Aaron Milam
Renzo Gracie Black Belt

Carl Massaro has been a friend and training partner of mine for the last 9 years. He is an accomplished black belt under John Danaher and Renzo Gracie, and a core member of the training camps for UFC champions Georges St-Pierre and Chris Weidman. He is valued by John Danaher, these fighters, and his teamates for his consistently solid jiu-jitsu and his ability to mimic particular skill sets as needed. I look back on my training with Carl and questions I have brought to him and am happy to realize that they are solid solutions that stand the test of time and are solutions that I am able to share with my own students regardless of their body types. This "universal" element of his jiu-jitsu is something I find particularly valuable.

Gino Einaudi
Renzo Gracie Black Belt

When I started training at the Renzo Gracie Academy in 2002, Carl Massaro was one of the senior guys that we all looked up to. He was one of the very few people in the city back then who not only had significant BJJ competition experience, but also had a lot of mma fights. I have always felt very fortunate to have him as someone I can go to for guidance. I do so frequently because not only is he an expert practitioner, but he is also a great teacher. His explanations of techniques are among the best I have ever seen, live, or on video. I highly recommend Carl to anyone looking to improve their game.

Chris Savarese
Royler Gracie blackbelt

I consider myself lucky to have a training partner/confidant like Carl Massaro. Carl is a true martial artist who understands jiu-jitsu from every angle...self-defense, sport, artform. He has had some of the best instruction through his journey through jiu-jitsu that you can possibly have, training with Renzo Gracie himself and John Danaher. He has seen jiu-jitsu through the eyes of a practioner, competitor, fighter, coach, cornerman and referee. He has seen it from every angle. My biggest compliment I can give Carl is, if I had children, I would bring them to Carl. Anyone living in the Northern Valley area who is interested in BJJ should check out his Academy, you will be blown away by his knowledge and passion for jiu-jitsu.