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Not knowing the directions around Boca Raton was the best thing that happened to me since coming here, as I mistook ATT Deerfield for being the closest mma school to my house. Not only did I find a great teacher in Master Rafael Rebello, but also a dear friend. When he first greeted me in my tryout class, I felt right at home. In addition to ATT Deerfield’ s fun family atmosphere, there are several things that set it apart from the rest. To begin with Master Rafi has a clear plan for each month and structures the class around a specific set of techniques. He also explains the techniques clearly and adjusts them to suit all the different levels in class. There are also several classes during the day and throughout the week, so you can pick those that best fit your schedule. This also means that the classes are small, which allows you to watch Master Rafi break down the technique from every angle. Most importantly, there is enough room for everyone to roll under his watchful supervision. And the adjustments he tells you to make while rolling become part of your game that you would never easily forget. Although I wasn’t sure that jiu jitsu was for me when I first began training, I can confidently say that Master Rafi has got me hooked on it! I’m also taking Muay Thai classes with coaches Luciano Macarrão and Amanda Gaveas, who are masters of their art. They put a lot of time and effort to weed out incorrect technique that I learned from other schools and have made this class one of my favorite activities next to jiu jitsu.
To me ATT Deerfield is more than just an mma school. It’s my home away from home.
Zein Rasheed (Green Belt Bjj Student)
Nathan Hughes (Blue Belt Bjj Student)
I have had the pleasure of training at American Top Team for 10 months now and have to say that it has been an amazing eperience. Mr. Rafael Rebello is an outstanding teacher and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Mr. Rebello is very patient and thorough in the application of instruction that he gives. His attention to small details and body position mechanics and placement has allowed me to develop beyond my initial expectations. He is honest, patient, respectful, humorous, and has a level of integrity and energy. Mr. Rebello readily gives feedback and is always willing to go the extra mile and meet the students as needed. I have been involved in martial arts for 20 years and have had the pleasure of being influenced by many great instructors. I would like to say that I hold Mr. Rebello in the highest regard and he is one of the best all-around instructors I have ever had. I would highly recommend him both on a personal and professional level.
Oleksandr Alex Bogun (Blue Belt Bjj Student)
Rafael, few words … As a kid, I often wrestled with my father. He told me to never give up & wanted me to make wrestling part of my
I got to know Rafael after 2 months of training, when he became my BJJ trainer. His desire to transfer experience to every person on our team was magnificent. He was attentive in explaining every movement & question asked. The strongest quality he showed me was team spirit. Never in my life had I felt so much support. My 1st competition came only several months after. I lost my 1st grapple, and Rafael reminded me that I should never give up. When I entered a second grapple 2 hours later, Rafael gathered our entire team, and I heard 20 voices of support. I was able to achieve victory within 10 second of the end of the round because my spirits had been buoyed
Thank you and ATT Deerfield team.
Oleksandr Alex Bogun
Rich Attonito (UFC Fighter)
I have had the privilege of knowing Rafael for 5 years. In that time I have gotten to know him, not only as a fighter and teammate, but also as a friend.
He is an excellent BJJ practitioner and coach, as well as, a stand out Mixed Martial Arts Fighter in his weight division. His commitment to excellence has become more and more apparent to me throughout the years in his unwaivering work ethic. Rafael is always at the ATT Coconut Creek facility, where all the professionals on the fight team train, improving himself on a daily basis. Every morning I go to the gym to train and I know I will see him there hard at work. I always look forward to seeing him because he is a very positive and upbeat individual.
Being the great teammate that he is, Rafael has always been there to help me in preparation for my fights. Whether it be with some sound BJJ technical advice or just supportive words of encouragement to help motivate me, he exemplifies to me what a teammate is all about. He is very unselfish and gives a lot of himself to the team and his students.
The example Rafael sets with his good character, work ethic, and positive attitude make it easy to see why he is so highly respected amongst his peers. Anyone who is lucky enough to train and learn from him will surely benefit to the fullest.
