Master Zingano began training in Martial Arts at age 10 doing Karate and Judo. At 16 years old he began taking Jiu Jitsu lessons from the world famous Gracie brothers.
Master Zingano was fortunate enough to learn from Rickson, Rorion, Rolker, Relson and Royce Gracie for many years and also from the patriarch of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu), Master Helio Gracie.
Not only he was taught the art of Jiu Jitsu but more importantly he received private training form Grand Master Helio Gracie himself on how to teach Jiu Jitsu. He began teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the young age of 17.
Master Zingano learned directly from the source of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and defended the honor of the Gracie family in several occasions during the “Gracie Challenge Matches”, where black belts and experts from other disciplines such as Karate, Tae Know Do, Kung Fu, Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai, Shoot Fighting, Sambo and many others would come in to the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy and have No Holds Barred matches against the Gracie Jiu Jitsu fighters. In this challenges matches Master Zingano fought without hesitation opponents who out weight him by as much as 100lbs and were over a foot taller than him never suffering a single defeat. He was known as one of the “gate keepers” at the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy during an era where bouts were fought without protective gear, weight classes and on a moment’s notice.
Over the years Master Zingano also studied Wrestling, Boxing and Muay Thai Kick Boxing and fought in numerous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions. He became a two time national BJJ champion and remained undefeated in MMA having had over 30 amateur and professional bouts.
In 2004 Master Zingano moved to Denver and established his first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Westminster.
He was also the founder of the Rocky Mountain Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, an organization that promoted and organized local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling tournaments, helping the growth of the sport in Colorado.
Master Zingano teaches daily between both Zingano Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academies in Broomfield and Brighton and in 2010 he was voted “Colorado’s MMA Coach of the Year.”
Master Zingano has leaded his Team to win 10 State Championships, 4 National Cup Championships and several other prestigious titles in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Grappling. He has made in to champions many of his fighters who had never had any previous MMA experience.
Master Zingano own wife, Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter Cat Zingano, is one of the top ranked MMA fighters in the world toda