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Need help picking a BJJ school

Hey BElitist, I need help picking a new BJJ school. I just joined the military (Navy, pilot) and I'm sitting in Pensacola awaiting the start of flight school. By all accounts I'll probably be waiting for a while, so I figured I'd pick up some BJJ while I'm here.

I previously trained for a few months at Urban Jungle in Houston with Tony Torres-Aponte, a black belt under Royce Gracie. I've got nothing but good things to say about that school, and if you're in Houston, I highly suggest checking it out. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make classes as often as I would have liked, so my experience is still minimal.

I've found two schools in the area.

The first is a place named Competition 1 BJJ. The bio for the head trainer follows:

Tony Erard has been involved in martial arts and grappling since childhood. Active in wrestling since grade school, Tony takes his passion for grappling and instruction to the mats every day. In addition to wrestling, Tony trained in several traditional martial arts before finding his true passion, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Tony is currently a purple belt under Rodrigo Pinheiro. He has trained exclusively under Master Pinheiro (www.RPBJJ.com ) for several years. Master Pinheiro is a highly decorated BJJ competitor and Saulo Ribeiro Black Belt with hundreds of students in the greater San Antonio area. An active competitor, Tony has won first place at many large tournaments. When Tony is not on the mats he is serving his country as an active duty Air Force officer. He is an instructor in the military, on the mats and in the cage. In addition to multiple professional instructor certifications, Tony also holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business

Their website can be found here.

The second is a Gracie school, named simply Gracie Pensacola. The head instructor bio follows:

Tony Baker is a Brown Belt under the Master Pedro Sauer Jiu-Jitsu Association. He joined the Association in April of 2005 and received his Brown Belt from 2nd Degree Black Belt instructor Allen Hopkins (Team Hopkins) on Dec. 1, 2012.

Tony is a Pensacola native, he is married to April Baker, owner of Elements Salon, they have a five year old son named Riley Baker. The entire Baker family is also active in the drag racing community. Tony's father Frank Baker, owner of Baker Racing Fuels has been involved with drag racing for over 40yrs.

Their website can be found here.

Thanks a lot guys, I'm looking forward to continuing my training!

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