ABOUT US

“In my opinion, American Top Team is the BEST MMA camp in the country!” – UFC Commentator Joe Rogan

 

 

Malachy Friedman, coach of Kimbo Slice, Ufc’s Hector Urbina and Leo Kuntz is a black belt instructor at the #1 SCHOOL FOR MMA TRAINING IN FLORIDA. After training and coaching for over 8 years at American Top Team headquaters, in Coconut Creek, Florida; Malachy decided to bring the ever evolving Carlson Gracie jiu-jitsu to Charleston, SC.  Malachy Friedman received his black belt under legend Ricardo Libório; widely regarded in Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) as the top black belt ever produced by Master Carlson Gracie, and an all around legend of the sport. Liborio was recently crowned 2015 ADCC Superfight Champion by defeating Mario Sperry. Liborio created two of the best teams in the world one being Brazilian Top Team and the other American Top Team, one of the MMA world’s biggest powerhouses.

ATT as it’s commonly referred to, has trained and developed over 100 plus fighters in the largest Mixed Martial Arts (“MMA”) organizations such as the UFC (“Ultimate Fighting Championship”), WEC, Strikeforce, Bellator, PRIDE, K-1, DREAMS and Sengoku.

That same knowledge, born out of hard work, perseverance, and dedication honed from our professional MMA and BJJ fight team, has been passed down to our students who train in: MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (“BJJ”), Submission Grappling, Judo, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Kids MMA, Women’s Fitness, and Self-Defense. Our training methods have deep roots in the Martial arts world.

Our lineage can be traced back to the legendary Carlson Gracie, where his vision, open-mind, and trademark aggressive attacking style have greatly influenced us.
We bring all of this knowledge to our students where we instruct and train beginners, advanced, kids and adults all with the same desire to help you achieve your goals.

LINEAGE:

Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Carlson Gracie > Ricardo Liborio > Malachy Friedman

BRINGING ATT TO THE LOWCOUNTRY

WE BELIEVE CLOSEST TO THE SOURCE IS ALWAYS FRESHEST. OUR ACADEMY INSTRUCTOR IS NOT AN AFFILIATE BLACK BELT BUT A PRACTICIONER WHO LEARNED UNDER THE LEGENDARY RICARDO LIBORIO AND TRAINED WITH THE WORLDS MOST ELITE MMA FIGHTERS AND JIU-JITSU MEDALISTS. HAVING BEEN WITH THE WORLDS BEST HE THEN COACHED THEM AND CORNERED UFC FIGHTERS WORKING ON THEIR JIU-JITSU AND STRATEGY. ATT LOWCOUNTRY IS PROUD TO BRING HIGH CAILBER COACHING AND INSTRUCTION TO CHARLESTON.

Instructors & Resident Athletes

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Malachy Friedman

Friedman, a professional mixed martial artist and seasoned Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner who has trained with some of the sport’s finest coaches and athletes, believes wholeheartedly in his approach to his personal training that his client’s needs and goals are his No. 1 priority.

To ensure his clients reach their full potential, Friedman, who is a member of the world-renowned American Top Team training facility, draws upon both his experience as a professional athlete and personal trainer to hand-craft specific plans that are designed with his client’s needs and goals always in mind.

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Peter

Peter – 31 year old Charleston native with a purple belt in Gracie Jiujitsu. Graduated in 2007 receiving a massage therapy certificate from Trident Tech and in 2008 receiving his bachelors of science in Exercise Science from the College of Charleston.

Former surfing competitor placing 2nd in the southeast region in 2000 for boys and top 8 in east coast that same year; secured a spot with the East Coast Allstar Surfing team. Won the SC state surfing championship for junior men in 2001. Former Arnold Classic Relson Gracie champion for blue belt division with a 3rd place tie in open no gi for under 155. Former SC grappling champion for under 150. A current professional wrestler who trained at WWA4 under Curtis “Big Cat” Hughes as well as under Dory Funk Jr. at the Funkin’ Conservatory.

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Johnnie

Johnnie, is  25 years old. Born and in Charleston, SC.   Started training in Mixed Martial Arts 5 years ago. His first class was taught by Malachy Friedman before he moved to Florida to train at American Top Team headquarters.   Johnnie currently a purple belt under Casey Colias, and has competed in many different  Jiu Jitsu tournaments ; from big too small also obtaining  8 MMA fights.     “I’m very excited for the new beginnings at America Top Team Low country.”

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Lucas

Lucas,  was born in Campinas, Brazil where he started my training in Bjj under Marcelo Figueiredo at age 11 where he trained until 13 then  moved to Charleston, SC. He continued my training under Grand Master Relson Gracie for 7 years in which he won the most prestigious tittles one can win 3x us national champions, 2nd place at ibjjf worlds 2008, Ibjjf World NO Gi champion in 2009 and many more. In this same period of time he also became a ALL State Wrestler in the state of South Carolina in high school. Lucas since then  acquired a Black Belt under Professor Ricardo Oliveira, a Tozzi Jiu jitsu black belt in his hometown of Campinas, Brazil where he trained full time at Team Nogueira. Lucas loves the gentle art of Bjj which he has devoted 12 years.

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Ivan

Judo and Wrestling Coach

3rd degree Judo Black Belt

The Citadel’s assistant wrestling coach, Ivan was also a judo coach at Budokan Judo Club. Following his time at Clarion, Lopouchanski was named the assistant wrestling coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School.

