About us

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The ZR TEAM California School located in Arcadia was founded in March of 2010. ZR Team Pasadena is an extension of the Arcadia location, created in March 2017.

We offer world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction for individuals, families, and Law Enforcement officials of the San Gabriel Valley. Jiu-jitsu is a reference for fitness, character development, self-defense, and martial arts for the communities of Arcadia, Pasadena, Monrovia, and Duarte.

The ZR TEAM California classes are aligned with the ZR TEAM Program Structure developed by Master Ze Radiola to meet specific learning needs for people of different ages, gender, and levels. Our clean, friendly, and progress-oriented environment allow our students to have a challenging, inspirational, and warm learning and training experience that always make them feel like family.


The benefits of ZR TEAM Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are far-reaching and will touch every aspect of your life. At ZR TEAM, our students become leaders. ZR TEAM nurtures your independent thinking, supports your fighting spirit, and helps you achieve your personal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu goals.IMG_0227

Through ZR Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will begin to understand yourself, on and off the mats, in ways you never imagined. You will test your limits and become the best you can be. ZR respects that each student has their own goals and we support you in reaching them. The more you train, the better you will become and the more you will reach your true potential in life.

ZR Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for anyone who wants to learn how to defend him or herself in combat. What most people don’t know, is that ZR Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will also allow you to apply those same principles of fighting to the daily battles of life, like weight loss, stress, relationship issues, and self-confidence. You will learn how to think through problems more constructively on and off the mats.

At ZR, you are a part of an extended family. You will join a team that will support you in your quest for self-improvement. Training the techniques and participating with your partners and coaches, will give you an arsenal of weapons at your disposal whenever you should need them. The more you train, the more you will arm yourself with knowledge and skills to fight all your battles in life like a black belt.



Professor Lucas Rocha is a Black Belt of the prestigious ZR TEAM PERNAMBUCO in Recife, Brazil. He began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was 12, under the tutelage of his uncle and Professor Ze Radiola ( ZR TEAM founder), who trained under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. Professor Lucas is an active competitor, defending the ZR TEAM name and traditions with many accomplishments. A few of Professor Lucas’ achievements include:cropped-lucas-rocha_0024.jpg

  • 4x World Champion
  • 3x Pan American Champion
  • 2x European Champion
  • World No-Gi Champion
  • Pan American No-Gi Champion
  • 2x Brazilian Nationals Champion
  • Campeão Pan americano 2001
  • American Nationals Champion

In addition to being a phenomenal athlete and competitor, Professor Lucas is an official referee for the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), and he travels worldwide, sharing his knowledge and experience of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He teaches children as young as 3 years of age, adults, high-level athletes, police and military officers, and firemen. He is charismatic, attentive and, most importantly loves teaching. He is an outstanding role model and mentor to all of his students. It has always been Professor Lucas’ dream to share his knowledge and love for a life-changing sport such as Jiu-Jitsu.