is Marcello C. Monteiro a legit instructor?

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  1. WAR MMA

    WAR MMA White Belt

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    wasn't really sure where to post this, so please forgive me if I'm in the wrong department :)

    a brief background: about 3 years ago I decided to make some small lifestyle changes to lose weight. I was hitting the scales at 5'6", 340 pounds. FAT ASS to be sure. I started with small changes to my diet, and after a 2 years I was at the 305 mark. I realized I needed to make bigger changes, so January of this year I joined a gym and made big changes to my diet and lifestyle. I am currently at 264 pounds. My goal is 185, so still a long way to go.

    I want to find an activity to get involved in and BJJ is something that really interests me. So doing some google-ing I found a BJJ place literally 2 minutes from my regular gym and about 10 minutes from my house. GREAT i said. It's owned and operated by Marcello C. Monteiro. The gym's site obviously talks him up, but figured some folks around here would be able to confirm if he is legit.

    this isn't an affiliate gym, but the one he actually runs from what I gather. here's the link:

    Online Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training - BJJ Coach Marcello Monteiro - Location

    so, would this be a good place to start training? I'm not looking to compete, just have a fun physical activity to enjoy :)

    thanks guys!
     
  2. lebo-0937

    lebo-0937 Orange Belt

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    he is legit
     
  3. teamcarvalho

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  4. bigraydaddy1

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    De La Riva black belt, although I believe they had a falling out.
    Def. legit.
    A few good schools in Indy, though.
     
  5. fozzit

    fozzit Guapo Mestiso

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    Marcello is a incredible instructor... Miguel Torres was a Marcello brown belt before he earned his black from Master Carlson... He's legit as they come... why even create this thread when his website says it all?
     
  6. bigraydaddy1

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    Miguel received his brown belt from Master Carlson Sr.
    He got his black belt from Jr.
     
  7. fozzit

    fozzit Guapo Mestiso

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    so Miguel got his purple from Marcello? He was a brown at MArcellos before Master Carlson moved to Chicago correct? Its been years since Ive spoken with Marcello or Delariva so I could be mistaken....
     
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    Jinzumkei Rock El Columbian

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    Yes he's legit. I believe Miguel Torres and Chris Lytle has trained with him (not sure if they still do though)
     
  9. WAR MMA

    WAR MMA White Belt

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    because anyone can create a website and list tons of credentials. doesn't mean it's real or noteworthy. Just wanted to check with some folks that I believed would have more info (this forum).

    I'll be stopping in today after work. Anyone know what these schools usually cost? I figure $100/month plus buying a Gi ($200?).

    thanks everyone :)
     
  10. WAR MMA

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    well, i went in today after work and met with the manager at the school. talked with him for a good bit, and made the plunge! I have my first class monday night.

    I'm ridiculously excited :D :D :D
     
  11. Gerbiljiujitsu

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    With all the professional looking websites out these days it's always a good idea to ask :D

    congrats on losing all the weight too, BJJ will help out with that a lot!
     
  12. bigraydaddy1

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    Hay War MMA- did you get to meet Joao Herdy? He's an awesome blackbelt.
    Good luck to you.
     
  13. WAR MMA

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    no, the only guys I met were a few that were training MMA grappling (forget their names already...I was nervous) and the manager, Alan. we went over the classes offered (I'll be in Beginner's BJJ Fundamentals obviously). The monthly fee covers 4 classes per week, plus open mat hours. So monday-thursday 7-8pm and then 2 hours of open mats on friday and saturday. Seemed like a good deal to me. Plus I need to buy a Gi from them. I'm going in about 15 minutes early monday to get the Gi.

    The manager also recommended I pick up a few items. Rash guard, compression shorts, mouthpiece, and a cup. He said wearing the rash guard and compression shorts under the Gi is the recommended attire. Is there anything else I should look into picking up?
     
  14. bjjaz

    bjjaz Got the Rock...Time to Roll

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    Legit for sure, enjoy the classes.
     
  15. Mike Wilson Jr.

    Mike Wilson Jr. Amateur Fighter

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    Torres did NOT receive his Black from Master Carlson.

    Maybe Jr. gave it to him, idk, but for sure it wasnt Carlson.
     
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    Miguel was awarded his black from Carlson jr. I have no idea who promoted him through the lower ranks but IMO, who cares? Lol at people questioning Monteirao's legitimacy!
     
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    I got to roll with Marcello at a seminar as he's our coach's coach. It was a pretty cool experience. Really nice guy too.
     
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    I train at a school where I live, but I am also a part of Marcello's online community. I've been very impressed with the White to Blue video series. Excellent techniques and very detailed instruction.

    Should I ever go to Indy, I'd hook up with the school without a doubt. I've spoken to his assistant Alan and he's a great guy too. Seems like a super quality school. I'd say go for it.

    Dan
     
  20. BalrogOfMorgoth

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    Who cares? It's not important who you taught you from white to purple belt? :rolleyes: Miguel was promoted to blue and purple by Braulio Corral, who is a Marcello Montiero 1 stripe black belt. Miguel left a few weeks after getting promoted to purple and opened a competing school down the street, kind of crappy thing to do. Marcello is definitely legit.
     

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