReverse triangleUK Nat Pro85KGSF2020
23283Jamie PaxmanWBow and arrowUK Nat Pro85KGF2020
23284Andreas PeralesWTerra footlockUK Nat ProABSSF2020
23285Jamie PaxmanWSubmissionUK Nat ProABSF2020
23641Bradley HillWPts: 2x1Grand Slam LDN85KGR12020
23647Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWTerra footlockGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2020
23648Jamie PaxmanWTriangleGrand Slam LDN85KGF2020
30602Hygor BritoHygor BritoWChokeEuropean Open94KG4F2022

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