Balance Studios is widely regarded as one of the elite martial arts schools in the world. Currently representing nearly 30 affiliates world-wide, the ever-growing network consists of 4,000 students, all of whom have been carefully selected through limited enrollment to represent Team Balance.
The exclusivity of membership fosters a familial environment that is unrivaled amongst 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.
The main hub of this top-notch school is located in Philadelphia, PA, and owned by Phil and Ricardo Migliarese, who are both 1st generation Gracie black belts. 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.
Owner and head instructor Damione Puopolo, started training while attending the University of South Florida.
He was awarded his Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu by world renown Relson Gracie Black Belts, Phil and Ricardo Migliarese in October of 2012..
Currently a 3rd degree black belt, Damione started instructing as a Blue Belt and is known by his students to be a patient and technical instructor stressing proper technique over strength. His instruction has helped produced many champions at the world, national and regional levels in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission grappling and Mixed Martial Arts.