"ZMATA will make the champion out of you whether it be on or off the mats. If you are looking for a place to train with world class Jiu Jitsu fighters then ZMATA is the school you are looking for."
"One of the best BJJ Academies and for sure the best kids program in the Bay Area. Make sure you bring your kids there!!!"
"Great location. Friendly and competitive. Welcoming to families and the two key instructors make the atmosphere an awesome place to be and grow your skill set at."
"This is an awesome dojo both my boy's and I train here. Aaron is a great instructor he pushes you to become better every day you train."
"One of the most passionate people I know. Very patient and you can see he loves what he does. Highly recommend."
"This is a top notch, medal-winning martial arts training academy, in jiu-jitsu and judo. The instructors are beyond fabulous, instilling in their students discipline, respect and motivation. As a parent I feel privileged my son is able to participate in a positive environment where the kids here make each other better competitors, day after day. Under the great leadership and vision of Aaron Zaballos, this school has put itself on the map as a great jiu-jitsu academy."
"World-class school for kids and adults alike. The way Aaron Zaballos, Z MATA owner and head coach, runs the academy is quite simple: the focus is 100% on students and 0% on profit. There is even a Judo class to compliment Jiu Jitsu game offered at no additional charge, which is something quite rare across most of the BJJ schools. Needless to say that such practices translate into outstanding results, including gold in local, national, and international competitions (gi and no gi). If one's goals do not include winning world titles in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu then Z MATA offers a wide variety of other activists from yoga and cardio kickboxing to self-defence classes to get and keep one in the best psychological and physical shapes of his/her life. In other words, joining Z MATA family is a truly easy choice."
"When I heard Aaron was opening an academy in my home town of Castro Valley, I was thrilled. Not only would Castro Valley finally get their first dedicated BJJ academy, it would get an academy run by World, Pan, and National champion in Aaron Zaballos. Aaron has a beautiful academy with a generous amount of mat space that encourages a safe, clean, and welcoming vibe. The skill level of the students is excellent from their kids to their adults. I can tell Aaron invests a lot into his students and cares a great deal about their goals. If I lived or worked in the area, I wouldn't hesitate to call this academy home."
"I am so grateful that we found Z Mata! Both of my children (7 & 8 years old) started classes at Z Mata with Coach Aaron and Coach Stevie 4 months ago having had zero exposure to Jiu Jitsu & Judo. They were intimidated at first but Coach Aaron, Coach Stevie and all of their students were so kind, patient and encouraging. My son is now especially passionate about BJJ & Judo and I have seen a positive change in his self confidence, discipline and outlook on fitness. If you are thinking about trying out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Martial Arts, you should definitely check out Z Mata!"