Ricardo “Animal” Migliarese is a 4th 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.