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Old 05-14-2009, 02:09 AM   #1
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Top 5 BJJ schools?

In your opinion at this current time what are your top 5 for the best schools to train BJJ in the US and most importantly, why?

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Old 05-14-2009, 09:02 AM   #2
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Wow- no one will be able to answer this without an established criteria-

Makes me think of Fortune magazine...

Is success determined by school size, tournament success, MMA success? How many people have trained at 5 different schools even- we should conduct a poll!

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Old 05-14-2009, 09:19 AM   #3
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Gracie Barra (Rio)
Renzo Gracie - Manhattan
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:25 AM   #4
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Best to train at would mean a combination of good training partners and quality instruction.

Just from what I have heard on the internet, I would include:

- Alliance Headquarters in Atlanta
- Renzo Gracie Academy
- Cesar Gracie
- Uni JJ


Other schools I would love to visit... this is all based on personal sentiment anyway... are:

- Marcelo Garcia
- Alliance New York
- Ryan Hall's (maybe)
- Relson Gracie Hawaii
- Rilion Gracie

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:43 AM   #5
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Wow- no one will be able to answer this without an established criteria-

Makes me think of Fortune magazine...

Is success determined by school size, tournament success, MMA success? How many people have trained at 5 different schools even- we should conduct a poll!
Dude lol...Calm down. It's based on your PERSONAL opinion.

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:52 AM   #6
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Dude lol...Calm down. It's based on your PERSONAL opinion.
?- How am I not calm?

I believe a lot of schools that produce many top BJJ names aren't necessarily the best places to train to start out at because of factory line like automation, inconsitency of instructors teaching you and huge class sizes. In order to get the personal attention and 1 on 1 experiences you'd get at other schools (they charge a lot and you have to do privates to get personal attention). Keep this in mind that success and best isn't the same for everyone and without criteria this thread is doomed- Im actually gonna start a thread about this topic- calmly- because vague threads tend to get dominated but noobs getting touchy.

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:53 AM   #7
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I trained in the Alliance Atlanta school for about 4 months... very deep water. Alliance has been winning a lot of tourneys as well (ex: worlds). I can't speak to the others though.

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:57 AM   #8
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?- How am I not calm?

I believe a lot of schools that produce many top BJJ names aren't necessarily the best places to train to start out at because of factory line like automation, inconsitency of instructors teaching you and huge class sizes. In order to get the personal attention and 1 on 1 experiences you'd get at other schools (they charge a lot and you have to do privates to get personal attention). Keep this in mind that success and best isn't the same for everyone and without criteria this thread is doomed- Im actually gonna start a thread about this topic- calmly- because vague threads tend to get dominated but noobs getting touchy.
Have fun my friend!

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Old 05-14-2009, 11:11 AM   #9
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I'm curious, of the schools that are listed how many have you trained at? As in, if you post up ur top 5 then post up which you have or havent trained at.

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Good idea.

Personally they don't have to be schools you've trained at but if you have some insight on it please share.

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