Team Balance International

Team Balance is widely regarded as one of the elite martial arts teams in the world. Currently representing over 40 schools world-wide, the ever-growing network consists of 15,000 students, all of whom have been carefully selected through limited enrollment to represent Team Balance.

Team Balance History

Balance Studios HQ in Fishtown, Philadelphia, the headquarters of this top-notch team, is owned by Phil and Ricardo Migliarese. True American pioneers, the brothers have utilized their 40+ years of combined martial arts experience, as well as the knowledge they gained while living and training with the legendary Gracie family, to build Team Balance into a multi-faceted university of the body and mind.

The exclusivity of membership fosters a familial environment that is unrivaled among competitors, and much sought out by those eager to learn from the best. Team Balance fighters run the gamut from average enthusiasts to world champion jiu-jitsu competitors; some are professional fighters who have fought in esteemed mixed martial arts competitions like the UFC, while others have represented Team Balance at the prestigious ADCC championships.

Their systematic method of teaching consists of basic, intermediate, and advanced classes in yoga, jiu jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing and mixed martial arts, all with the expressed goal of sculpting the individual into a complete fighter.

Achieving black belt status as a member of Team Balance is unlike achieving it anywhere else, in that here it represents not only your skills as a jiu jitsu practitioner, but also your ability to strike, your take downs, and your overall character as a human being.

Register under Team Balance​

When signing up for all local and international BJJ tournaments, it’s crucial to register under the “Team Balance.”

Being a part of Team Balance means much more than simply wearing the team logo. It aligns you with a highly respected lineage and an incredibly supportive community in the BJJ world. In addition, you gain access to experienced coaches and a network of teammates who can provide guidance, support, and practical insights as you prepare for these competitions.

Remember, your successes and experiences contribute to the prestige of Team Balance, and in turn, you share in the collective wisdom and accomplishments of the team. It’s a powerful reminder that you’re not alone in your journey, and that your progress is supported by a deeply interconnected community.

United States Affiliates

StateCityHead InstructorWebsite
PAPhiladelphia (Fishtown HQ)Phil & Rick MigliareseBalance Fishtown
PAPhiladelphia (Northeast)Frank Ambrifi & Phil MigliareseBalance Northeast
PAPhiladelphia (Center City)Phil & Rick MigliareseBalance Center City
PAScrantonFrank Alogna / Phil MigliareseScranton MMA
PAGilbertsville and BoyertownDavid ToddSentry Jiu-Jitsu
PALancasterDamione PuopoloGracie 717
PAQuakertownAndrew GlassReality martial arts
PAChalfontTim CarpenterHellfish mma
PAKing of PrussiaTim CarpenterHellfish mma
PAConshohockenTim HartHart BJJ
PAAmblerRandy & Laura AikenAtaraxis bjj
PASouthhamptonSteve AustinSion BJJ
PAGermantownJackson GalkaNorthstar mma
PAReadingBryan Boyer & Erik FaustBerks County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
PAPrivate LocationBrian AntonelliBalance Nomad
NJSewellJohn HassettHassett's jiujitsu
NJVoorheesKenny BrachBrach's mma
NJWilliamstownMike GaragusoGaraguso Karate and Jiu-Jitsu
NJGalloway & HammontonJon Tepedino, Kyle Deroo, Robby Bloom, and Dietrich TrumbauerTaphouse Jiu-Jitsu
NJAtlantic CountyRich KomarContact Rich
NJEgg HarborStephen McGee & Jose Gonzales609 BJJ
NJMaple ShadeMarco PerazzoNJMA
NJMinehillEddie Acevedo JrEcho Alpha BJJ
NJEwingCharlie VinchBudo martial arts
NJHainsportPat VacantiVacanti jiujitsu
MDBaltimoreRob SullivanBaltimore BJJ
MDBaltimoreGreg LewGAMA
DENewarkBill Walters302 Jiu-Jitsu
DEWilmingtonStephen PlylerElevated Studios
NYWestchesterSteve KardianContact Steve
NYNew Hyde ParkBrandon AdamesContact Brandon at UFC Gym
NYSyracuseKen KronenbergTai Kai Jiu-Jitsu
NYIthacaKevin SeamanTeam Balance Cornell University
NYNew HartfordLen SoniaDojo1 MMA
NYBinghamtonTamdan McCroryBroome county martial arts
NYOneontaMatt Martindale & Wyatt GreenOneonta jiujitsu academy
FLTampaRyan DeichertTampa jiujitsu
NVLas VegasSkipper Kelp
Fight Capital Gym
MIDetroitJohn TothDetroit jiujitsu
CASan DiegoJosh AmaroContact Josh
CALos AngelesJimmy CerraContact Jimmy
CALos AngelesRichard BresslerContact Richard Bresler
VAAshburnMike HorihanAshburn Jiu Jitsu
WASeattleDrew VogelFramework BJJ

International Affiliates

CityHead InstructorWebsite
IrelandDublinRay ButcherBalance Ireland
BrazilRio De JaneiroSteve GiffordCall 215-543-6224
Aruba———-Gregory MilliardMilliard MMA Academy
South AfricaPort ElizabethAndrew GaraiEvolution mma
Morocco, AfricaCasablancaTarik ZamatMoroccan kickboxing academy
Germany Randall WatkinsTeam Balance Germany
MexicoPlaya del CarmenNik LongPlaya del Carmen BJJ
PanamaPlaya CoronadoLeo EspinozaPlaya Coronado BJJ

Want to Join Team Balance?

-Call 215-636-9661 to speak to Ricardo or Phil Migliarese

-Please read the Team Balance Disclaimer (CLICK HERE )

-Balance Owner group on facebook (CLICK HERE)

Team Balance Requirements

-Be a team player with an open mind! Our team is our family.

-Display an official TEAM BALANCE BANNER in your school

-All students register for TOURNAMENTS in the following way TEAM BALANCE / your school name

-Build a TEAM BALANCE PAGE on your website.

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