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Old 01-06-2009, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been looking into some BJJ academies in the WA State area and to be honest, there aren't many.

The two that caught my attention the most were

Gracie Barra - www.bjjseattle.com

and

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Pedro Sauer Team - www.nwbjj.com

There's also a MMA academy near where I live but to be honest, I'm not really sure that it gives off a good vibe.

Alderwood Mixed Martial Arts - www.alderwoodmixedmartialarts.com

This is where my dilemma starts.

After doing some research, Gracie Barra seems to have a really good team going. The Gracie Barra team seems to place in every tournament they take place in, usually first place too! I've been to the academy before and the atmosphere is great, the instructors are great, and the people there seemed nice too! The two instructors that I've had experience with were Rodrigo Lopes and Cindy Hales. They're both Black Belts and Cindy is experienced in MMA. She taught the No Gi classes and taught takedowns and No Gi techniques. The only problem I could think of was that the last time I was there, the people there seemed to outweigh me by at least 20 lbs. I weigh around 140 but this academy has a bunch of people that look like they weight at least 185.

The other school, Gracie Jiu Jitsu Pedro Sauer Team, I've never been to. I've did some research and learn that the head instructor there is a Purple belt. During my research, I learn that Pedro Sauer was voted to be the "Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor" in a poll conducted by the ADCC.

Then lastly, there's this MMA Academy which doesn't really give me a good impression. I want to learn to be a complete fighter but honestly, I'm the most interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This school seems to cover a bit of everything but to be honest, I'd rather completely learn one discipline than bits and pieces of a bunch of others.

If anyone can give me any feedback, comments, etc, that would be greatly appreciated.
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I'd go for the Gracie Barra school based on your write up. Definitely don't go for the MMA school though. My advice would be to check out the Pedro Sauer team and see how it is, but the Gracie Barra team looks real good.
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Yeah I'd go with the gracie Barra school. The 20 lbs difference is not significant at all. I weigh 235 and I roll with 300+ pounders daily. I also roll with people that are 180... So it doesn't matter. It's the technique that will make you better.
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Yeah I'd go with the gracie Barra school. The 20 lbs difference is not significant at all. I weigh 235 and I roll with 300+ pounders daily. I also roll with people that are 180... So it doesn't matter. It's the technique that will make you better.
Yeah, thanks for the replies guys.

I felt the same way too. I was just curious if it would be more beneficial to roll with people my weight.
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Yeah, thanks for the replies guys.

I felt the same way too. I was just curious if it would be more beneficial to roll with people my weight.
Not at all. If anything rolling with bigger people will help you focus on technique and leverage instead of strength.
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