Philadelphia BJJ instructor Phil Migliarese. Photo courtesy Migliarese.
Phil Migliarese has been training in jiu-jitsu since the early nineties and was a part of the scene when jiu-jitsu first arrived in the United States. Black belts under Relson Gracie, Phil and his brother Rick have been teaching the Gracie art in Philadelphia at Balance Studios.
I lived in Hawaii with Relson. Relson was nice enough to put me up and at that time Helio Gracie was staying with him. Relson took care of me completely. He gave me food, a place to live, and all I had to do was teach some beginner classes for him. I was a purple belt at the time. I started teaching class one time, and in comes Helio Gracie. And my heart dropped into my shoes. He watched me teach the whole class. There’s no way you can [teach jiu-jitsu with him] where he didn’t have a correction. I just took whatever correction he gave to make me a better teacher.
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