Here is a quick tour of MMA Academy Reading

Here is a quick tour of MMA Academy Reading

Team Pereira/Jucao Mixed Martial Arts is an organization that focuses on character-building programs for Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts.

Whether your goal is fitness, self improvement, or self defense, we’re confident that you’ll find what you’re looking for at our school. Beginners can take solace in our easy to learn curriculum designed to teach self defense while embracing the inner strength within.

The magic of martial arts is that it’s designed to accommodate everyone. Regardless of your size or experience, you’ll have everything you need to defend yourself in just a few sessions. Everything after that is just pure intensity, exercise and self development.

Meet our instructors

Our school provide qualified, knowledgeable instructors who offer each child an atmosphere of co-operation and fair play.

Professor Robson Pereira

IBJJF Certified 5th Degree Black Belt

Professor Robson Pereira, a native of Brazil, began his martial arts training over 28 years ago in his birth place of Sao Paulo. While earning his way up and now ranks 5th degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. He has had the opportunity to train with notable athletes from the Gracie family, Marcos Santos, Rigan Machado, Grand Master Mansor and BJ Penn. He is currently training under Master Jucao


  • 5th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt.
  • Amateur MMA fighting record of 9-2
  • Professional MMA record of 4-0
  • Amateur Muay Thai record 9-2
  • Professional Muay Thai record 5-2
  • IBJFF: Certificate of Achievement
  • Sao Paulo State Champion
  • trained in Kick-Boxing, Judo, MMA/Vale Tudo

Coach Matt

Robson Pereira Certified Brown Belt

Meet Coach Matt, a dedicated brown belt under the esteemed Professor Robson Pereira. His commitment to excellence is evident in his achievements, including winning gold in the 2018 NAGA No-Gi and securing silver in the Gi division. In the same year, he clinched silver at the Grappling Industries Gi competition. Coach Matt's success continued in 2019 with no-gi gold at the Team Jucao Tournament and the Fuji BJJ competition. Cementing his prowess, he became the 2021 NAGA Purple Belt Expert Champion. 


  • 2018 naga no gi gold medalists and gi silver medalists
  • 2018 grappling industries gi silver medalists
  • 2019 team jucao tournament no gi gold medalists
  • 2019 Fuji BJJ no gi gold medalists
  • 2021 NAGA Purple Belt Expert Champion

Coach Daniel Rivera

Robson Pereira Certified Blue Belt

Hailing from Reading, PA, our esteemed instructor brings a passion for martial arts and a dedication to excellence. With three years of intensive training in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the expert guidance of Professor Robson Pereira, they embody a fusion of striking and grappling mastery. Their achievements speak volumes, notably clinching the coveted title of Double Gold Champion at the 2019 Fuji BJJ tournament. 


  • Double Gold Champion at the 2019 Fuji BJJ tournament
  •  trained in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Coach Vinny

Coach Randy Nunez

Professor Kenny Milton

Black Belt Under Robson Pereira

Kenny Milton, our distinguished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) instructor and a formidable force in the martial arts realm. With an outstanding record, Kenny holds the prestigious title of a 3-time UGC Champion, showcasing not only technical prowess but also an indomitable spirit on the mat. His achievements extend further as a 3-time NAGA Champion, highlighting his versatility and dominance.


  • BJJ No-Gi Instructor.
  • 3 time UGC Champion.
  • 3 time NAGA Champion.
  • UGC Pro All Stars Champion.
  • Black Belt.

Professor Yessi Ventura

Robson Pereira Certified Black Belt

Meet Professor Yessi Ventura, a seasoned Black Belt under Robson Pereira, whose accolades include being a NAGA and UGC Champion. Notable victories include the 2013 NAGA Philly No-Gi Championship and the UGC Blue Belt Championship. As a force in the ring, Yessi boasts a remarkable Muay Thai record of 6-1-1 and an MMA record of 2-1. With a reputation for excellence and a diverse skill set, Professor Yessi is dedicated to sharing expertise and fostering success in martial arts.


  • NAGA champion
  • UGC Champion
  • 2013 NAGA Philly No-Gi Champion
  • UGC Inferno No-Gi Champion
  • UGC Blue Belt Champion
  • 2012 UGC No-Gi Champion 2
  • 2014 UGC All Stars Pro Champion
  • Muay Thai record 6-1-1
  • MMA Record 2-1

Coach Berto Jimenez

Robson Pereira Certified Blue Belt

With a foundation rooted in the expertise of these distinguished mentors, our Blue Belter Berto Jimenez is committed to sharing the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and fostering a supportive learning environment for students at every stage of their martial arts journey. 

Coach James Green

Robson Pereira Certified Blue Belt

dynamic instructor hailing from Bernville, PA, a passionate 26-year-old martial artist with a focus on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai. With two years of dedicated training under the guidance of Professor Robson Pereira, esteemed rank of Blue Belt in BJJ.

Coach John Hopkins

Coach John is a Blue Belt under Professor Robson Pereira. He joined the MMA Academy in October of 2021. His tournament record is short but includes a 2022 FUJI no gi gold medalist and a 2022 NAGA gi bronze medalist. He has benefited greatly from the training and instruction at the Academy and hopes to be a useful help to others as they walk their jujitsu journey.

Campus Gallery and Competition

Why the Berk County Community Loves Our MMA Gym

Allen Kim recommends MMA Academy Reading

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Best Jiu Jitsu gym I've belonged to. It is the right size for me, as it is personable and everyone is nice to get to know. The professor there is very experienced and has the accolades to match. Highly recommended, I lost 10lbs in the first 2 months!

Alex recommends MMA Academy Reading

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I would seriously recommend this place to anyone. The professors here not only know exactly what they’re talking about but actually try to get you to understand it and apply it. Everything I learn here I find an applicable use for when sparring. Good atmosphere with inviting and helpful students. Best workouts I’ve ever gotten and the gym itself has everything you could think of.

Jasmine Grullon recommends MMA Academy Reading

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I signed my then-11-year-old, who is now 12 years old. The bullying that my son faced at school and his lack of confidence were tough times. It is the first time that my son has participated in any sport. My son has been training in Muay Thai and BJJ for a few months now, and I must say that I have noticed a significant difference in him. His attitude is positive and his confidence is growing. School is fine. The professor believes in his team, is very dedicated, and is passionate about what he teaches. Very honest. Coaches and Team are great! Highly recommend.

Mike Reinard recommends MMA Academy Reading

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My 9 y/o son and I joined in August. Here, we get to train together, which is a lot of fun and a unique experience. Professor, coaches, and classmates are great. Do the Muay Thai and BJJ classes back-to-back for an intense 2 hr workout. Been shedding weight since I started.

Kathy Cgra recommends MMA Academy Reading

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More than happy with the results of my children, not only in sports but also in their daily lives. I'm not going to get involved at first, it wasn't easy, but four months later you can see how much they have learned from their first tournament, two gold medals

Raymond Matos recommends MMA Academy Reading

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I just can said the I just star in the team and for this days the I be in class , me myself feel more confident and I think it’s a good place to learn how to feel secure with ur own and it’s a good people they treat you like family. Is good place to train the coach teach u wat u really want to learn,easy to understand.I think is a good team to enjoy.

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