Alan Belcher MMA Club- Biloxi, MS
Alan Belcher MMA Club
This is the best place I've ever been too, and I've already put up quite a few reviews here for good places, and have traveled around the country and trained in a lot of awesome gyms over the years I've been involved with MMA. I sincerely believe that in a few years Alan Belcher MMA Club will be a gym name people hear about nationwide. The people here are great, the training is awesome, and Alan is really invested in the school always making improvements, and adding new features! It's nice to finally get to reveiw a school that is able to get close to a perfect score even by Bullshido's high standards. Now I do work here so I might seem a bit bias, but that really isn't effecting my rating. This place rocks.
First before I go into the ratings here is the cons:
This place is huge, but it can get a little crowded during the busy times, when classes end and the training floors poor out and the new classes come in it's hard to just chill in the club (when it's not rush hour it's a different story), but luckily the place will be expanding pretty soon. As an employee this is basically the only complaint I've ever received.
There are a lot of different classes here, and some of them are purely fitness and do no live training, but they are on a seperate schedule. We also have beginner level classes with lighter live training to build people up, but in all of the advanced classes and pro level classes the training is intense, and we build people up to it reasonably fast.
When Alan opened up this new facility in early 2011 he went all out! Brand new plate load weight machines, all new fitness equipment, 36' octagon cage (same size the UFC usually uses) big enough to hold large classes in, 3 training floors, 2 private lesson rooms, all armed to the teeth with throwing dummies, twins bags, thai pads, boxing mits, and pretty much anything else you'd need to train an elite UFC fighter :)
Gym Size- 10
The club is currently about 10,000 sq ft, and is working on an expansion. there are 3 huge training floors so the club can hold 3 classes simultaneously, and can also have 2 private lessons in the private lesson rooms. There is an office in the back and an upstairs. Locker rooms for men and women and both are set-up with multiple bathroom stalls and showers.
There are a lot of entire families that train here, and people never want to leave the place. It's pretty awesome to have a badass MMA gym that you can be comfortable bringing your little sister, your mom, and your wife too. It gets a little rowdier in the private training floor when the pros lock the door, but everyone here is like family, and very open and welcoming to new people and training partners.
Instructor/Student Ratio- 9
There are about 30 instructors here now plus some more assistant instructors, but the classes are really big sometimes. There are tons of class times 7 days a week and 3 training floors to make sure classes are never too big.
Striking Instruction- 10
Alan Belcher fights for the UFC and teaches the pro and many of the advanced classes on a variable schedule. The lower level classes are taught by experts with competition success, so the scoring would change with beginner classes. Alan brings in lots of experts from round the world to teach for periods of time also including Manu Ntoh, Duke Roufus, and more.
Grappling Instruction- 10
Alan Belcher teaches the pro and many of the advanced classes on a variable schedule. The lower level classes are taught by experts with competition success, so the scoring would change with beginner classes. Alan brings in lots of experts from round the world to teach for periods of time also including Daniel Moraes, Joao Assis, Davi Ramos, Ben Askren, Joao Zeferino, and more.
Fitness Instruction- 10
There is a kickass fitness team here for strength and conditioning that not only helps Alan get all the way down to 185 for fights, but also gets a lot of people not interested in martial arts training. So if you have a girlfriend that complains you spend no time together because you train too much this is a nice solution!
Weapons Instruction- 6
This is where I feel the club could use some improvement. There is some stick fighting training, and use of mace, guns and disarms built into the self defense programs, but I think there should be a bit more and there should be some higher level training available for it. There are also seminars and special events from time to time that focus on weapons more, but in the actual schedule it's a little light right now. With that said Alan is always adding new stuff, so helpfully this will get a better rating soon.
Here is an ad that shows the place on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCN6kZL8wNY
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