Martial Louie F. Zapata

DOM Rank

Senior Training Officer, LEO Instructor, Advanced Hand to Hand Tactics

PFS Rank

Full Instructor, Military Edge Weapons Instructor


Brentwood, CA

Phone Number



…"The attitude I choose keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope."…Charles Swindoll


Martial Zapata is a Self-Defense instructor based in Brentwood, CA.  He is the Chief Instructor for East Bay Contemporary Jeet Kune Do, a school founded on the principles of Contemporary Jeet Kune Do (CJKD) through the instruction of his trusted friend and mentor, Paul Vunak, the founder and CEO of Progressive Fighting Systems.  He holds the rank of Senior Full Instructor, Senior Military Edged Weapons Instructor, Law Enforcement Instructor, Senior Training Officer for Descendants of the Masters (DOM), Advanced Hand to Hand Tactics and is the Progressive Fighting Systems West Coast Regional Director.  His experience in the field involves countless hours of travel and training alongside Paul, conducting major seminars to large groups of students with varied backgrounds which include high ranking martial arts instructors, military and law enforcement agents, executives, as well as, the common man.

As a God-fearing family man, Martial’s teaching philosophy extends from his own personal convictions to protect those he loves most and teach others to be able to do the same.  His teaching style emphasizes on Progressive Fighting Systems’ Reality-Based Self-Defense approach to Martial Arts while relying on the full-circle of self-preservation, not just on one’s physical abilities, but also on one’s mental, emotional and spiritual awareness as it relates to the situation at hand.  Typical training sessions with Martial are physically challenging, but more importantly, they are engaging and empowering.  This is because he takes great pleasure in instilling confidence in his students by equipping them with the tools to protect themselves and preserve the safety of their loved ones.

Contact Martial for IPTPs (Intensive Personal Training Program), Seminars, Small/Group Classes, or PFS Certifications.