Ivan began his college career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he competed from 2008 to 2011 prior to the cancelation of their program. He claimed Southern Conference individual titles and bids to the NCAA National Championships in 2010 and 2011 and earned the UNCG record for most wins in a single season with 41.

Ivan then transferred to Purdue University, where he qualified for the NCAA National Championships in 2012 and 2013. He held an overall record of 122-32 and earned his spot as an All-American in 2013. Ivan also earned Academic All-America status in 2013, becoming just the third grappler in Purdue history to earn both All-America honors in a single season. Following his graduation in 2013, he served as the graduate assistant coach for the Boilermakers prior to coaching at Clarion.

A native of Hollywood, Florida, Ivan claimed the high school state champion title in 2008.

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Jeff

Muay Thai/ Kickboxing Instructor

Jeff is a Charleston native where he started his Muay Thai journey. At the age of 23, Jeff knew in order to be the best, you need to train with the best. He relocated and trained at Sinbi Muay Thai, in Phucket Thailand, a world renowned training facility that has trained multiple world champions and home of number 1 ranked fighter at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Sinbi Taewoong. Jeff brought back a new passion and understanding of the art and has dedicated everyday to practicing and coaching Muay Thai.

“Jeff has the understanding that we as martial artists are always learning evolving changing and that is the foundation of ATTLC” –Malachy Friedman, owner/head coach ATTLC

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Jay

Boxing Coach

Golden Glove Champion and a Diamond Glove Champion. He is also a New Jersey State Champ and represented the United States in the 1997 and 1998 Olympic Tournament.

“Excellence is achieved through dedication and perseverance. You are the only thing standing in the way of your goals and I will be here to help you achieve them. ” – Jay

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Chad

After-School Program Director

Chad graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology which has strongly prepared him for a career in the field of youth sport, exercise and fitness.

As a technical submission BJJ and MMA fighter, Chad has received many awards and recognitions from state and local competition tournaments, including winning the South Carolina Fall Submission Grappling Championship 2012; the Low Country Submission Grappling Challenge – Gold Nogi Advanced; and the NAGA North Carolina Fall 2013 – Gold Intermediate Nogi. As an MMA fighter, Chad has accrued a 4-1 record and received “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” from Conflict MMA.

Chad is now focusing on his lifelong goal of teaching children and promoting their healthy physical development. Chad is proud to lead our American Top Team Lowcountry Kids After-school Program here in Charleston, SC. He is looking forward to working closely with parents and other educators to help the children at ATT reach their academic and athletic potential in a safe and happy environment.

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Jarret

BJJ Instructor

Former collegiate football athlete, Jarret Smotrila, was a four-year starter with an impressive record including All-Conference Honors Player of the Week ; NCAA National Defensive Back of the Week; and holder of the Interception Return Yardage Record for his university.

After college, Jarret moved into MMA training with the same fierce competitive spirit. He holds a 6-2 record and a Welterweight Title Bout. He was formally introduced to Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the spring of 2010, received his Blue Belt in 2010, his Purple Belt in 2012, and his Brown Belt in 2014.

In everything he does, Jarret actively promotes a healthy, active lifestyle and brings abundant positivity to every class.

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Allan

BJJ Instructor

Growing up in Virginia, Allan Hernandez trained in Chun Kuk Do for four years before moving into weight training and powerlifting. Always goal-oriented, Allan was on a journey to maximize his potential, and ultimately found his true passion when he began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2011.  As a purple belt under Professor Malachy Friedman, Allan has competed and medaled in numerous submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments including: The Good Fight, US Grappling, NAGA, Newbreed, and IBJJF.

Allan is currently in the United States Navy where he has seen five deployments in the past 10 years of service with the USS COWPENS out of Yokosuka, Japan and USS BARRY out of Norfolk, Virginia.

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Anna

Kids Kickboxing coach/ Muay Thai Fighter

Anna is an undefeated Muay Thai fighter who hails from North Carolina. Our “unshrinking violet” takes on numerous bouts where she continually tests her stand-up skills while giving combat sports fans rousing fights. Fun fact: our gutsy instructor is also known as Ms. Ana, fifth grade teacher extraordinaire and awesome soccer coach. Ms. Ana combines her passion for Muay Thai with her love of teaching children in her role as ATT Lowcountry’s Kid’s Kickboxing Instructor.

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Tre

Kids BJJ Instructor/ Women’s Self-Defense Instructor

Tre is from Gallatin, TN and works for the U.S. Navy Security Forces as a Master-at Arms 2nd class. He instructs tactical self-defense to Navy, Air Force, and Department of Defense Security Forces as a certified Air Force Combatives instructor, and serves as an instructor for the Women’s self-defense programs. Tre has been an active duty sailor in the U.S. Navy since February, 2011, and has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu all that time, competing in over 30 tournaments.

While Tre has the awesome responsibility of training U.S. soldiers in close quarters combat, he is proud to inspire and mentor our youngest students as Coach for the American Top Team Little Foxes and Fox Champs

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Madison

Kids Instructor/ Women’s Self Defense Instructor

Madison has trained in traditional martial arts and kickboxing. She has advanced her martial arts career, training in BJJ and competing in over 15 BJJ tournaments. Madison competes in BJJ in the men’s division. Not only does Madison help instruct during the women’s self-defense here at ATT Lowcountry, she assists with a women’s self-defense for military and wives.  She already has 3 years teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and hopes to continue her journey as instructor.

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Hector

UFC Fighter 

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Michael

Pro MMA/Pro Muay Thai Fighter

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Gilbert

Pro MMA Fighter

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Mark

MMA Fighter 

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