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Instructor’s Biographies

Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller

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 came 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.

Ricardo and competitor-level students have dominated in regional, state, and international tournaments. In addition, Paragon has become a community force for recreational Jiu-Jitsu, a resource for law enforcement, and developer of ongoing physical training and self-defense programs for young people, adults, seniors, and women.

Joseph Paul Harris

Joe began his grappling journey as a student in Japanese Jujitsu. Wanting to deepen his knowledge in the ground game, Joe sought out Paragon BJJ Academy. Because of Paragon, Joe’s passion grew quickly for the art of what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu stands for. Paragon is his home away from home.

He has been training for over 8 years. In 2015, Joe took Gold as a brown belt in World Masters Championship in Las Vegas. Joe was awarded his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in December, 2015 by Professor Rodrigo Antunes and Professor Ricardo Franjinha Miller.

Joe’s passion for the art is expressed through his teaching of both kids and adults.

With the success of the Santa Barbara school, “Franjinha” opened a Ventura location as well as affiliate schools in Lompoc and Santa Maria.

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