Rich "The Raging Bull" Attonito
Ultimate Fighter season 11 Contestant
Mark Bocek (UFC Fighter)
Rafael Rebello is an excellent instructor and competitor. Through my many years of training I have met some great people, Rafael Rebello is one of them, he is a master of brasilian jiu-jitsu and an excellent embassador of the sport. Anyone who gets the chance to train with Professor Rebello should not miss the opportunity. I look forward to training with him again myself.
Heather E. White
Master Professor Rebello is the finest example of a BJJ teacher & coach one could hope to train with.
The expertise in his discipline, combined with his gentle, nurturing teaching style, make him an exceptional coach.
The first time I met Master Rebello, I was a complete beginner who had walked into the world- renowned American Top Team training facility in Coconut Creek, FL. I was so nervous & intimidated, I started to leave.
However when Master Rebello introduced himself and took me under his wing, my fear went away. He welcomed me to his class, and took as much time with me, as he did with the advanced students. The individual attention & encouragement he provided meant the world to me. I gained confidence and believed I could really do this! I had become part of the ATT family.
I have fond memories of my first class with Master Rebello; I am forever grateful for his kindness and can’t recommend him highly enough. Osss.
Heather E. White
PhD - Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Black Belt - Thai Kickboxing
White Belt - BJJ
Brendan And Karen Hegeman (Parents Of Two Kids)
From Karen and me:
Besides getting a good workout and learning a life skill, our children are learning respect and camaraderie. And the best part is that they love attending their BJJ classes at American Top Team in Deerfield Beach. Mestre Rafael Rebello and his expert staff work with every child to ensure that they are advancing to the best of their abilities. I would heartily recommend American Top Team in Deerfield to anyone, young or old if they want to benefit from a truly challenging and rewarding martial art. You don’t learn dance steps or use antiquated defense techniques. This is a proven, time tested system that the students apply in drills and live competition that builds character and confidence.
Brendan and Karen Hegeman
Adam Jones (Father Of 3 Kids Training Bjj, He Also Does Bjj And His Wife Does Muay Thai)
Rafael Rebello and his ATT Deerfield Beach gym are wonderful! Our family was new to the area and they made us feel completely comfortable and like family. Rafael is an amazing instructor. We were concerned that our kids would get lost in the classes. Rafael and his team give special attention to each of the children and encourage them to give 100%. As a result of this great experience, our whole family is now involved in classes at ATT Deerfield Beach. I recommend Rafael Rebello and his Brazilian Fists of Justice!
Mike Brown (UFC Fighter And Former WEC Champ)
Rafael Rebello is a complete mixed arts instructor. High level bjj and high level striking. He is truly a world class mixed martial arts fighter. A great coach for someone who is interested in becoming a better fighter or for anyone looking to have fun and learn the techniques of bjj. Rafael Rebello.
Great coach and great person, one of the best BJJ coaches from ATT,
sincerely Mike Brown
Rian & Josiah Gittman
To Master Rafael & Whom It May Concern,
Me and my son have been training under you for over 6 years, you helped me tie my white belt when I put my kimono on for the very first time!
After all these years and the blood, sweat and tears that have been shed by both of us in your classes I have only to say to you that I can't wait for the next 10 years! You are a great teacher, a wonderful human being and I count you as family, someone I trust with my son when I'm not there and I would recommend your school with the highest of trust, respect and honor.
Thank you for being a part of our lives and allowing me to write a letter of recomendation on your behalf, it is an honor.
May God Bless you and His strength be with you
Rian & Josiah Gittman
Nicolae Cury (Bjj & Judo Black Belt/ Att Main Academy Instructor)
Rafael Rebello is not only an expert at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but also an incredible instructor. Many people are competent at one or the other, but Rafael excels at them both. He complements his skills with a solid character. In fact, when it comes time, I hope that Rafael will teach my son and I am an instructor myself... Osu.