About Jacob Pinto
Martial Arts Competitor, World Class Tricker, Performer, Entertainer, Teacher, and Actor
At only 19 years old, Jacob Pinto is a 17-time World Champion Martial Artist, black belt in the discipline of karate, and bona-fide star in the art of tricking – an aesthetic blend of martial arts, Capoeira, aerial gymnastics, break dancing and athleticism. Jacob competes worldwide and holds titles in seven countries: Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Guatemala, United States, and most recently South Korea – where he won the Red Bull Kick It Tricking Competition in 2015.
Jacob’s talent has also lead him to work in television, film and commercials. He has appeared on The Voice, performing with American singer and songwriter CeeLo Green. Pinto has also been featured on shows such as America’s Got Talent and Live to Dance, TV channels including Nickelodeon and ESPN, along with a number of music videos and commercials.
Pinto took 1st place in the 2014 Summer JAM Gathering and won his ticket to Seoul, Korea, ranking in the top 16 around the world for Red Bull’s Kick It 2014. Jacob unfortunately had to bow out of the competition due to an injury, but was back within 30 days and stronger than ever! He earned 1st place in Red Bull’s Throwdown in 2014 and 2015, where he outperformed the best trickers in the world in individual and team showdowns, scoring highest with the panel of five judges. He especially impressed the judges, fellow trickers and audience with his cork shuriken boxcutter. Jacob’s accolades have helped him gain exposure worldwide, leading to an endorsement with Descente, an international performance clothing brand.
Pinto excels at some of the most exciting and risky weapons competitions where he’s not only mastering his body but manipulating weapons without error. He took first place in the U.S. Open ISKA World Championship, wowing the crowd with his double sword performance beating out the defending world champion. Pinto returned to the stage that same night in ESPN3’s Night of Champions, taking an unprecedented second World Championship title that evening with his outstanding XMA performance. Pinto holds six gold medals from WKA World Championship in Italy – three for his weapons performance and three for forms.
In addition to his titles, Pinto conducts worldwide training seminars in martial arts, weapons and tricking – teaching thousands of students the knowledge and skills he has accumulated throughout his life. He’s worked with kids as young as 4 years old and adults as old as 50, including A-list actor and celebrity Channing Tatum. Throughout his career, he’s been known to master moves of high difficulty at a very young age. In the world of tricking, Jacob Pinto is the first to master a right-side triple cork flip and only the third in the world to master the double, full swing-through triple cork.
Pinto began training in martial arts at 7 years old. He has acquired training from some of the biggest names in martial arts, including Chris Casamassa (Mortal Kombat), Mike Chaturantabut (Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue), Craig Henningsen (Deadpool; Ant-Man; Divergent; American Sniper), Matt Mullins (Divergent; Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Marcel Jones (World Champion), and Kalman Csoka, a fifth-degree black belt and world champion. Pinto has worked with reputable brands such as Red Bull, Fiat USA, Barnabus Clothing, and Descente. Jacob currently performs with SOH (Substance Over Hype), Sideswipe and Team AKA. He lives in Southern California where he enjoys water skiing, wake boarding, snowboarding, ATV riding and mixing music. He is also fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language.
- 2015 Red Bull Kick It Tricking Competition – South Korea: Winning Performance
- 2015 Red Bull Throwdown Champion
- 2014 Red Bull Trick Battle Champion (1 vs 1, 3 vs 3)
- 2014 ISKA World Champion – Forms (Ages 14-17)
- 2014 ISKA World Champion – Weapons (Ages 14-17)
- 2014 JAM Summer Gathering – Trick Battle: Grand Champion
- 2014 Red Bull Throwdown
2013 JAM – Trick Battle: Grand Champion
- 2012 Closing Gathering – Trick Battle: Grand Champion
- 2012 Compete Karate: Grand Champion
2010 US OPEN/ISKA World Championships: World Champion Performance
- 2010 ISKA XMA Trick Battle Champion 17 & Under: Winning Performance
- 2009 NASKA’s 13 & Under Extreme Weapons/Forms: Grand Champion
“Our son Joshua Contreras has been training with Jacob Pinto for two months, and what a difference & improvement we’ve seen! Jacob’s keen eye for perfection & persistency are traits that make him the top instructor, mentor & worldwide winner that he is. His focus and tenacious drive have inspired our son to limitless heights. We are excited to see that above it all, Jacob is a very humble & loving young man who genuinely cares for his students. Four words come to mind with Jacob: Extreme, Flawless & Wow Factor! He looks at everything, including choreography & form, and implements his unique mark & style!
We are definitely honored to be part of the Pinto Family. We highly recommend Jacob if your goal is to develop a winner with a winning attitude!”