Professors Hans Thompson, Mauricio Zingano, & Matt Simms

Team Zingano was founded by Master Mauricio Zingano, a 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt (Under Carlos "Caique" Elias) and native of Brazil who taught for over 20 years and learned directly from the Gracie family.

This means that you are taught in the same way that Master Zingano was taught by Master Helio Gracie and his sons Rorion, Rickson, and Royce Gracie and other leading Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experts such as Carlos "Caique" Elias, Fabio Santos and many more!

Today, Team Zingano is led by Professor Matt Simms in Broomfield, and Professor Hans Thompson in Brighton.

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 his skills to his students and training partners. He's 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 fit and confident.

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) - Black Belt
  • Professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter
  • Muay Thai Kick Boxing


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.

Professor Hans 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.

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – Black Belt
  • Muay Thai Kick Boxing

Learn From the Best

With the increase in popularity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, some with dubious credentials have sought to cash in by opening their own gyms. At Zingano Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we believe that outstanding results come only from an outstanding training program taught by dedicated, qualified instructors.

Don’t be fooled by imitators and amateurs! Zingano Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is owned and operated by people who have dedicated their lives to their craft and have the skills and experience necessary to kick your fitness regimen into orbit and provide you with the BEST instruction available in Colorado!

To show our thanks to law enforcement and military members for protecting our citizens and country, we offer discounted rates on our services.

Competition

We encourage our students to compete and test their skills in the ring, but we also realize that not every student wishes to explore this aspect of the sport. We treat every student like a champion regardless of their decision to compete or not.

Team Zingano has won numerous Team State titles BJJ, Submission Grappling and Thai Boxing as well as having an impeccable Mixed Martial Arts record with 85% or higher Win to Loss ratio.

Current UFC Champions Jose Aldo & Junior dos Santos have called Team Zingano “home” while preparing for fights as well as many other top notch fighters such as Rodrigo “Minotauro Nogueira, Marlon Sandro, Justin Lawrence, Leo Santos and many more.