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    What to Make of This?

    Ok, so I've been interested in this one school. It's an SBGi affliate gym. They offer MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (no gi) and some Karate (krotty) program for kids. They have very reasonable prices too. ( http://www.teamonemma.com/ )

    The instructor has a black belt in American Combat Karate (lol combat krotty) and a bluebelt in BJJ under Mr. Human Weapon, Jason Chambers.

    I love BJJ and want to get back into it. So I was pretty excited about classes. (still am, and have talked to him)

    But then... I see this...

    http://blogs.forumer.com/CombatGal/

    And this person just trashes the instructor and the school, saying its all horrible training, and that the instructor is a sham.

    What do I make of this? It sorta gave me 2nd thoughts, but I dont know.

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      #3
      They can't be too bad though, right? He has a bluebelt under Jason Chambers, who is a very talented BJJ fighter.

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        #4
        Also I thought SBGi doesnt put up with bullshit, so maybe that person just has a personal problem with the instructor.

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          #5
          Originally posted by KFighter
          Also I thought SBGi doesnt put up with bullshit, so maybe that person just has a personal problem with the instructor.

          yea you can always find people with personal grudges. Their are some krotty freakaziods who have crappy striking but get good BBJ skills and then use that to boost their so called striking. It sucks, but it seems to be happening more.

          BBJ instructors don't necessarily check their students stand-up before giving them rank ;)

          Still always check before you sign

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            #6
            And all Im worried about is their BJJ. I dont plan on training striking there, just learning BJJ. Thats my goal.

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              #7
              Not sure where the "main" office is for SBGi , but you should be able to contact them and at least verify that this guy is certified to teach... it should all be good.

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                #8
                Ive sent an email.

                Has anyone had experience with Team One?

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                  #9
                  An interesting note.

                  On the Human Weapon page, Jason Chambers says Shawn Terrance was pretty important in getting him into martial arts.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by KFighter
                    And all Im worried about is their BJJ. I dont plan on training striking there, just learning BJJ. Thats my goal.
                    How long have you been doing BJJ?

                    If you are interested in Gi and are blue belt, you might want to consider looking elsewhere?

                    Otherwise try out a class...

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by EternalRage
                      How long have you been doing BJJ?

                      If you are interested in Gi and are blue belt, you might want to consider looking elsewhere?

                      Otherwise try out a class...
                      No, I was only a very intermediate white belt, and gi/no gi doesnt matter to me. Just good BJJ training does.

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                        #12
                        Still waiting for an email for the regional director.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by KFighter
                          Still waiting for an email for the regional director.
                          Interesting, I would think they would be quick to answer this... of course it is the holidays and they may just running slow. :icon_sant

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                            #14
                            Dude, go to the school, ask if you can observe the class, and go from there. If they don't let you observe the class, then I shall advise you to go somewhere else. Ask them questions, and hope that they will be up front with you. It's ok to play Dick Tracy when it comes to someone potentially parting your money from you.

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                              #15
                              Got an email back from the regional director. He told me, only recently was he assigned to be director for the midwest. He said he asked Matt Thorton about the instructor and Matt said that he is "good and worth checking out".

                              So if he is vouched for by Matt Thorton, thats all the info I need.

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