About Us

Welcome to Cortez Full Circle Martial Arts

"We welcome you to scroll through our website, FB and IG pages and if you feel this is a good fit for you, we welcome you to take the next steps and reach out to schedule a Free Trial Class. We opened our doors to our first academy in 2001 in Manteca, CA. At that time, we only taught Mitose’s Kosho-Ryu Kenpo. In 2008, we added the Brazilian Art of Jiu-Jitsu and relocated to a larger facility. We always look for ways to accommodate our students, so when they requested Muay Thai, we delivered by adding this program in 2018 at our much larger facility.   We have now also added Youth Wrestling and an MMA Class. We invite you to stop by and check out our 4500 sq ft facility in Lathrop and see what all the fuss is about! 

"See YOU on the Mat!“

Meet Our Staff

Professor Jason and Lillie Cortez

Academy Owners

About the Owners

Professor/Sensei Jason Cortez

Head Instructor, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

About Jason Cortez

Professor Jason Murillo

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

About Jason Murillo

Coach Samuel Merz

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

About Samuel

Coach Eric Cortez

Muay Thai Instructor

About Eric

Coach Jose Perez

MMA Coach

About Jose

Sensei Aysia Cortez

Guest Instructor

About Aysia

Coach Morgan Bounds

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Guest Instructor

Coach Morgan began his martial arts journey with the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program during his enlistment with the Marine Corps. Following his military service, he embarked on a career with the California Highway Patrol and enrolled with Cortez Full Circle Martial Arts. As a student of Professor Jason Cortez, he is honored to assist him by sharing his knowledge with others when the opportunity arises. Morgan also serves as an instructor with the Advanced Officer Safety Training Unit within CHP and incorporates jiu-jitsu into training uniformed officers as well as cadets. Morgan pulls from his background as a Marine and law enforcement officer to support his jiu-jitsu training methods. Morgan is a departmental range officer, departmental defensive tactics instructor, and has completed the Gracie Survival Tactics Instructor course. When not training, he spends time with his family, at the range, and watching Houston Texans football.

Instructor's Assistant Jeffrey Lumidao

Assistant Kids/Youth Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Coach Jeffrey has been training at Cortez Full Circle Martial Arts since 2015.