Training in Albuquerque

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  1. HangNail White Belt

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    I'm going to be spending a bit of time in Albuquerque and I am unaware of the MMA scene outside of Jackson's notorious gym. However I heard that they mostly cater to experienced fighters. I have a few years of grappling and wrestling under my belt but I am in no way experienced. Does anyone have any recommendations for an MMA gym for a beginner interested in both amateur MMA and/or BJJ with an emphasis on standup grappling? Thanks.
     
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    Tim Means trains at another prominent MMA gym in Albuquerque. I can't remember the name of it right now though. I believe it's the same gym that Carlos Condit and Ray Borg started at. Legit gym.
     
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    I know that a lot (or all) of the Jackson's guys train their BJJ at Gracie Barra New Mexico in Albuquerque.
     
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    I believe for the best Mma in town Jacksons and best Bjj Gracie Barra, note I work at Gracie Barra so I'm biased. FIT NHB is the team Tim is with. They have a good program. Chris Luttrel who used to coach at Jacksons has a good Mma team based out of ABQ kickboxing.
     
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    I have heard great things about Gracie Barra NM. I will certainly check it out. FIT NHB and Jacksons seem like excellent gyms too. I would really love a gym where I could continue to wrestle, while further my aspirations to fight amateur MMA.
     
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    GBNM has really amazing coaches for being a gym in a relatively out of the way city. Tussa and Barata were/are both top level black belts, just below the very elite. A lot of their guys come up to Denver to compete and they're always tough and super technical.
     
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    +1 for the GBNM schools. My Professor got his black belt from Tussa and I've gone up there to train with them several times. Don't discount Jacksons for a new fighter, you won't get the individual attention a guy like Jones gets but you'll be in a room with a bunch of really tough guys who will help you progress.
     
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    That sounds like the kind of environment I would thrive in and really appreciate. Thanks.
     
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    No problem. That environment is crazy and their new facility is ridiculous. Close to a sketchy part of town but you'd still be fine to stay in the dorms if that's what you're looking for.
     
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    I would be living and working elsewhere so I wouldn't need to stay in the dorms.
     
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    Good stuff. You should be fine then. The GBNM mats are full of killers. I don't know how big you are (I'm 205) but Barata (140lbs or so) will hold you down and make you feel silly. Forget about Tussa.
     
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    I'm around 170 so I imagine I'll feel silly either way lol.
     
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    Don't insult Barata like that.
     
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    I'm biased too. My old Judo coach (who is also a black belt in BJJ) trains and coaches at both places and seems to have embraced both places 100%. We always seemed to be on the same wavelength so I figure both places must be great environments.
     
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