Ricardo ‘Franjinha’ Miller
5th degree black belt
• 7 time Pan American Champion – black belt
• 6 time World Jiu Jitsu No Gi Champion
• 5 time American Nationals Jiu Jitsu Champion
• 3 time World Jiu Jitsu Champion Master & Senior
• World Champion (1996 brown belt)
Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller has being teaching and competing for the last 15 years with many titles in regional, national and international competitions. With his black belt, Ricardo set for himself challenges extending beyond Brazil.
In 1996 he moved to the United States to compete and to teach. He proved to be successful at both. With American partner Mike Florimbi, the Paragon Academy of Martial Arts was founded in 1998 in Santa Barbara. Under Ricardo’s hands-on direction as coach and fighter, Paragon Santa Barbara has become a powerhouse for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction in California.
4th degree black belt
• UFC Super Challenge Champion (2016)
• Metamoris veteran (2015)
• 3 X American Nationals Champion
• 2 X Brazilian Champion
• Worlds Masters Championship Silver Medalist
• Worlds No Gi Bronze Medalist
• European Champion
Rodrigo Antunes is a jiu jitsu black belt under legendary Mario Sperry, who after coaching BJJ all over the world, moved to the United States, opening an academy there.
Besides many medals in the most prestigious IBJJF events (Worlds Masters, Worlds No Gi and 3 X American Nationals Champion), he won the first ever UFC Super Challenge Belt in 2016. Rodrigo has also been a regular at the Metamoris promotion, having been invited to fight 5 times.
In 2012 Rodrigo received his 4th degree in BJJ from Grand Master João Alberto Barreto, a man who also had great influence in Rodrigo’s life as a martial artist.
Rodrigo also holds a black belt in Judo and Sambo under legendaries Gokor Chivychian and Gene Le Bell.