Beast From The East: Eldar ‘Yakuza’: “This Year I’ve Competed 11 Times & Got 19 Medals.”



Eldar “Yakuza” is one of the biggest European BJJ prospects. The purple belt fighting out of Jungle BJJ in Czech Republic is a competition machine in Central-Eastern Europe, and medals everywhere he goes. I met Eldar when I spent a few days in Prague and got to train with him. Not only is Yakuza a beast, but his kindness and passion for Jiu-Jitsu really impressed me. 

1. Hi Eldar, can you please introduce yourself to the BJJ Community of Eastern Europe? 

Hi! My name is Eldar ,,Yakuza”, I’m 26 years old, bjj purple belt under Fernando Araujo.I was born in Republica Moldova and I live and train in Praga Czech Republic.the team that I’m representing is Jungle Bjj. My main titles are:gold from Italy open 2012,double gold at abu dhabi world trial in Romania and 4 golden medals from Grapplers Quest Europe 2013 Amsterdam.


2. Please tell us about your Jiu-Jitsu story

I trained boxing and one day I see some videos about bjj ,i was very impressed and after two days i go to my first class whe I fell in love in this sport.

3. You have really blown up on the regional competition scene in the past year taking gold medals left and right. What triggered your success?

I think my success in hard trainings every day and because I compete a lot,this year I compete at 11 tournaments where I take 19 medals.


4. Please tell us about your academy in Czech Republic, Jungle BJJ.

In Jungle bjj train about 40 people,we have a very friendly team not only at mats but outside gym also.our coach Fernando Araujo is very good person and teacher.

5. Who or what are the biggest influences in your BJJ game?

I think my family my coach my team and me. :))))))


6. What is next for you and your team in 2013/ 14?

in the next 3 month I want to compete in Poland 2x,Slovakia,Germany,Italy,Hungary and local tournaments.

7. If you want to thank somebody or sponsors, feel free

I want to thank my family ,my coach and friend Fernando Araujo,my team Jungle Bjj and all guys from another’s gyms with whom I train.Train hard Party hard. : ))))))

8. Thanks Eldar and all the best!