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Erik Ekholm - Jacksonville Martial Arts Instructor

Zone Martial Arts teaches physical defense, mental strength, and life lessons in a family-friendly, safe environment.

At Zone Martial Arts, we teach a mixture of  mixed martial arts consisting of Taekwondo, American Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Krav Maga.

Our instructors, led by world champion Taekwondo Master, Erik Ekholm, teach old and young how to protect themselves and be confident in an uncertain world. At Zone Martial Arts, we teach life lesson, goal setting, respect, and above all, self defense and the confidence to stand up for yourself.

We help our students to strengthen their mental, emotional, and physical fitness and teach them lessons that will protect their mind, body, and spirit — today, and tomorrow.

“Be in the Zone, Stay on Target and Follow Through”
— Erik Ekholm

The Zone Martial Arts Approach

We teach a combination of Taekwondo, American Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Krav Maga.

Zone Martial Arts teaches self defense with a mixture of  Krava Maga for practical head locks and bear chokes;  Brazilian jiu jitsu for grappling and a mix of boxing, Taekwondo and Muay Tai for striking.

This unique approach to martial arts was developed by Master Erik Ekholm, a 6th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo with many years of military training and certification in Krav Maga , Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kickboxing, and American Boxing.

Master Ekholm’s martial arts training started in 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 12. He was immediately hooked; the structure and discipline, which was taught in a fun and challenging manner, developed his deep passion for the martial arts.

Among his many accolades, in 1982, Master Ekholm won the U.S Open and the Battle of Atlanta in the Men’s super-lightweight division. In 1989, he took the Gold Medal at the National Collegiate Championships in Olympic Taekwondo. In 1994, Master Ekhom won the World Championship.

While serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Ord, California, Master Ekholm furthered his skills in hand-to-hand combat, learning Krav Maga and other disciplines that later became the building blocks of his first school in San Jose, California. After establishing three martial arts schools in California, Master Ekholm transitioned leadership to his brother and business partners. He married his wife, Melanie, and moved back to Jacksonville, establishing Zone Martial Arts here in Duval County.

During his 45+ years learning and teaching mixed martial arts, Master Ekholm has helped thousands of students reach their martial art and fitness goals. His passion is helping people benefit from the martial arts while learning life skills and character traits to enrich their lives. He is passionate about teaching kids and adults, and is ready to help you reach your goal……ARE YOU READY?

Meet the Ekholm Family

Erik and Melanie are happily married for 20+ years and counting. Melanie is a 2nd degree black belt and co-owner of Zone Martial Arts. Their oldest son, Logan, is a 1st degree black belt, in the military and married.  Their second son, Skout, is a 1st degree black belt and currently attending FAU majoring in Finance.  Their daughter, Viktoria, is a 2nd degree black belt and will be attending Liberty University and a cadet with the Air Force ROTC in the Fall of 2024.  The Ekholm family are members of Church of Eleven 22.

Erik and Melanie created a strong foundation for their family.  They taught their children discipline, humility and strong mental fortitude.

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work.”
— Our family verse, 1 Chronicles 28:20