Center City Philadelphia [original location]

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Balance Studios Center City Philadelphia

Balance Studios Center city is the original Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts center in downtown Philly. This school is owned by Ricardo and Phil Migliarese. These two Philadelphia natives are dedicated to bringing you the best! Balance Studios Center City has been open since 2002, but the Migliarese brothers have been teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for more than 20 years!!!

Address and Map

Balance Studios Center City
Center City Philadelphia
108-114 S Bonsall St.
(Between 23rd and 24th and Sansom)
Philadelphia, Pa 19103
Call us: 215-636-9661


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Head Instructors
Phil “Jiu-Jitsu Matrix” Migliarese III

Phil “Jiu-jitsu Matrix” Migliarese

Phil “Jiu-Jitsu Matrix” Migliarese III is a 4th degree Relson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt with over 20+ years of experience in BJJ, Muay Thai Kickboxing, 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.

During the 1990’s, Phil did an extensive teacher training at three different Gracie Academies: California, Hawaii and Brazil. He trained under Grand Master Helio Gracie, Master Relson Gracie, and UFC legend, Royce Gracie.

He is the founder of Jiu-Jitsu Share Online Community , Jiu-Jitsu Matrix (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.

 

Ricardo “Animal” Migliarese

Ricardo “Animal” Migliarese

Ricardo “Animal” Migliarese is a 3rd degree Relson Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt with 20+ years of BJJ, Boxing, and MMA

A World and Pan-Am Champion, Rick is a trainer, training partner and coach to UFC and MMA fighters as well as other World and Pan-Am Champions. He currently lives in Philadelphia, PA where he teaches at Balance Studios which he co-owns with his brother, Phil Migliarese. Rick is also one of the co-founders/co-owners of Matrix Fights Promotion Company.

Ricardo began his athletic training with boxing lessons at age 12 with his older brother Phil. Soon, Rick began to compete in in-house tournaments with favorable results. Rick began to take his own practice to the next level. In 1999, Rick traveled out of the country for the first time – to Brazil for the Mundials. He won the silver medal to start what would be a successful and impressive professional career

Rick joined his brother Phil at the Gracie Academy in California in the late 90’s to train with Grand Master Helio Gracie, the source of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

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