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Professor Ricardo Almeida is a 4th degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt under Renzo Gracie. He is a former UFC fighter with an MMA record of 13/5, and is the former King of Pancrase Middleweight Champion.

Professor Ricardo Almeida is the founder and owner of the Ricardo Almeida Jiu Jitsu Academy (RABJJ) with locations in Robbinsville, NJ and Newtown, PA. The RABJJ Academy runs the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu kids and adult programs in the state of New Jersey, among the largest in the USA with over 600 students being taught on a monthly basis.

Ricardo Almeida also leads an Umbrella association under him with several locations in New Jersey and a few spread around world in countries like North Korea, Japan and Spain. In 2012 Professor Ricardo Almeida was hired as a consultant to design the ‘Fundamentals’ curriculum for Gracie Barra, the largest Jiu Jitsu organization in the world. This curriculum is now used in over 600 locations world wide as the foundation curriculum. Currently collaborating with Gracie Barra in a regional development project in Arizona where the 7th school is about to open in short 3 years.

As a BJJ Coach Ricardo has trained Gi and No Gi World Champions as well as multiple ADCC qualifiers. As an MMA Coach, Professor Almeida trained Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez to UFC championship titles, and was awarded Coach of the year for 2017 by MMAFighting.com

Ricardo is also a liscenced MMA Judge for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and in 2012 was inducted into the New Jersey MMA Hall of Fame. Professor Almeida has taught the NJ State Police and the Army Combatives at Fort Dix, NJ and McGuire Air Force Base, NJ. He has also taught classes to the Marines at Camp Pendleton,CA.

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