Thursday, February 16, 2012

American Top Team


I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.


14 March 2008 @ 11:15 pm

Wow dammit! I made it to the American Top Team. The mecca for fighters. When I thought of places I had to visit, ATT was at the top of that list. Are you kidding me? It's a who's who. If you are a fight fan, just walking around, you will see tons of fighters, not only fighters, but contenders. In kickboxing, boxing, and MMA. Not only that but the man himself Ricardo Liborio also teaches here. Wow! It's by far the largest facility I have ever seen. Full weights, cardio area, a store, kids area, lockers, showers, sauna, cage, 2 giant mats, a boxing area, a 2nd square cage, a ring, are you kidding me? Its an MMA fantasy gym.

So many good fighters here. There are also a ton of black belts. I took a gi and no gi class. And even a class with Liborio. UFC fighter Carmelo Marrero did a wrestling takedown class, there is stuff I picked up there that I will continue to use.

Liborio and Emyr "Shark" Bussade fine tuned my jiu jitsu. And the guys I rolled with at this gym... man made me feel like I am out of shape. Maybe because they are near the beach. But a lot of beach bod type guys picking me up and tossing me around like a rag doll haha.

But in one training session a guy rolled on top of both of my ankles. It was pain like, I couldn't move. I was on top of him and he spazzed some to get out and iL had my ankles locked underneath him with myself on top and he kept bumping up and down over and over and it wrecked my ankles. I could barely walk. Thank goodness I was able to unlock my legs in time, I think they should be fine. Definitely not broken thank God. But a light sprain.

But when you do a sport as tough as this, this is to be expected. This is a gym for all kinds. Pro fighters, children, women, enthusiasts, and competitors.

They offer so many classes. The guys were all getting ready for NAGA, I wish them the best. With Liborio as your trainer, I can't see them not doing well. Both Shark and Liborio and even the manager (Mike Brown were all gracious as well as all the fighters walking around.

I loved it!!!
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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