What You Should Know About Mattix

BJJ Sensei at Mattix - RIcky

Meet Head Sensei: Ricky Semiglia

Program Director and Head Instructor of Mattix Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy

Ricky Semiglia began training Jiu Jitsu in November 2009. He got his Black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer in December of 2017.

He is the Head Instructor at Mattix Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy and has a winning competitive record. Ricky has competed in local circuits, IBJJF, Abu Dhabi, Combat Night and many more.

He has also competed in Combat Jiu Jitsu (Jiu Jitsu with palm strikes) in which he holds the title for in Florida through Combat Night.

Although Ricky loves to compete, his true passion is teaching. He teaches kids and adults of all levels with a focus on the importance of Fundamentals.

He is also the founder and current Head Instructor of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club at Florida International University (founded in 2011) where he is given the platform to introduce the art of Jiu Jitsu to at least 100 new students a year!

He is also a graduate of FIU with a degree in Recreation and Sport Management

Meet Your Judo Instructor: Carlos Francisco

Carlos began practicing Judo at the early age of eight years old. In April 2012, he received his black belt from USJF (United States Judo Federation).

Throughout his years of training, Carlos has competed at national & international levels.

Additionally, He has been certified as a regional referee as well as a state level certified Judo coach. Carlos has been teaching Judo since 2005 alongside his father, uncle, and cousins who are also black belts in the sport.

With an immense passion in teaching, Carlos pours his knowledge into the students he encounters regardless of their age or size.

You will often see him teaching well after the session has ended because he doesn’t want to stop answering questions and helping others improve their Judo.

When not dressed in a judogi, Carlos works as a marketing professional. He has a BFA in graphics design and a MA in Global Strategic Communication.

Why Mattix?

Started in 2017, Mattix Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy was started with one fundamental thing in mind: To build strong and confident men and women of all ages. We are an academy that focuses on both the arts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo.

We have one of the best competition teams in South Florida and strive to use competition as a tool to build the kind of respect we want to see in this world. We also offer an environment for those who do not seek to compete – we are here to grow and learn together as a strong Jiu Jitsu family.

We believe very strongly on building very strong fundamentals for all of our students whether it be for law enforcement combatives, competition, exercise, hobby, etc.

If you are looking for a healthy way of life that will provide you with an outlet and surround you with an amazing camaraderie of people on this same journey of life, then come check us out! One day here with us will have you addicted to the mats