« on: May 30, 2005, 11:51:40 AM »
the avellans are awesome grapplers and really cool guys. i honestly dont know much about pricing or what the students are like now because i havent been in there in a few years. i was one of their original students back before they really got famous in the grappling world, so it was really cheap to train there(if i remember correctly it was $75/month for unlimited training), classes were always small, and everyone was cool. there were always a bunch of really good guys to train with, and everyone was nice so you didnt have to worry about some moron going nuts and injuring you. when it came down to training, people were of course serious, but it was really a friendly environment with everyone joking around with each other.
now that they have been winning some really big tournaments they got a lot more attention and i think they more than doubled the number of students they have, so im sure there are a few jerks in the mix(like there are at any mma/bjj gym). but like everywhere else, the big ego people usually dont last more than a few weeks.
btw, im like you, im just in it for fun. i dont take training too seriously or really care about competing.