Jake Mackenzie

Jacob Mackenzie is a Canadian BJJ black belt under Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, known for his deep half guard prowess and for competing extensively in Brazil. Today Jake Mackenzie is living proof of the growth that the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has had since the turn of the millennium.

Jake Mackenzie in Detail

Full Name: Jacob Williams Mackenzie

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Francisco Albuquerque > Roberto Abreu > Jake Mackenzie

Main Titles/Record:

  • World Cup Champion (2010 CBJJO);
  • South American Champion (2010 CBJJE);
  • European Champion (2010 CBJJ);
  • American National Champion (2009 IBJJF);
  • Brazilian National Teams Champion – GF Team (2010 CBJJ);
  • X-combat Brazilian Cup Champion (2011 absolute)
  • Brazilian National Teams Champion (2011)
  • Miami International Open Champion (2009 – open weight);
  • Rio de Janeiro State Champion (2011 FJJD-Rio)
  • 2x Campeonato Brasileiro Centro-Oeste Champion (2009, 2010 CBJJE);
  • Abu Dhabi Pro North American Trials Champion (2009, 2010);
  • Pan American Champion (2008);
  • US Open Champion (2007);
  • 2x Rio de Janeiro State Champion (2007, 2008 CBJJO & FJJRIO)

Other important Achievements:


  • World Championships Silver Medallist (2012 CBJJE)
  • Rio Sport Show Black Belt GP 2nd place (2011)
  • Brazilian National Bronze Medallist (2008 open weight – CBJJE);
  • Rio State Silver Medallist (2008 open weight – FJJRIO);
  • 2x Arena Buzios Champion (2008 middleweight and absolute under 80 kgs);
  • 2x Rio International Open Silver Medallist (2008 & 2009 CBJJ);
  • 2x Copa Novo Leblon Champion (2010 lightweight and Absolute under 76 kgs);
  • São Paulo Internacional Bronze Medallist (2010)

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg-167lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Deep Half Guard/Taking the back from Half Guard

Team/Association: GFTeam/Fight Sports

Jake Mackenzie Biography

Jacob Mackenzie grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia – Canada. It was also in Truro that Jake started training Jiu Jitsu, when he was 14 years old, by his father’s advice who wanted Jake to learn some self defence. Chuck Sproule had just opened a BJJ gym at the time which wasn’t too far from where Jake lived, and that became Mackenzie’s training ground. His first coach was none other then the 3x World Champion Márcio Feitosa, who stayed in the gym for approximately 5 months. After Feitosa left Márcio Canário came and trained Mackenzie for the following two years.

In competing all over the World, Jake found himself travelling to Brazil regularly. He caught up with the language fast, and that helped his travels even further. It was also in Brazil that Jake discovered his love for the half guard. At the time he felt that the half guard was his “Achilles heel”, so he took advantage of the good exchange rate between the “Dollar” and the “Real” (Brazilian Currency) to book himself several one on one classes with a few half guard experts for a 4 month period while staying in Brazil.

In 2007 Jake Mackenzie joined Roberto Abreu’s team. Jake and Cyborg had met on many occasions becoming friends, and as Roberto decided to open a gym in Florida he invited Jake to come and train with him. Jake jumped on board immediately and started training almost exclusively with the man from Mato Grosso. Jake was a purple belt then, and in June 12th 2010 he became a Roberto Cyborg Abreu black belt.

Jake Mackenzie vs Yuri Bezerra

Jake Mackenzie vs Igor Estrela

Jake Mackenzie vs Alan Carlos

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