Phil started Martial Arts at age 12 in South Houston where having a humble good nature
and the warrior spirit was first and foremost. He first achieved rank in Tae Kwon Do and
Hapkido under Master Chad Glisson. Master Chad Glisson also exposed Phil and his
brothers to Shodo Kan Karate, Akido, Ryku Kenpo, Dillman theory pressure points,
Small circle Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido, Thai boxing, Jeet Kun Do, Kali, Judo, and whatever else
he could. Chad Glisson was the first to tell The Cardella brothers about the Gracie
Family and their system of fighting.
Phil started offically training Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at the Aiea assocation of Relson's
Ran by Sam Mahi, Chris & Mike Onzuka and their assistant instructors. He started
competing while in the Marine Corps and met Master Relson Gracie and has been a
Champion on Master Relson's competition team since 1997.
He has been lucky enough to train with some of the best fighters in the World & at some
of the best schools on the planet. He is a full time fighter & Martial Artist. The best way
to judge his skill is to look at the achievements of his students in tournaments, they are
beating Black Belt Champions and winning the highest level of competition in the world.
They are also in great shape and able to easily defend themselves. His Bio shows his
current record. He is still a active competitor in order to strive to find and battle test the
most effective, current & usable techniques.
Having represented the family name & heritage in battle, he has fought in the largest
arenas in the nation. With over 13 years in MMA competition Phil has fought in open
weight tournaments in Vegas, the Nationwide Arena, the Honolulu Convention Center,
and more. As a seasoned veteran, Phil, has also coached fighters to victory in the UFC,
StrikeForce, WEC, GFC & more.