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
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.