Renzo Gracie Academy or Marcelo Garcia Academy?

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  1. romeowrestler White Belt

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    I live in NYC and am looking to get into BJJ. Which school is better?
     
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  2. 879lexus Blue Belt

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    Gracie academy has alot of students (in the hundreds or even over 1000). They are all not training at the same time. But with so many students, how many black belts are there walking around the class giving individualized attention?
     
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  3. ShanghaiBJJ Brown Belt

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    They are both very good I am sure. Check them out both and stick with the one you like better.

    Also check out Shaolin's place and Alliance NYC.

    I would probably train at the Alliance NYC, just because Lucas Lepri' style seems a good fit for what I like to do and he is close tomy weight.

    However, I would still check out all the other schools first. Marcelo would be great fit as well.

    Some people here are gonna tell you good things about one school and bad things (from their point of view) about others.

    All schools named are great and you should base your opinion on a visit, not on what someone tells you.

    Vibe is very important and different for everybody.
     
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  4. ShanghaiBJJ Brown Belt

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    See there you go with the negative comments....

    They have more than enough BBs, some of them legendary instructors.

    And the upside of a large student body is obvious, especially at the upper belts. I guarantee you that there will always be someone there to roll and give you a challenge, even if you are purple belt and up.
     
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  5. SuperSuperRambo Senior Moderator

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    I've taken John Danaher's morning submission grappling class. On a day that he wasn't even there, there were 30 students, and about 7 black belts. My first two matches that day were black belts. The thing about Renzo's black belts is that most of them are in the NY metro area and still train at the main academy at least semi-regularly. So at any given time, there are likely to be a number of black belts in-house, and it's an excellent place to find a consistent selection of high-level training partners.

    To the TS, you can't go wrong. Both of them offer top notch training and instruction. Try both out and see which you like. There are also other great options in the area.
     
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  6. romeowrestler White Belt

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    Which is the best school in the city for No-Gi training, in terms of number of sessions offered per week and number of workout partners involved in competition?
     
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  7. SuperSuperRambo Senior Moderator

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    Well Renzo's by nature of its size and number of instructors and students, will have the most classes and overall training partners. But I'm positive that Marcelo teaches no gi, and that he has multiple classes, and that there are quality training partners there as well.

    As far as competition, Renzo's school probably produces more competitors, but it's probably because they have many many more students. Again, if it's between these two, I would suggest trying them both out.
     
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  8. Oak 栄誉

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    MG and Renzo both offer a lot of nogi, just check the schedules on their websites to see who offers more.

    I have checked out every school in Manhattan and all are good, but as far as the Alliance NYC recommendation goes, ya they have some great talent in there, but my living room is the same size as their rolling area, and I don't live in a huge apt. It was a turn off to me but some other people might not mind.

    I don't think you can go wrong with any school though, but I have to agree with Rambo that Renzo's will probably have the most black belts training at any given time. If you are a white belt, or only looking for no-gi that wont make much of a difference to you though imo.
     
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  9. SuperSuperRambo Senior Moderator

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    Exactly. If you're just starting, you'll get good instruction at any of the main schools in the City. And I wouldn't limit yourself to no gi if you're just starting.
     
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  10. MUFC Brown Belt

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    Attend classes at both schools, I am sure they offer trials.

    After attending classes at both schools, decide which you like better.

    Easy victory.
     
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  11. romeowrestler White Belt

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    I don't get why they still even teach gi, let alone making the majority of the classes gi only. no-gi is the future.
     
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    And... there goes the thread.

    Those who gave good advice in this thread ought to get a refund.
     
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  13. mrclean226 White Belt

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    Both are very good schools I would also check out New York Jiu Jitsu, both instructors are Renzo Gracie blackbelts and they have a terrific schedule. The classes are smaller and they have great prices too for NYC. they have an informative website New York Jiu Jitsu NYC Mixed Martial Arts(MMA), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, American Jiu Jitsu, Yoga, PTK and Strength and Endurance Training, and I believe they offer a free class. hope this helps.
     
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  14. SuperSuperRambo Senior Moderator

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    I withdraw anything constructive I have said in this thread. Go to Submissions 101. As good as the instruction you'll receive anywhere else, a fully qualified instructor, and completely free.
     
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  15. SpaceBoogie The Autumn Wind Is A Raider

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    I was going to make a detailed post as to why you should go to RGA NY...then I saw this. have a good day sir.
     
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  16. jasoncyclops** Red Belt

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    both academy is awesome
    but i will pick Renzo if i have a choice
     
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  17. ShanghaiBJJ Brown Belt

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    I want my 5 minutes back typing something constructive.

    GTFO
     
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  18. SFinclined Purple Belt

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    I wish I was in your predicament. Try both, and btw, when Marcelo had his school in Fla. he wouldn't let people only do no-gi........
     
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  19. xMikeyX Purple Belt

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    The future is naked?
     
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