On January 24, 2015, the legendary Matt Serra will be visiting Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy and conducting a 2-hour seminar. Matt Serra is Professor Josh Madama's instructor and has often thanked Matt, both publicly and privately, for his instruction, leadership, and counsel. "Without Matt Serra, there would be no Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy," he tells his students.
The seminar will begin at 12PM and will be in place of the regularly scheduled Saturday class. The cost of the seminar is $50 pre-registered or $75 at the door. Existing students and friends of the academy are all welcome.
Be there on time as there will be a team photo taken with Professor Serra before the seminar at 12PM.
Please call or visit the academy for more information:
953 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River, NJ 08753
Matt Serra's Bio
Main Achievements (Grappling):
- UFC Welterwight Champ (2007)
- Ultimate Fighter 5 Coach (2007)
- The Ultimate Fighter 4 Champion (2006)
- ADCC Finalist (2001)
- World Bronze Medalist (2000 brown)
- Pan American Champion (1999 purple)
When Matt Serra was 17-years-old, his father encouraged him to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie. With a body frame very similar to that of Renzo Gracie’s brother, Ralph, Matt Serra adapted very well to Renzo’s teachings and became one of the main competitors at the gym, earning his black belt in 2000 and becoming Master Renzo's first American black belt.
2000 was also the year in which Matt Serra made the grappling world aware of his presence with a surprising 2nd place at the world’s most prestigious submission wrestling tournament, the ADCC, placing second after giving passage to his team mate Marcio Feitosa in the final. The success at this event also turned the heads of a few mixed martial arts (MMA) promoters, and in a few months Matt was invited to fight in the UFC, the world's most prestigious MMA arts event.
In 2006, Matt Serra earned the right to fight for the UFC welterweight title after winning the TUF reality show. Serra fought George St Pierre, one of MMA’s most dominant fighters who was at the peak of his career. Not many gave Serra a chance, and it proved to be a mistake as Serra caused arguably the biggest upset in MMA history by defeating the champion with a TKO in the first round.
Matt Serra has since retired from competing in MMA and currently spends his days running and teaching at his two successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies in Long Island, New York. He is also the grappling coach for UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman; UFC up-and-comer, Al Iaquinta; and The Ultimate Fighter 19 winner, Eddie "Truck" Gordon.