Phil Cardella

3rd Degree Relson Gracie Black Belt Instructor,


Phil Cardella is a full time Instructor, Competitor & Martial Arts Mentor with 23 years of experience in Martial Arts and combat training.


When promoted to Black Belt he was the youngest Relson Gracie Black Belt in the world and is ranked  top 15 in the world for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors. He has over 13 years of professional MMA competition experience, and has represented the Gracie Family name by fighting in the largest arenas in the nation, including; the WEC, Nationwide Arena, Honolulu Convention Center, open weight tournaments in Las Vegas and more. 


As a seasoned veteran, Phil has also coached fighters to victory in the UFC, StrikeForce, WEC, GFC, AMP, and more.   


Martial Arts Credentials


2nd Degree Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Level III Modern Army Combative’s Instructor --- 2005 - Current

Muay Thai Boxing Instructor

3rd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Quan

3rd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do Budakan

2nd Degree Black Belt Hapkido

Marine of the Year 3rd Marines Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon 1996

Marine of the Year 3rd Marines Combat Support Company - 1996




Owner/ Head Instructor, Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, St. Augustine, FL ---- March 2011 - Current

Founder/ Owner, Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Austin, TX -- December 2004 - March 2011

Fort Bliss Modern Army Combative’s Consultant El Paso Texas ---2004- current

Program Director/ Head Instructor, Austin Martial Arts Academy Austin TX - 2001-2004

Program Director/ Head Instructor, Vasquez Academy Austin TX- 1999-2001

USMC 1994-1998




Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Self-Defense, Management and Team Building - Gracie Academy Hawaii 1995-99

Primary Marksmanship Instructor -Kaneohe Bay Rifle Range - K.M.C.B. HI - 1995

Amphibious Assault Vehicle P7A1 Crewman - Camp Delmar CA - 1995

Combat Water Safety Swimmer and Instructor -3rd Marines Regiment K.M.C.B. HI - 1995

Non-Commission Officers Leadership Course -3rd Marine Regiment K.M.C.B. HI - 1995

Terrorist Counter Action Training -3rd Marine Regiment K.M.C.B. HI - 1995