Aaron Zaballos

Founder | Instructor

Aaron is IBJJF World, Pan American, No Gi World, 2x American National Champion and 3x US Open Champion.  He is the head instructor and founder of Z MATA.   In addition to being a Black Belt under the Soul Fighters, Aaron is a certified coach through the California Interscholastic Federation.  His lifelong love for competitive athletics, pursuits in martial arts and deep background in sports – his father is a retired high school teacher, athletic director and coach – inspired his interest in Kajukenbo, Kickboxing, and ultimately his passion for the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

After a successful; collegiate basketball career and upon graduating with his Masters Degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco, Aaron founded the Z MATA with a focus on Jiu-Jitsu as well as Kajukenbo and Judo.  Aaron embraces and exemplifies the Z MATA vision and belief that through martial arts we can change and enhance the lives of others.

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Steven Stevie Martin

Owner | Instructor

Steven “Stevie” Martin Jr. is a lifelong martial artist that began his martial arts journey over thirty years ago. Stevie is a Black Belt (Sandan) in Judo receiving his black belt from Olympic/Paralympic Judo Coach Willy Cahill.

Stevie has travelled all over the world competing in Judo and Wrestling.  Stevie was a 2002 NCAA All-American Wrestler at Loras College (2nd NCAA DIII), and a former member of the US Olympic Training Center Judo Team in Colorado Springs.

Stevie also was employed s a Police Officer where he was a K9 Handler and a Defensive Tactics Instructor.

“A black belt is a white belt who never quits!”

Renzo Gracie