Lukasz Marcinkowski

FIGHTER / COACH

Lukasz Marcinkowski


I was born and grew up in Chelmza, Poland and from a young age I knew there was a hunger for competition inside me.

As a teenager I watched TV programs such as PRIDE, K1 MAX GP or UFC and felt the desire and drive to be like my idols and become a professional fighter. In 2008 life brought me into the UK and after a couple of years focusing on getting my bearings on life in a new country, I decided in 2010, to start my journey to train hard and become a professional fighter.

This started originally through training with group of friends and then I saw an advert and joined my first club – Somerset Ju-Jitsu Alliance. Training for Ju-Jitsu was fun and I made some great friends but I kept feeling that this wasn’t enough, I wanted to be like those guys from TV – the “modern day gladiators”, so I started to look for MMA gyms which led me into meeting a man, who is still my very good friend to this day – Mr Martin G.

In 2012, he took me to the Team Savage Gym in Weston Super Mare, where I met head coach and ex pro fighter, Alex Owen. It was at Team Savage that I started my dream life surrounded by professional fighters training almost every day sacrificing a lot to chase their own dreams. Alex is an incredible coach and offered help to help improve my skills in all disciplines and we instantly became great friends, training daily, week in, week out; always learning and improving to the point where in 2018, after 7 years of gaining experience on amateur and semi-pro levels, I finally made the move to become a professional athlete.

It doesnt end there though as now I chase my goal of being the best professional fighter and recognised across the globe, I now have to train harder than ever and constantly learn more. The hard work has paid off as I became the Raged UK Middleweight Champion in 2018 and successfully defended my status of champion in 2019. I now look forward to taking the next steps onto more events to showcase my skills and achieve my ultimate goal.

This fighter coaches the following methods and positions:

Competition RECORD : 3-1-0

Personal Info

From: Chełmza, Toruń, Poland
Fights Out Of:  Weston-super-Mare, England
Age: 29
Height: 6′ 0″ ( 183 cm )
Weight: Middleweight

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DV8 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Checkmat Somerset) is now offering an opportunity for clubs to become affiliates and come under our umbrella. Although we have had affiliates for a few years now, with clubs we support in Devon and Somerset, we have never advertised this publicly and have only helped when friends have asked for support with seminars and gradings.

We have noticed that some clubs struggle to progress due to not having access to higher grades who can promote and provide guidance when needed, or do not have the resources to affiliate to one of the larger teams. This is where we can assist.

What makes us different?

Basically we want to help and support you with the progress of your club and work mutually to promote BJJ positively. We don’t want to be involved with how you run your school, we want to help you take your school forward and not be held back. Although we want to help you grow your group you must support us in keeping your training and professional standards high. We have been let down in the past so standards have to be set and it needs to be an ongoing process.

CONTACT US: If youre interested in becoming an affiliate and would like more information regarding this, please get in touch.

Please note that Checkmat and DV8 BJJ are both copyrighted, you cannot use the names or logos. 

We have tried to summarise a few frequently asked questions below:

How much does it cost to affiliate?
It doesn’t cost anything directly but you will be expected to host team seminars and attend team training sessions. When you have been accepted you are integrated into our family and can then consider yourself affiliated.

What do you get out of it?
All we want is a little acknowledgement and for everyone to be inclusive. As for support, we strive to organise team training days and seminars/gradings. 

I have my own club and want to affiliate, what next?
Drop Ian a message or give him a call to determine what you are looking for from the affiliation.

I have a grade in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from a different club, will this be recognised?
If you are transferring from another club/association for whatever reason then the grades you have been awarded will be recognised if they are from a reputable and verifiable source. The grades will obviously be checked.

Are there any requirements to teach/coach?
Yes, as a minimum standard you must be an experienced BJJ purple belt or have express permission from Ian to do so. You must also have adequate and relevant insurance.

Is there anything else I need to know?
You will be affiliating to benefit from our BJJ knowledge and experience. We are not an association so you are responsible for your own and teams actions. If you are the instructor who is enquiring about affiliating then we assume you will always act professionally, as the responsibility for the everyday running of your club is solely down to you.

I dont have a BJJ program yet at my school but want to introduce one, what can I do?
We can help you in setting up a programme and may be able to help install one of our coaches to work with you depending on your location. If not, we have a vast network of team mates and may be able to put you in contact with someone local who can assist.

