Professor Steve has been training, learning and teaching martial arts for many years. He still trains hard everyday to make sure he is the best he can be and to be the best possible instructor.
Professor Steve is the head instructor and owner of Matrix Martial Arts and achieved his Black Belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu from Mastre Sylvio Behring in 2016. He currently trains under Professor Lovato Jr the most decorated American JiuJitsu practitioner in history. Professor Steve is also a coach under the great Erik Paulson, founder of CSW Combat Submission Wrestling and one of the pioneers of MMA in America. At Matrix Martial Arts he will be teaching Coach Erik's STX Kickboxing, CSW NoGi grappling and Professor Lovato Jrs JiuJitsu curriculum.
It is Professor Steves dream to build a martial arts school where everyone can thrive and a place where everyone can feel safe. Professor Steve can help you to build confidence, lose weight, learn something new or even compete if that is your dream one day.
I started my martial arts journey in Bournemouth, England at 12 years old with Shukokai Karate and continued to train up until I had achieved a purple belt in that art at the age of 15. I decided to started to train again after a break and found a Wado Ryu Karate school. This time I was determined to train hard and get my black belt. I did train hard, training 4-5 times a week and was well on my way to that black belt when after 3 years my instructor came into class and announced that we wouldn’t be training Wado Ryu anymore but switching to Zen Shorin Do. So again my Karate journey stopped at purple belt.
At this point I was introduced to Colin Sherrard and Jeet Kune Do. Colin ran the School Of Fighting Arts in Poole, Dorset. When I started training with Colin I knew my martial arts was going to go to a different level. Colin Sherrard was one of only a few full instructors under Guru Dan Inosanto in England at the time. My eyes were opening to a whole new world of martial arts. Muay Thai, Savate, Eskrima (knife and stick), trapping and grappling to name a few. I had the pleasure of training with Guru Dan Inosanto on numerous occasions at various seminars around the country. I was also meeting other great martial artists; Erik Paulson, Rick Faye, Rick Young. During this I was also fortunate to meet Phil Norman. Phil was Colin’s best friend and training partner and an amazing martial artist. Sadly in 1999 Colin passed away. I knew without a doubt that if I wanted to continue to train JKD Phil Norman was my best option.
Rafael Lovato Jr
Rafael was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in June of 1983 and he has lived in Oklahoma City since he was 8 years old. Following the influence of his father, Rafael began studying martial arts when he first started walking. Rafael’s path began by studying Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Escrima, Boxing, and Thai Boxing under his father and Richard Bustillo. Rafael was very competitive and he soon held titles in Escrima and was well on his way to a promising boxing career.
At the early of age of thirteen, Rafael found his passion when his father introduced him to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after learning about it through a JKD instructor's conference. Rafael made a serious commitment to BJJ at the age of fifteen, after early competition success. At 16 years of age, Rafael won the 2000 Pan-American Championships in the Juvenile, Blue Belt division. Later that year, after turning 17, Rafael won 2 medals at the World Championships, in the Juvenile, Blue Belt division, including the Bronze medal in his weight class and the Silver medal in the Juvenile absolute division. Rafael was among the first generation of Americans to win in the Juvenile division in Brazil and his 2000 campaign included wins over some of Brazil's future stars including: Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes, Ricardo "Demente" Abreu, and Vinny "Pezao" Magalhaes.
Erik started his career in martial arts starting with judo at age of 8. However, he got disillusioned after failing to use it in self-defense, when a bully blocked his hip throw by pulling his hair and forced Erik to strike him in order to win. Convinced that striking arts were the best to defend himself, he took up taekwondo, boxing and karate, among other arts. Many years after, he moved to California and became a student under Dan Inosanto, learning styles like Jeet Kune Do, arnis/kali/eskrima, wing chun and silat.
In 1986, however, Paulson returned to explore grappling when he started Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Rorion, Royce and Rickson Gracie in his garage. Upon returning to Inosanto's academy, he met Yorinaga Nakamura, who taught him shoot wrestling (better known in the west as Catch wrestling). Paulson got hooked with the style, and through Nakamura he got in touch with Satoru Sayama in order to fight in Shooto.
In 1993, Erik had his first fight there, submitting Kazuhiro Kusayanagi. He also asked to compete in Ultimate Fighting Championship, but the Gracies refused as Royce was already going to compete there, so Paulson ended cornering him instead.
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