Ricardo Murgel

Head Instructor - 9th Degree BJJ Red Belt

At Union Team BJJ, Grandmaster Murgel provides premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes and programs for kids, teens, and adults in Alpharetta, GA. Come learn from the source.

I am Ricardo Murgel, the Head Coach, Instructor, and Founder of the Union Team. I am one of the few (less than 25) 9th Degree Grandmasters of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the world. I have a unique background, with no parallel to any other BJJ Master or Professor.

I am currently 74 years old. l started my Martial Arts & Law Enforcement Journey at the age of 12, back in 1957, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Since 1974, I am a Judo Black belt, and I trained and competed in Europe, Japan and Brazil, for almost 27 years, with extensive training in Boxing, Muay-Thai, Luta Livre (Free Style Grappling), Submission Grappling, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), as a competitor, Instructor, and Coach. I also have weapons expertise covering edged and improvised weapons as well as firearms. I am the only 9th Degree Grandmaster of BJJ that also is certified by the Peace Officer Standard Training Council (P.O.S.T) as a Guest Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor. I have been sharing my practical, hands on experience all over the world for more than four decades now. Read my full Q+A interview here.

In the field of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts, my accomplishments speak for themselves. I have trained and continue to train and coach hundreds of competitors, including dozens of World, National, and State BJJ and Submission Grappling champions. I have also trained and coached MMA fighters in the Pride Championships and the UFC.

As a Law Enforcement Instructor, with specialties in Extreme Close Quarters Combat and Science of Human Behavior (a.k.a. Management of Aggressive Behavior), I have instructed Law Enforcement Agencies all over the world, including Elite Forces.

Grandmaster Murgel Trained and Coached Hundreds of Top Competitors Worldwide

Here is a Brief List of World Champions of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA and No GI:


Most renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and MMA Events of the world:

  • Pan Americans BJJ,
  • Worlds BJJ,
  • NO GI Pan American and Worlds
  • ADCC (Abu-Dhabi World Submission Wrestling, 2001 and 2003
  • Mega World MMA
  • Max MMA
  • Pride Europe 2006
    UFC (Ultimate Fight Championships)
  • Bellator

Champions in local, National and International Competitions:

  • Guilherme Freitas
  • Lucas Cardoso
  • Taylor Finato
  • Davi Bueno
  • Rodrigo Barcellos
  • Marcio Corleta
  • Rosangela Conceicao
  • Fabricio Werdum
  • Joao Assis
  • Mark Robinson
  • Thomas Foster
  • Parker Graham
  • Nicolas Crema
  • Nate Marquardt
  • Marcelo Behring
  • Guilherme Cury
  • Quentin Rozenzweig
  • Monique “Moe” Travis
  • Alex Enriquez
  • Jessica Propes
  • Valdir “Kbeca” Linhares

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