STEVE CARDENAS

Steve Cardenas

At age 20, Cardenas left his native Texas and settled in Los Angeles to audition for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers role that would change his life. His character, Rocky DeSantos, replaced Jason Lee Scott (played by Austin St. John) as the Red Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series. He later became the Blue Ranger for Power Rangers Zeo. He had no previous acting experience and had to learn on the job. Cardenas left the Power Rangers series and retired from acting during Power Rangers Turbo due to contract disagreements.  He decided to focus on his martial arts career.  

Cardenas owns a martial arts studio in Burbank, California and one in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. In 2009, he started a kids-specific program at Hollywood Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio in West Hollywood.  In 2011 he opened the Force/Balance Brazilian jiu-jitsu & Yoga school. Cardenas became interested in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after losing a friendly match against a blue belt.  “He choked me out in 10 seconds! He was only training for a year and a half at that time and I had been training for 10 yrs. It was an immediate eye opener.” 

Cardenas holds multiple awards from martial arts contests, including two Silver Medals at Copa Pacifica (2009 and 2011), Gold Medal winner of the 2009 American National Championship, Gold Medal in the 2010 Jujitsu Pro Gear Open, and Silver Medal in the 2010 No-Gi World Championships.