Professor Matt Simms – M.M.A. & B.J.J. – Head Coach
Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
Muay Thai Kick Boxing – Black Rank
Professor Simms began his training under Master Zingano in 2004 and has since become one of the top BJJ and MMA fighters in Colorado, holding 3 MMA titles at 155lbs and multiple Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling State titles. He has been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and MMA since 2006.
Matt is a dedicated instructor and very proficient at passing on all of his skills to his students and training partners and has helped coach many of our top fighters to succeed in MMA, BJJ and Thai Boxing.
Professor Simms is a great motivator and constantly pushes his students towards their goals, regardless if they want to become a champion, lose weight, achieve their next rank or simply become for fit and confident.
Professor Hans Thompson – M.M.A. & B.J.J.- Brighton Head Coach
With over 15 years of training, Professor Hans Thompson is among the most experienced jiu-jitsu practitioners in Colorado. He began his training in 1999 under renowned Rickson Gracie black belt “Megaton” Dias, and went on to earn his blue belt under Rey Diogo black belt Martin Escobar. After spending 2 years training and competing in Japan, he moved to Colorado in 2005 and began training at Zingano BJJ. Professor Hans earned his black belt in 2012, one of only 5 black belts promoted by Mauricio Zingano in his lifetime. He has also trained in a variety of other arts including Aikido, Judo, Muay Thai, and Karate. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for helping his students improve themselves and achieve their goals. Aside from managing and instructing at the ZBJJ Brighton academy, Hans is a professional Japanese to English translator and has worked as a commentator and interpreter for several major MMA promotions.
Professor Mike Mendel
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – Black Belt
Professor Mendel began his training under Master Zingano in 2004. He has been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2006. He is also a nurse at the Children’s Hospital in Denver.
Professor Mike is literally a BJJ encyclopedia! Always seeking more information, Professor Mike is constantly studying the art by either watching instructional videos, reading book about it or simply spending lots of time at open mat trying new moves and variations of old moves.
Professor Josh Ford
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – 1st Degree Black Belt
Josh began his BJJ career under Professor Dave Ruiz and received his BJJ Black Belt from Master Zingano in 2009. He is a Pro MMA fighter and a nutritionist as well.