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Chicago Loop location opens Tuesday Sept. 6th featuring Carlson Gracie Jr.!

August 29th, 2011

 

Boxing Coach Gustavo Pique

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Chicago is set to open Tuesday September 6th in a big way! News of the long awaited Chicago Loop school was officially released today and good things absolutely come to those who wait.  From big name instructors to a perfect location, this school is the culmination of the resurgence of the Carlson Gracie Team through the Chicagoland area in the past two years.

The big name instructors tagged to head up classes at the new school feature many regulars to the Team MMA gyms.  However, one name in particular stands out amongst the rest.  Carlson Gracie Jr. will be instructing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at the new location in addition to Black Belts Isaac Riggs, Marcus Larrieu and Jason Sullins.  With Jeff Neal also in the mix teaching MMA, the number of legitimate black belt level BJJ instructors at the academy will be no less than five!

When asked about the Jiu-Jitsu talent level at the Chicago Academy, Coach and Black Belt Jason Sullins remarked 'Many Jiu-Jitsu schools in the area struggle to have even one legitimate black belt instructor actively teaching their students.  However, our schools have always taken pride on the high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction that we provide.  With that said, to have five legitimate black belt instructors in one school including the master himself... unbelievable!  Why would you want to train anywhere else?'

The big name instructors do not only comprise of BJJ aces.  Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Chicago has striking covered as well.  Boxing Instruction will be given by both the former Featherweight Champion of the World Angel Manfredi and Gustavo Pique who rose to prominence as a star of the Cuban National Boxing Team.  Muay Thai will also be offered under the guidance of International Muay Thai Champion Lukasz Banach! As if those credentials were not enough the striking staff will be rounded off with Coach Steve Colon who currently holds over 500 coaching victories in MMA including 20 amateur champions as well as UFC level fighters!

Finally, those who want to tie all the disciplines together in a solid MMA game will have the guidance of Jeff Neal who in addition to having a second degree black belt, has logged over 800 coaching victories in MMA, Sport Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing.  Add Steve Colon to MMA list and the duo has accounted for well over 1000 victories.  When you are talking about a school that has Jeff Neal and Steve Colon as a 'finally' you know there is an unbelievable deep talent pool of coaching as their combined credentials are unrivaled in the Chicagoland area!

Coach and Second Degree Black Belt Jeff Neal commented, 'What an unbelievable line up of coaches we are fortunate to have under one roof.  I have always taken pride in our coaching staff.  But this lineup for this school is easily one of the best ever assembled in the area.  I am happy to be a part of it and I can't even imagine the accomplishments this school will achieve in the coming years.'

Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Chicago will open at 17 N. Wabash in the heart of the Chicago Loop.  The central location makes transportation to and from the gym extremely easy and accessible with the CTA providing direct access at the front door to many of its lines and service routes.  In addition Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Chicago has also partnered up with a local parking facility operator to allow students coming in from the suburbs convenient consistent and affordable access rates!  In addition, with the famed Tilted Kilt Restaurant and Pub only two floors down, members are going to find this building hard to leave!

Membership Advisers have been getting inquiries leading up to the announcement and as of today can start signing members up for memberships that will start upon the facilities doors opening and classes being run.  Don't delay and use the contact form on the left side of the page to start this spectacular opportunity to train under Chicagoland's most accomplished coaching staff!


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