Gym: American Top Team
Location: Coconut Creek, FL
Sport: MMA, BJJ, Self Defense, Fitness, and Martial Arts
Dollamur Customer Since: 2016
Dollamur Mats Used: Swain Mats and FLEXI-Roll® Mats with FLEXI-Connect® and FLEXI-Roll® Wallpads
Gym Highlights/Accolades: The American Top Team has a 40,000sq.ft. facility with full locker rooms, showers, and saunas. They have over 6,500 sq.ft. of mat space, with a designated weightlifting area, and cardio machines. There is a Pro Shop and a room for after school programs.
Ricardo Liborio is the Co-Founder and Head Instructor. He's the 1996 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World (Mundial) Champion, a 3x Brazilian National Champion, and a two time medalist of the Abu Dhabi Submission Tournament. Mr. Liborio was voted NAGA Coach of the year in 2005, and he was inducted into the NAGA Grappling Hall of Fame.
Multiple World Champion and MMA fighters train at the American Top Team facility like UFC Champion Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, Hector Lombard, former UFC Champion Junior Dos Santos, Tecia Torres, UFC Championship contender Amanda Nunes, and Bellator Champion Will Brooks.
More information here.
Gym: Seaward CrossFit
Location: Sarasota, FL
Dollamur Customer Since: 2013
Dollamur Mats Used: Flexi-Roll®
Gym Highlights/Accolades: Seaward CrossFit is owned by CrossFit Gymnastics Head Coach, Chuck Bennington, and his wife, Vanessa, who is a contributor to Breaking Muscle.
More info here.
How did you get into Judo? How long have you been doing it?
I joined a free Judo class at a Morale, Welfare and Recreation gym with my brothers and have been practicing it since I was six years old.
Do you study any other martial arts?
I have dabbled in Jiu Jitsu over the years but try to focus mainly on Judo.
Ronda Rousey is the first woman to ever medal at the Olympics for the USA? (Have there been anymore) (Ronda was the first, I was the second, Kayla Harrison took the first ever Judo gold at the Olympics for the USA in London). Has she been a lot of talk around the Judo community since her UFC super stardom and being in movies etc.?
Yes, Ronda is one of the most exciting MMA athletes to watch and with her roots in Judo, I am pulling for her. The attention she has been receiving is well-deserved and is the product of an excellent work ethic.
Do you train any other martial arts or would you ever be interested in transitioning to MMA? Do you watch the UFC or any other MMA organization?
I am not interested in practicing MMA at this juncture in my martial arts career, although I do enjoy watching. I consider myself a “Judo purist.”
Some of the best takedowns or flash, as you will, is a lot of Judo Trips and Throws. It really gets the crowd going. Are there any fighters you specifically like to watch?
I enjoy watching Ronda Rousey – she’s an amazing fighter. Having competed against her growing up, I can say that she is nothing but a professional both on and off the mat. I am also a huge fan of Daniel Cormier, who is also an Olympic medalist in wrestling and a great person in and out of the octagon.
What are you future plans and goals?
Currently, I’m training around-the-clock with the San Jose State Judo team and my coaches, Mike Swain and Shintaro Nakano, for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where I hope to win gold. Before then, I will be traveling to compete in elite Olympic qualifiers around the world, including the World Championships this August in Kazakhstan, where I also hope to take the title.
Additionally, as a Dollamur Sport Surfaces’ athlete, training on their high-performance mats has provided me with the peace-of-mind to push myself to the next level safely and efficiently.
Do you have any tutorial videos or techniques you can share with us that may be your favorite or go-to move?
Initiative Spearheaded by Wrestling Icons Sonny Greenhalgh, Jason Bross
(FORT WORTH, Tex.) – Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring for wrestling, martial arts, mixed martial arts, fitness, gymnastics, cheerleading and yoga – today announces a partnership with Coaches Corner, a leading sport surfaces distributor owned by wrestling legend Sonny Greenhalgh.
Founded in 1978, Coaches Corner is the premiere distributor of wresting mats and wall padding in the Northeastern and New England states.
Greenhalgh led the New York Athletic Club for 30-plus years as its Chairman. Currently, he serves on the USA Wrestling Board of Directors and was named “Man of the Year” in 2009. His impressive resume includes participation on the USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Sport and Women’s Freestyle Committees.
“We are thrilled to partner with Dollamur, the leading mat supplier in the world,” says Greenhalgh. “We look forward to combining Dollamur’s new and innovative products to the wrestling community in our region and are excited to supply these marquee athletes with high-performance mats.”
Jason Bross, a former Greco-Roman All-American wrestler and President of The Pinning Down Autism Foundation, will also play an integral role in the partnership. He will manage sales and work closely with schools and clubs in New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania to ensure they understand the innovative features exclusive to Dollamur mats.
The Pinning Down Autism Foundation’s mission is to address the immediate needs of children and families affected by autism. The non-profit organization accomplishes this by hosting and facilitating amateur wrestling dual meets and similar events to raise funds and awareness for local autism charities.
Dollamur is proud of Bross’ tireless work to date, which helps bring awareness to autism. The company has committed to support the organization through product and monetary grants annually.
Proudly manufactured in the USA since 1996, Dollamur is the technology leader in the sport surfaces industry. Of the many features offered, Flexi-Connect® patented technology, a flagship design unique to the company, enables event personnel to install surfaces in record time. This revolutionary product saves tournaments thousands of dollars in annual tape replacement.
“Our mats and surfaces have become the preferred choice of elite athletes around the globe,” says Mike Swain, Dollamur’s Vice President and four-time USA Judo Olympian. “The minute they step foot on our mat, they know it is a Dollamur sport surface.”
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Tex., Dollamur has official partnerships with USA Wrestling, USA Judo, the Atlantic Coast Conference and North American Grappling Association, among others. Dollamur products can be found in professional, intercollegiate and military facilities nationwide. It supplies mats to 130-plus UFC Gyms across the U.S. and more than 300 sports events annually.
For more information: www.dollamur.com/wrestling.
Gym: CrossFit Aledo
Location: Aledo, TX
Dollamur Customer Since: 2013
Dollamur Mats Used: Flexi-Roll®
Gym Highlights/Accolades: Established January 3, 2011, CrossFit Aledo was the 1st CrossFit Box in Parker County. It held the first head to head WOD competition between Dan Bailey and Rich Froning as part of the CrossFit Tour in 2012. CrossFit Aledo is the home of multiple high school football AAAA Champion Aledo Bearcats. More info here.