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Zachary Kaima’alili Kaina-Kokubun, commonly known as Zach Kaina, is a professional jiu-jitsu athlete and a black belt under Guilherme Mendes, who represents team Art Of Jiu-Jitsu (AOJ) in the sport’s international circuit. Kaina is widely regarded as one of the top competitors of his generation, a reputation he earned while competing in the colored belt divisions of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league, where he earned numerous important medals before being promoted to the pro level.

Zach Kaina Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Zachary Kaima’alili Kaina-Kokubun

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Ramon Lemos > Guilherme Mendes > Zach Kaina

Main Achievements:

  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2022)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2022 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2020 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2022 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2022 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2022 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2020* / 2021 purple)

Main Achievements (Juvenile):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018** / 2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2019*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019*)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Art Of Jiu-Jitsu (AOJ)

Zach Kaina Biography

Zach Kaina was born on May 23, 2002, in Oahu, Hawaii, USA, where he spent his early childhood, prior to his move to California at the age of 10.

The introduction to martial arts came by way of karate at the age of 5, a short-lived experience as Kaina did not find the striking-based combat style appealing. Being from Hawaii, Zach’s family was well aware of BJ Penn – a famous Hawaiian, former two-weight class champion of the UFC, and the first American athlete to win an IBJJF World title in the adult black belt division. So, when little Kaina fell out of interest in karate, his mom was quick to add him to a local jiu-jitsu school.

As a 6-year-old, Zach Kaina began his grappling tuition under the guidance of Mike and Chris Onzuka of team O2 (and later adding Kyle Nitahara), receiving all belts up to orange in Hawaii.

Already fully embedded in jiu-jitsu culture, by the age of 10, Zach moved to Costa Mesa, California (along with his family) to train at the Art Of Jiu-Jitsu Academy (AOJ) under the Believe & Achieve kids program, one of the sport’s most accomplished curriculums.

Zach Kaina arrived at AOJ as an orange belt, quickly becoming one of coach Guilherme Mendes’ top performers. Kaina went from the orange belt all the way to a professional level with AOJ, receiving his black belt on December 09, 2023, from the hands of Guilherme Mendes.

Zach Kaina Grappling Record

14 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    1 (7%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
29
2
#86e620
Choke from back
29
2
#5AD3D1
No arm triangle
14
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
14
1
#fad11b
Lateral kneebar
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (38%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Zach Kaina Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
37915Keven CarrascoKeven CarrascoLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open64KGF2023
37983Keven CarrascoKeven CarrascoLPts: 2x0LA Open64KGF2023
38414Diogo ReisDiogo ReisLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American64KGSF2023
39100Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backSanta Cruz O70KGF2023
40279Malachi EdmondMalachi EdmondLPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG8F2023
41201Roiter LimaRoiter LimaLReferee DecisionAmerican Nats64KGSF2023
42289Daiki YonekuraLReferee DecisionAIGA65KGRR2023
42303S. MagomedLPointsAIGA65KGRR2023
43969Keven CarrascoKeven CarrascoLPts: 0x0, AdvOC Open64KGF2023
44945Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 2x0Sacramento Open70KGF2023
44964Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPointsSacramento OpenABSSF2023
45632Junny OcasioJunny OcasioLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi World61KGF2023
46293Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open64KGR12024
37609Joao SoeiroWReferee DecisionAtlanta WO64KGSF2023
37914Pedro DiasPedro DiasWPts: 0x0, AdvDallas Open64KGSF2023
37980Matheus AzancotWTriangleLA Open64KG4F2023
37981Roiter LimaRoiter LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvLA Open64KGSF2023
38406Roiter LimaRoiter LimaWChoke from backPan American64KG8F2023
38410Malachi EdmondMalachi EdmondWNo arm trianglePan American64KG4F2023
39098Thiago CalixtoWChoke from backSanta Cruz O70KGSF2023
40270Ivan JenningsWTriangleWorld Champ.64KGR12023
41200Vinny SaenzWReferee DecisionAmerican Nats64KG4F2023
42296Khalid AsildarovWInside heel hookAIGA65KGRR2023
44961Antonio ZuazoWN/ASacramento OpenABS4F2023
45620Bebeto OliveiraWLateral kneebarNoGi World61KGR12023
45626Leonardo SouzaWReferee DecisionNoGi World61KG4F2023
45630Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi World61KGSF2023
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