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Old 08-22-2010, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What school to pick?

I"m going to be moving to Atlanta in a couple months. I'm 16 in September and have done around 4 months of Muay Thai up here in NYC. I plan to possibly do MMA as a pro. Depending on how I do in ammy MMA matches, grappling and striking tournaments.
I've narrowed down my selection to two schools Alliance BJJ and American Top Team Atlanta.

I'm sort of leaning towards Alliance BJJ since their HQ is located in ATL and the ATT down there isn't as established as the one in Florida. Plus seems they can give me some of the best BJJ instruction in the US, giving me a strong BJJ base as a beginner to later develop upon.

Well let the debate begin, looking forward to hearing all your opinions.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I moved this thread to the appropriate forum. It's not for the general MMA stuff when you have questions about your own training, just so you have a heads up in the future.

It depends dramatically on who the head instructors are there.

Alliance and ATT both have great head instructors at their camps in Florida. The guys that you end up working with in Georgia are, to be honest, not going to be as good as the guys you'd be working with if you were in Florida at the main camps, but that's inevitable.

The real question is who do they have at that particular location. I'd look into that, and then use that to make the decision. I have a feeling the Alliance camp is going to have a better instructor at the location. Fabio Gurgel, who I have enormous respect for and who is one of the founders of Alliance, makes sure that all of the guys running those programs are awesome.

I'm not saying Ricardo Liborio doesn't, but he doesn't have the same perfectionist reputation that Gurgel does. ATT is really only established in their Florida location, and they don't have the kind of international reputation for jiu-jitsu that Gurgel does. The man is a god of grappling, and I'd say that the Alliance academy is a better bet purely ont he basis that it gives you a hgher likelihood of working seminars with him and his upper level students, if not a chance to train with one on a regular basis.
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