Michelle Donovan

Vice President – Operations


About Michelle

What’s your life story (in two sentences or less)?

I’m a half Korean/American gal who grew up mostly in MN, but in my early years we lived in Germany & South Korea. Fast forward to my life now where by day I am a wife, a mother, a dog mom, and a part of Team Zebra; by night I am a passionate Jiu Jitsu practitioner, instructor, and active competitor.

What makes you unique from the people you work with at Zebra?

I would have to say my experience in Jiu Jitsu sets me apart from my co-workers; I started training in 2010 (minus some time for a baby) and started competing in 2015.

What is your favorite part about working with Zebra’s customers?

The passion! Nearly everyone who is in this industry has a passion for their martial art, sport, fitness, etc. and working with customers that are pursuing their dreams is inspiring.

If you were opening a gym or yoga studio, which products would be your must-haves? Why?

Our Zebra mats, specifically the 2” Woodgrain MMAs in conjunction with a 2” Black MMA border because that’s a sharp combo. In addition, I would do white wall pads with logos to help brighten the room and reflect light for good pictures. I’ve been to a lot of Jiu Jitsu gyms, and I’ve been on a lot of different brands of mats, but nothing compares to the quality of Zebra – hands down.

What else do you want customers to know about you?

I have been in your position, maybe not specifically the martial art, sport or fitness you practice, but I have gone step for step in the process to setting up a home gym and even a facility. I know the struggles, and the joys attached to doing something as scary and exciting as opening your own gym. Trust me when I say, I understand and I’m here to help.

Also, if you ever go out to eat with me (and I’m not in competition mode), odds are I’ll get dessert before the meal – it’s my guilty pleasure.