Second Degree Black Belt Scott Zapczynski is the owner and head instructor of Metro Detroit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was first exposed to the effective art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by watching a skinny, 170 lb. Brazilian fighter named Royce Gracie control and defeat larger, stronger, more athletic opponents in the early Ultimate Fighting Championships. Shortly after, Scott began training in 1997 at a Gracie affiliated school in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
In 1998, while working on a project in Orlando, Florida, Scott began training with a BJJ Black Belt and Brazilian National Champion under Ricardo De La Riva named Marcelo Grosso. In 1999, Marcelo invited Scott to his home in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to spend the winter training at Ricardo De La Riva’s academy in Copacabana. In 2000, Marcelo moved to Michigan with Scott and began teaching BJJ classes until 2001 when Marcelo had to return to Brazil.
A few Brazilian friends that had followed Marcelo up to Michigan stayed behind to live, work and continue training with Scott. At the end of 2002, Scott returned to Brazil to live and train for the winter. Fortunately, he has been able to spend 4 months per year since 2002, living and training in Rio De Janeiro with Marcelo Grosso and Master Ricardo De La Riva.
Over those years, Scott has trained and competed in Brazil as a member of Team De La Riva. Being fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, Scott has assisted Master De La Riva in giving BJJ and Self Defense seminars in the U.S. and Brazil. Scott is proud to be the only American BJJ Black Belt to have begun training as a White Belt and been awarded his Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black Belts by Master Ricardo De La Riva. All belts were awarded at Master De La Riva’s academy in Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Scott grew up in Shelby Township, Michigan and is a graduate of Utica Eisenhower High School and Michigan State University.
Professor Scott’s BJJ Lineage: MITSUYO MAEDA > CARLOS GRACIE > CARLSON GRACIE > RICARDO DE LA RIVA > SCOTT ZAPCZYNSKI
*Taken from Metro Detroit BJJ