Zach Maslany is a black belt under Eddie Bravo and is also a life long martial artist. He began his grappling career at age 16 after training in karate for several years. Zach attained the rank of 2nd degree black belt under Master Tiger Schulmann. He had a success as a kickboxer where we went 4-0-1 and also fought in the golden gloves going 2-1. In 2002 after a teammate dropped out due to injury Zach stepped up and fought in Reality Fighting 2 which was MMA in its early days and won the USMMA Flyweight title by TKO/head kick in Wildwood, NJ.
After losing the title by triangle he decided to dive deeper into no-gi jiu-jitsu for MMA. He found Eddie Bravo and 10th Planet jiu-jitsu around the same time as co-founder of Finishers MMA and 10th Planet Bethlehem, JM Holland. Zach traveled to Los Angeles to visit friends and periodically train under Eddie. In 2011 Zach competed at one of the first sub only events at the Rochester 10th Planet training camp and even though he wasn’t ranked in jiu-jitsu he defeated two purple belts eventually losing to a brown belt in the finals.
Zach and JM had already known each other for years and wanted to bring a change to the Lehigh Valley and introduce a new way of bringing across high level martial arts to the area. They officially opened up 10th planet Bethlehem in 2012.
Zach and JM have both gone from blue belt to black belt under Eddie Bravo. They have also helped to open 10th Planet Woodbridge, NJ, 10th Planet Long Island, NY and soon to be 10th Planet Miami and Newton, NJ.
"How you do anything is how you do everything"
- Zach Maslany
Zach as a coach has helped to produce champions in MMA and Jiu-Jitsu. He and JM have trained prolific students such as Grace Gundrum who is widely regarded as the best female teen grappler on the planet, and current welterweight EBI Combat JJ Champion John “Thor” Blank.