Phil Migliarese Talks About Training With the Gracies and Yoga for Fighters

Phil "Jiu-Jitsu Matrix" Migliarese is a 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Grandmaster Relson Gracie. Phil owns Balance Studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been training BJJ since the early 90s when the Jiu-Jitsu scene was just beginning in the United States. In addition to training Jiu-Jitsu, Phil is a master Yogi and a world class Yoga instructor who has traveled the world studying different Yoga styles. Phil developed a DVD called Yoga for Fighters which has benefited both martial artists and non-martial artists alike. 

In this episode, we talk about Phil's early days training BJJ with the Gracie Family, Phil's view on new vs. old styles of Jiu-Jitsu, training Yoga to improve your life, and a ton of other topics. 

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Phil Migliarese on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Phil's school, Balance Studios, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Phil and his brother, Ricardo Migliarese, train and teach. 

Yoga for Fighters, the DVD that Phil created to help martial artists, and regular folks, improve their flexibility, strength, and overall lifestyle. 

Ashtanga Yoga, the style practiced by Phil

Gracie in Action DVD series that first got Phil (and many other people) and his brother into training Jiu-Jitsu

Phil's first instructor, Steve Maxwell. A true pioneer in Jiu-Jitsu, physical fitness, and healthy lifestyle. 

Different members of the Gracie family we discuss in the interview include Relson Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rener and Ryron Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Carlos Gracie, and Helio Gracie.

A breakdown of the Gracie Diet and how it helps members of the Gracie family to conserve energy, live a healthier lifestyle, and teach BJJ well into the later years of their lives.

Eddie Cummings, leglock wizard, who trains under John Danaher

Fabio Santos in San Diego, instructor to Dean Lister who is my coach's coach. 

Phil's brother, Ricardo Migliarese, in a traditional style Gracie Challenge match

How to do a belly-down ankle lock

The mystical art of Ninjutsu!

Yoga for BJJ, an online Yoga resource for BJJ fighters developed by black belt Sebastian Brosche