Instructors

bjj and self defense classes for all ages and levels in Arcadia and Pasadena

PROFESSOR LUCAS ROCHA

ZR TEAM ARCADIA HEAD INSTRUCTOR – Professor Lucas Rocha is a Black Belt of  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

 

 

PROFESSOR BENCE ROMANEK

Responsible for the classes at the Pasadena Location , professor Bence cam all the way from Hungary to make the difference, his style and energy makes each and every class very unique in a very positive way.

 

 

 

  • Hungarian Open Champion
  • British National Open Champion
  • Rome International Open Champion
  • 2x NoGi European Champion

 

 

 

COACH KAORI HERNANDEZ

Born and raised in Pasadena-CA, coach Kaori is responsible for the kids class at the Arcadia location, she started training at 11 years old and now she became one of the best brown belts in the world. It’s a honor and pleasure to share the mats with such a humble, positive and focused person.

Here are some of Coach Kaori’s accomplishments:

5x World Champion

2x Pan American Champion

1x European Champion