Chaz Valentine grew up in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, where he started training martial arts at seven years old. He joined the Marine Corps in 2000 at the age of seventeen, but it wasn't until 2005 that Chaz started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Because of his commitment to the Armed Services, Chaz traveled worldwide to support humanitarian missions and combat operations.
He has had the privilege of training with Gracie Barra, Alliance, Relson Gracie Academy, and the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association during his travels. He also has experience in other martial arts like Japanese Karate, Okinawan Kempo, Muay Thai, and Kali Escrima.
In 2016, Chaz founded Kinematic Martial Arts and established roots in the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. In May 2018, Chaz was awarded his Black Belt by Master Pedro Sauer and subsequently received his 1st Degree in April 2021. After 21 years of military service, Chaz retired from the Marine Corps in June 2021.
Youth Program Supervisor
Greg Castro grew up in Sacramento, California, where he started training Karate at seven years old. He joined the Marine Corps in 2007, and in 2009, Greg became a certified Black Belt instructor in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, focusing on hand-to-hand, edged weapons, and close-quarters combat techniques. While stationed in California in 2010, Greg was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; however, because of his commitment to the Armed Services, Greg continuously traveled worldwide to support humanitarian missions and combat operations until 2015.
In 2016, Greg reignited his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and joined the Kinematic Martial Arts Academy, where Coach Chaz Valentine awarded him his Blue Belt in August 2018. Greg also has experience in Kajukenbo, a hybrid martial art that combines Karate, Judo, Jujutsu, Kenpo, and Boxing.
Alan Sakoman grew up in Zagreb, Croatia, and came to the United States in 1996. From an early age, Alan's passion for martial arts was inspired by his Uncle, a professional boxer and amateur Muay Thai fighter. In 2001, Alan started studying Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu at the Dayton Bujinkan Dojo in Ohio. Alan also has experience in Kosen Judo, which ignited his interest in grappling arts.
After moving to Charlotte, Alan started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Coach Mark Cukro in 2016. Subsequently, in June 2018, Mark awarded him his Blue Belt in the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. With over 20 years of martial arts experience, Alan continues to train with the same passion and enthusiasm for learning. Alan's goal is to inspire others through martial arts training, as his Uncle did for him all those years ago.