San Antonio, TX - PowerTeam Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
SCHOOL OVERVIEW- This school has a friendly and fun (yet serious) atmosphere and no ego trippers or assholes. They don’t last very long here. Everyone I’ve worked with has good attitude and want to help each other. You pair with newbies as well as pro fighters in class. When pairing new people, they usually watch like a hawk/provide guidance/correction. If you have questions they are eager to stay with you until you’ve got it. Many students here are amateur/professional fighters that compete local, state and national tournaments. They encourage everyone to compete, but it's not required. As with most BJJ schools the importance of competition participation in advancement is espoused. They prefer people with little/no experience start in gi class before being allowed into MMA class. Facilities: well kept/clean and the mats are cleaned often. There is a small dressing room with lockers that is more or less a hallway with sink in the middle and a toilet at the end; no showers. They have gis and gloves to use til you get your own. They sell gis/gear.
CLASSES- All classes start w/15-20 minutes of warm up and conditioning/stretching exercises.
Kimono “gi” class: 30 minutes of technique instruction and practice with willing partner, 30 minutes of free sparring against an opponent. As with most BJJ schools, gi classes start with you on knees (or at least on one knee). This is usually due to safety reasons and class size except when working takedowns or tournament preparation.
No-gi submission wrestling classes: have not attended personally.
MMA classes: cover 3 main ranges or “games” of combat: Standup, Clinch, Ground. Techniques are generally taught/implemented in same manner as BJJ. Standup game is derived from elements of Western Boxing/Muay Thai Kickboxing. Striking drills w/pads & freestanding bags as well. The pad drills range from stationary to alive. Clinch game is derived from takedown/control elements of Judo, Greco-Roman Wrestling, and Muay Thai. The focus: to control our opponent and provide a way to continue with standup or transition to the ground. After demo’ing the technique/light practice, you get to practice on a resisting opponent. The ground game is derived from and focuses on primarily BJJ but also includes elements of Judo, Russian Sambo, and Greco-Roman Wrestling and Freestyle/Catch Wrestling. All of the above-mentioned grappling elements are usually trained with striking.
Classes are available 6 days a week and are about 1 ½ to 2 hours long. I have never been to a class that did not run over by some amount of time. Usually, you look up at the clock and an hour has long since passed since you started. So you definitely get mat time. Also, after classes, folks are usually allowed to work on their own with someone, hit the bags, or if you have questions, the instructors will answer them and demonstrate techniques. So they always get a ‘10’ on bang for the buck.
If you wish to compete in BJJ or MMA events outside the school, they will help you get ready. We have many fighters that come here already fighting in events or that just want to get some extra training. We also have those that train here that basically represent the school when they fight and I have watched what they have to go through and it is extremely rigorous.
INSTRUCTORS- It is the only academy in San Antonio with two Brazilian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts on staff: The head instructor: Professor Luiz Sergio Corrêa, "MARRINHA" :A black belt (3 stripe) that has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 21years, 9 of which he has been a black belt. He received his black belt from Paulo Strauch, former instructor from the Reilson Gracie Academy. He is also one of the few black belts to hold a Professor diploma that is signed by Carlos Gracie Junior, Robson Gracie, Osvaldo Alves and Master Mansour. He is a former member of Brazilian Top Team and was an instructor to H.E. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed (founder of the Abu Dhabi World Championships). He also has a black belt in Judo.The assistant head instructor: Bruno Azevedo. He has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 12 years and has been teaching for 3 years. He is certified by the International BJJ Federation. He has competed and won many tournaments in Brazil. Among his instructors in Brazil was former UFC Champion and Brazilian Top Team member, Murilo Bustamante, as well as American Top Team Head Coach, Ricardo Liborio. He is teaching as well as continuing his training under Sergio “Marra”.
MMA Coach/Law Enforcement Trainer:James Walker. He is the originator and head coach of Team Tabmoc http://unlimitedfightingoptions.homestead.com/ . He has been involved with martial 28 years and taught for the last 10. Black belt in Shinpuren/Butokukan. He's studied extensively in Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, JKD Concepts, Sambo, Muay Thai, and currently BJJ. Defensive tactics/firearms instructor and protective service specialist in the military. Certified as an ISR Tier 1 Instructor, Krav Maga Advanced/LEO Instructor, Tony Blauer’s S.P.E.A.R. Instructor, and ASP Baton Instructor. MMA Coach/Conditioning/Personal Training Coach: Rudy Hernandez. He has a personal training business. He is a Black Belt Instructor Trainer in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. He teaches Unarmed Self Defense to Marine Corrections Specialists and seminars in MMA and Self Defense. He's a certified Krav Maga Military/LEO Instructor. Black Belt in Judo and has trained in BJJ, Sambo, MT, Boxing, Kenpo, and a few others. Compets in MMA Tournaments as a professional fighter. On the fitness side, he was the 2005 Lackland Bodybuilding Overall Champion and the 2005 John Sherman Body Building Classic-3rd Place Middle Weight. His day job is SWAT team leader and instructor, Close Combat Instructor and K9 instructor.
CONCERNS- Some may not like the fact that they do contracts normally for most plans. The reason was explained to me that it makes it easy for them to keep track of the billing. The owner Edgar Zarins told me that is the only reason why they do contracts. He said “it’s no problem if someone wants to leave. If you want or need out, I just take you out of it. No problem.” Personally, it doesn’t bother me as much as it does my wife.My only real complaint is the physical size of the school’s facilities (at the time of this writing) and the restroom/locker room. When you are rolling/sparring you have to be cognizant of the walls. I have seen matches stopped so they can drag them away from the walls. Also it can get nice and warm in there sometimes J but sometimes they open the doors to ventilate the place. The bathroom can get crowded or if it’s locked people have to wait. But all in all, these are just niggles. The space we have gets the job done but it is a small area compared to some other schools of this caliber. And if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen, right?
CONCLUSION- I did a lot of research before picking this school and checked out some of the other schools in the area and after enrolling here and for the most part, I wouldn’t want to train anywhere else in San Antonio. The school officially opened 2 Aug 06 so it is barely 6 months old, and I’ve no doubt they plan to expand to larger facilities at some point; especially since the student base grows steadily every month as the word gets out about them. Basically, this is a small school with a big heart and good people. The owner and instructors are very accommodating and will work with you to fit your budget and schedule so you can get the training you need. The instruction is top-notch, and IMHO it is (as more experienced others who have trained there have also said) the best school for BJJ/grappling and possibly even for MMA training in San Antonio. Many who attend have stated that they feel it is one of the best in the state for this type of school.
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I gave 5 on equipment because of the fact that they don't have a ring, octagon, bag room or weights/machines which are things you find at some larger/older gyms. I'm sure that they will have some if not all of those things in the future.
I gave a 1 on weapons, because we don't learn the use of weapons.
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Great review! Do you think this school would be a good place for someone with absolutely no experience in ground fighting and who is EXTREMELY out of shape?? I ask specifically because I went to a Judo class once a few years back and almost freakin' passed out because of the intensity of the workout (combined with the heat in the training area).
How much does this place charge per month? How long is the contract for? Did you check out the Relson Gracie school or the Sinlapa Muay Thai school as well??
nupe, yes, they take all types...inexperienced and out of shape...you'll have to discuss rates with Edgar, sometimes they change
28 Feb 07 - Power Team BJJ is proud to announce that BJJ Blackbelt RODRIGO PINHEIRO will be training and teaching at the academy. This will make 3 BJJ blackbelts under one roof. Rodrigo is a 2006 BJJ World Champion, 3 x Pan American Champion, and 5 x Brazilian Champion.