Athens, Georgia - The Hardcore Gym
THG is owned by Adam and Rory Singer and is an American Top Team affiliated school. They're both brown belts in BJJ under Chris Haueter (a Rigan Machado 2nd degree). The gym specializes in MMA and BJJ. The really like to focus on all ranges (i.e. standup, clinch, ground). They have a number of full contact fighters on their team and generally do very well in competition. They've had fighters in a number of venues local, national and international. This includes two in the UFC: Forrest Griffin (no longer trains there actively as he's moved to Las Vegas, but he still comes back occasionally) and Rory Singer.
The gym has just doubled it's size from 1500 to 3000 square feet. Almost the entire floor is matted. Soon there will be a fence wall added to work on grappling against a fence. Other ammenties include hanging thai heavy bags, lots of gloves/pads/headgear/etc... to be used, as well as weights currently going in.
At 5:30 M-Th the 101 (beginner) class and the 201 (intermediate) classes meet (under seperate instruction). Then at 6:30 the advanced (advanced) class meets. Mondays and Wednesdays are for grappling. Tuesdays and Thursdays are for Standup (striking, clinch, standup-wrestling).
As far as pricing goes, it is dependent on the length of contract. I'm unsure of the current rates, so it would be best to come to a class or call for more info.
I believe there is a rate for month to month as well though I'm not certain what it is. Whatever the fee is gets you M-Th and Saturday instruction and openmats on Fridays. Another bonus is great guest instructors do come in occasionally (so far this has included Chris Haueter giving a BJJ seminar and Carmelo Marrero, an NCAA all-american wrestler, giving a wrestling clinic).
I came to this gym with a bit of prior experience, having my blackbelt in Kuk Sool Won, but very little outside of that. The intro class are a great way to get acclimated. All classes start with a rigorougs warmup. Then they begin the instruction and drilling. They drill things at a pace both conducive to learning without being completely compliant. Then as you get better you're given more chance to free-spar and roll. I have never yet felt overwhelmed or overlooked. The instructors are very conscious of how everyone is doing, and they try to accomodate everyone to the best of their abilities.
It's a great atmosphere with no egos. Everyone is really welcoming and very hardworking. I can't imagine a better place in the area to train.
The Hardcore Gym
1685 Commerce Rd. Athens, GA 30607
Another Shot of the Addition:
Rory Singer's and Forrest Griffin's TUF Jerseys: