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Zach Lenon

Cavalo BJJ was founded in 2010 by Zach Lenon. Zach began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2003 and earned his black belt in 2011 under Francisco "Kiko" France.

Zach competes regularly and is one of the most accomplished grapplers in the Midwest, with multiple tournament victories at the black belt level. Zach has won the Arnold classic in each belt level of gi and has won the no-gi advanced three consecutive years. He is a 6-time NAGA champion and NAGA absolute no-gi champion, EGO advanced no-gi champion, and holds several other regional tournmanet titles. Zach competes nationally and internationally in the IBJJF and ADCC tournaments.

Cavalo BJJ

At Cavalo BJJ, we provide black-belt level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction in a safe, family friendly atmosphere. We maintain a clean, professional facility and welcome all skill levels and body types in an intimidation-free environment. Our facility has 1700 square foot of mat space and provides locker rooms and showers for student use

We are also very proud to provide students with the highest-level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Columbia, Mo. Our members are some of the most accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu artists at their belt-level in the state. Zach Lenon, our lead instructor, is the only black belt in mid-Missouri as well.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a ground-based martial art focused on using leverage and positions to apply submission holds against the opponent or subdue him with superior positioning. BJJ was made famous by Royce Gracie as he showcased the superiority of the art against larger opponents in the early UFC's.

BJJ is still used by all mixed martial artists. It has been adopted by law-enforcement and military personnel as well. It has become one of the most widely-studied martial arts in the United States and is an excellent self-defense mechanism. The techniques used in BJJ allow all ages and body shapes to excel in martial arts.


601 West Business Loop Suite 122
Columbia, Mo. 65201
We are located on the lower level of Parkade Plaza

(417) 766-5214