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Phil Migliarese: The Road To Becoming a 6th Degree Gracie Black Belt at 39 Years Old

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Phil Migliarese: The Road To Becoming a 6th Degree Gracie Black Belt at 39 Years Old

 

 

Phil “Jiu-Jitsu Matrix” Migliarese  is currently a 5th degree Relson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt with over 20 years of experience in BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts. A Gracie Worlds and National Champion, Phil is a trainer, training partner and coach to UFC and MMA fighters as well as World and Pan-Am Champions. Phil is also a Master Level Yoga Instructor, author/creator of Yoga For Fighters and has many years of training in Judo. He is the founder of Jiu-Jitsu Share Online Community, Jiu-JitsuMatrix (a video newsletter and online learning community) and one of the co-founders/co-owners of Matrix Fights Promotion Company. He currently lives in Philadelphia, PA where he teaches at Balance Studios which he co-owns with his brother, Ricardo Migliarese. Phil is the Head of Team Balance International.

He spent much of the 1990s at the Gracie Academy, learning the Gracie method of teacher training directly from Grand Master Helio Gracie or training with Relson in Hawaii. Phil returned to Philadelphia in 2000 to take over as head instructor of Relson’s affiliate school. As a brown belt in 2001, Phil won the Gracie World Championship and was 2nd in the open division. In 2002, Phil and Rick opened Balance Studios, the only Relson Gracie affiliate in Philadelphia. That year at the Arnolds Classic/Gracie Worlds Phil won what would be his most well known match against UFC fighter Renato “Babalu” Sobral. In March 2003, at the Gracie Worlds in Columbus, OH, he became the youngest person to receive the honor of black belt from Relson Gracie and was among the first Americans to receive this promotion.

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Phil Migliarese shares his thoughts on studying for his 6th Degree on his Black Belt from Relson Gracie:

 

 

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