We are proud to say that all of our instructors are Brazilians and had the chance to learn straight from the source with more than 10 years of experience each.


ZR TEAM ARCADIA HEAD INSTRUCTOR – 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
  • 2x Pan American No-Gi Champion
  • 2x Brazilian Nationals Champion
  • American Nationals Champion


ZR TEAM PASADENA HEAD INSTRUCTOR – Professor Diego came to change the environment of our academy. Starting training BJJ with 11 years of age Professor Diego has a lot of experience either competing and teaching.fullsizeoutput_8a

By having the second location opened, ZR Pasadena. Professor Diego and Professor Lucas share the classes on both of the locations. Having the students getting different concepts of each technique where they can get what works best for each one of them. Some of Professor Diego’s accomplishments as an athlete include:

  • 2x Third Place at World Championship
  • 2x European Champion
  • 7x South American Champion
  • 9x Brazilian Nationals Champion


ZR TEAM ARCADIA – With 12 years experience of training, Professor Gabriel is a Professor Lucas Black Belt. He is another Brazilian phenomenon that came to support our academy.

A few of Coach Gabriel’s achievements include:

  • 2016 IBJJF World Champion
  • 2018 World Pro Champion
  • 2x Brazilian National Champion
  • 4x American National Champion Gi and NoGi
  • Vice European Champion
  • Third Place at Abu Dhabi World Pro
  • Austin International Champion Gi and NoGi
  • Las Vegas International Champion
  • San Diego International Champion
  • 2018 ACBJJ World Champion