DV8 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Checkmat Somerset) is now offering an opportunity for clubs to become affiliates and come under our umbrella. Although we have had affiliates for a few years now, with clubs we support in Devon and Somerset, we have never advertised this publicly and have only helped when friends have asked for support with seminars and gradings.

We have noticed that some clubs struggle to progress due to not having access to higher grades who can promote and provide guidance when needed, or do not have the resources to affiliate to one of the larger teams. This is where we can assist.

What makes us different?

Basically we want to help and support you with the progress of your club and work mutually to promote BJJ positively. We don’t want to be involved with how you run your school, we want to help you take your school forward and not be held back. Although we want to help you grow your group you must support us in keeping your training and professional standards high. We have been let down in the past so standards have to be set and it needs to be an ongoing process.

CONTACT US: If you're interested in becoming an affiliate and would like more information regarding this, please get in touch.

Please note that Checkmat and DV8 BJJ are both copyrighted, you cannot use the names or logos.

We have tried to summarise a few frequently asked questions below:

How much does it cost to affiliate?
It doesn’t cost anything directly but you will be expected to host team seminars and attend team training sessions. When you have been accepted you are integrated into our family and can then consider yourself affiliated.

What do you get out of it?
All we want is a little acknowledgement and for everyone to be inclusive. As for support, we strive to organise team training days and seminars/gradings.

I have my own club and want to affiliate, what next?
Drop Ian a message or give him a call to determine what you are looking for from the affiliation.

I have a grade in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from a different club, will this be recognised?
If you are transferring from another club/association for whatever reason then the grades you have been awarded will be recognised if they are from a reputable and verifiable source. The grades will obviously be checked.

Are there any requirements to teach/coach?
Yes, as a minimum standard you must be an experienced BJJ purple belt or have express permission from Ian to do so. You must also have adequate and relevant insurance.

Is there anything else I need to know?
You will be affiliating to benefit from our BJJ knowledge and experience. We are not an association so you are responsible for your own and teams actions. If you are the instructor who is enquiring about affiliating then we assume you will always act professionally, as the responsibility for the everyday running of your club is solely down to you.

I don't have a BJJ program yet at my school but want to introduce one, what can I do?
We can help you in setting up a programme and may be able to help install one of our coaches to work with you depending on your location. If not, we have a vast network of team mates and may be able to put you in contact with someone local who can assist.
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Hi everyone, we hope you are all well, coping with the lockdown and keeping motivated.

Here at Checkmat DV8 Jiu Jitsu we realised early on that this pandemic would have a huge impact on people physically, mentally and financially so we took the decision immediately to suspend all fees to make this one less thing for people to worry about. Yes we still have the usual outgoings to cover but using the options that have been made available to us we have made sure we are in a good position to survive this situation at this present time without impact to our team.

To carry on charging monthly membership fees only to supply online content which in all honesty people can obtain on YouTube just didnt sit comfortably with our morals or club ethics.

Thank you all for continuing to support us during this time and we will continue to update you as and when we know when we will be able to reopen. 

Keep safe, Ian

Hi everyone, we hope you are all well, coping with the lockdown and keeping motivated.

Here at Checkmat DV8 Jiu Jitsu we realised early on that this pandemic would have a huge impact on people physically, mentally and financially so we took the decision immediately to suspend all fees to make this one less thing for people to worry about. Yes we still have the usual outgoings to cover but using the options that have been made available to us we have made sure we are in a good position to survive this situation at this present time without impact to our team.

To carry on charging monthly membership fees only to supply online content which in all honesty people can obtain on YouTube just didn't sit comfortably with our morals or club ethics.

Thank you all for continuing to support us during this time and we will continue to update you as and when we know when we will be able to reopen.

Keep safe, Ian
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Some of the 20 plus years of travelling to train BJJ with amazing black belts week in week out to improve myself and my club and no bullshit claiming to have trained 20 years only to attend a handful of seminars and watch YouTube. Its so easy to impress the uneducated with dishonest claims and mediocre technique.

Some of the 20 plus years of travelling to train BJJ with amazing black belts week in week out to improve myself and my club and no bullshit claiming to have trained 20 years only to attend a handful of seminars and watch YouTube. It's so easy to impress the uneducated with dishonest claims and mediocre technique. ... See MoreSee Less

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