Meet our Instructors at Infinite Martial Arts
James Hidalgo is the Founder of Infinite Martial Arts that he started in 2011. After training in Taekwondo for the past twenty years, both as a professional athlete and while serving in the US Marine Corps as a non-commissioned officer, he decided to take his passion to the next level by opening up his own business. His passion for the sport has helped him build up a successful business that is able to help children and young adults develop a stronger sense of self and confidence that is uniquely provided through athletics. The goal he had and continues to have for the studio is to share the sport of martial arts with his local community.
James has over two decades of professional martial arts and teaching experience. He currently holds a 4th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. James is also an experienced instructor in boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai. He currently lives in the San Francisco Marina neighborhood to be close to his studio where he strives to serve his community.
Stefan began his journey in Martial Arts at the age of nine and continued his journey by studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at age twenty-one while attending Arizona State University. Training under Professor Arthur Ruff of the Carlson Gracie Team, Stefan moved through the Belt ranking system and eventually after many years, earned his Black Belt under that lineage.
After graduating from ASU with a degree in Anthropology, he moved to Concord, California and began to fight professionally under UFC top contender, Gil Castillo and Kickboxing champion, George Tsutsui.
Throughout Stefan’s Martial Arts journey he has trained and competed alongside high level instructors and teammates at the amature and proffesional level. Upon moving to San Francisco, Stefan trained out of the El Nino Training Center for a number of years before branching out to help expand Infinite Martial Arts adult program.
Stefan truly enjoys studying Jiu-jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts as well as sharing the knowledge that his instructors and experiences have given him. The focus of his classes is to develop the mind, body and spirit of his students while embracing the philosophies, fundamentals, and traditions of Jiu-Jitsu and Martial Arts.
Remembering the important impact martial arts had on his childhood growing up, Edward is very honored to be able to give back to a new generation of bright children. Edward’s experience includes 6 years of Taekwondo, 4 years combined in jujitsu, wrestling and hapkido, and has also competed in three separate US Junior Olympics (Olympic Sparring) at varying ranks. The highlights of Edward’s career were achieving a National Champion gold medalist title as a Blue belt and earning the silver medal at the Jr National level as a Green belt. Those experiences have created a deep appreciation and passion for martial arts that Edward is very eager to share.
Having a daughter of his own has also allowed him to appreciate even more the importance of creating a foundation of discipline, focus & respect for our community’s youth. Edward admires this foundation that Infinite Martial Arts has built for its community, and is honored to be mentored by his uncle, Master James Hidalgo, and give back to the Infinite family.