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Scott
Last Name: Tannenbaum
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City: Phoenix
State: Arizona
Country: USA
School: TNT Mixed Martial Arts Training Center
www.tntbjj.com
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1. Submitted by Trent Glosson on Monday January 2, 2012 1:27 AM
Coach is an excellent instructor. With a focus on proper technique, combined with an atmosphere conducive to learning, I could not ask for more. Seek out TNT if you are anywhere near the Phoenix area.


2. Submitted by Brenna Orozco on Monday January 2, 2012 5:41 PM
Scott introduced me to his studio. I'm hooked. Best teacher ever!


3. Submitted by Soney Louvon on Monday January 2, 2012 9:48 PM
Coach was incredibly welcoming with all of the programs he offers from Cardio kick, Muay Thai and of course BJJ & MMA. Since initially starting in his Muay Thai class, Coach let me naturally fall into my eventual interest in BJJ, not pushing a bit. Once beginning BJJ, coach maintained an environment both on and off the mats that promoted a true respect and comrodary among all of the students, competitors and fighters alike. All enjoyed alive and intense trainings in the BJJ classes. Higher students were more than accomodating to the less experienced like me. Like Coach, they pointed out the minute details to each individual movement. The how's and why's were explained clearly and consistency. It was like hearing Coach in different voices during each roll session, no doubt a clear indicator of his knowledge and ability to teach it so precisely each time to every student and instructor. BJJ gyms seem to be coming into the mainstream, but seldom I'll bet offer both the expert training and family atmosphere instilled by Coach Scott.


4. Submitted by Jambo on Monday January 2, 2012 11:48 PM
My family and I have been training under Scott Tannenbaum for about the last year. I have been trained by several gyms in town and this is by far the most elite training and family oriented facility in Arizona. The students at TNT are top notch fighters in superb condition. There is a strong unity among the fighters and these are just a few thing that are all the result of Master Tannenbaum's years of hard work. I can speak for me and my family when I say that TNT has changed our lives forever.


5. Submitted by Ron Austerlade on Tuesday January 3, 2012 1:04 PM
Coach Scott is the best instructor my family has ever encountered - and we have worked with several. We all participate in his classes (including my wife and two kids) and have learned and grown together under his strong leadership. His studio is first rate and welcoming to students of all levels. We highly recommend TNT MMA to all of our family and friends!!!


6. Submitted by Omar on Friday January 6, 2012 10:48 PM
Coach Scott delivers the best, most technical Jiu Jitsu training around. Since arriving at the TNT Mixed Martial Arts Training Center a few years ago, after training at several other schools, my Jiu Jitsu game has skyrocketed. His teaching approach in showing the smallest details, makes all the difference in how precise our Jiu Jitsu techniques are, and it shows when we dominate the competition at tournaments all around the country. His reputation and Jiu Jitsu lineage has allowed his academy to become the largest and best around. You will not find a better Jiu Jitsu Coach, mentor and friend. We train hard, learn the best techniques, all in a fun atmosphere where the word "ego" doesn't fit in. Everyone helps one another with techniques. The advanced students and especially Coach Scott, are easily approachable to answer questions and to physically help with techniques. I will never train anywhere else. My dedication to Coach Scott, and the team is a statement to the kind of coach he is, how strong his Jiu Jitsu training is and how everyone is like family at his academy.


7. Submitted by Stock on Wednesday January 18, 2012 3:51 PM
TNT kicks all kinds of butt! He's trained with pretty much everyone so you don't have to. If you go to this gym and don't love it then you're probably some kind of weirdo!


8. Submitted by Ben S on Wednesday January 25, 2012 12:00 PM
Coach Scott is an amazing instructor who takes his students growth personally. He takes the time to teach each student and develop them as martial artists, instead of just running them through the motions. The attitude amongst his students is very laid back and respectful creating a warm "family" of students. It's unlike anything I have seen or even heard of from a school the size and reputation of TnT. I could go on all day about how much I would recommend Coach Scott and the quality of the school he runs.


9. Submitted by DG on Thursday January 26, 2012 6:01 AM
If you are serious about BJJ in the Phx area. You won't find a better gym. l rolled at a gym in SoCal and the instructor was goofing on his smartphone during class. NOT at TNT. Scott and the higher level belts correct technique without texting or whatever-the-hell. Also, be warned. Our blue belts can hang with purples. Purples with browns. etc. In other words, Scott makes sure you're really there before he promotes. You've gotta see coach Scott roll. At 20% he's a beast. Search "The Dojo" on Amazon on-demand, if you want a peek inside TNT. TNT will always be my home gym. TNT Muay Thai instruction is good too. Go see coach Will.


10. Submitted by Ernie on Sunday January 29, 2012 5:49 PM
The best instructor I have ever trained with. I have been to other schools and the quality of the technique is far above anyone else. I was able to completely hold my own and submit the higher belts. Coach Scott does not withhold techniques from his students. Any question you have he will answer and help find a style that works for you. By far the best coach I have ever had.


11. Submitted by Elizabeth on Monday January 30, 2012 8:43 PM
My daughter and husband attend TNT and love it! The atmosphere there is welcoming and family-oriented. Coach Scott is dedicated to providing an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and advancing in martial arts. His coaches and staff are top notch. By far the best place to train whether you are looking to compete, get fit or brush up on self defense techniques.


12. Submitted by Lee on Saturday February 4, 2012 8:51 AM
Coach Scott takes pride in everything about his school, from the constant evolution and meticulous details of techniques to the vibe and comraderie on and off the mats. If you want to know basic self defense and get in shape or become tournament/fight ready, Coach Scott is there personally to help you reach your goals. The environment that Coach Scott has developed also means everyone else is on board to helping you reach your goals. Everyone gets better by helping everyone around them get better. Not only does Coach Scott's technique make TNT MMA Training Center so great, his attitude and example makes it feel like home.


13. Submitted by A-Rod on Thursday March 29, 2012 3:32 AM
Had the pleasure of training with Professor Tannenbaum when he came to teach at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket. He showed some new things that I'd never seen before and everything was very applicable. Also a beast on the ground...like getting run over by a Mack truck.


14. Submitted by Clint on Friday March 30, 2012 4:50 PM
Scott's one of the nicest, most down to earth guys you'll ever meet. He's super patient and the best instructor I've ever met. The amount of skill and knowledge he has in Jiu Jitsu is insane, I miss training at that place like crazy! The environment is extremely friendly, and nothing but super nice people training there with awesome attitudes and truly love BJJ...


15. Submitted by Teddy on Monday April 9, 2012 1:28 AM
Professor Scott has been training in BJJ/MMA for many years. His school and teachings have evolved along side the fastest growing sport in the world. Proof of this is apparent in the increasing membership in the struggling economy. If you are a fighter and looking to compete on a regional or national level, then TNT is for you; if you put on a suit and tie everyday and want to train on an elite level, TNT is for you; if you have trained at another school, come see what you are missing and what everyone is talkng about.


16. Submitted by Bao Quach on Thursday June 21, 2012 3:21 AM
Scott was one of my first instructors ever. He taught me most of my Jiujitsu when i trained at Fabiano Iha's. I learned more from him than ANY of the instructors there. I am a brazilian JIujitsu Blackbelt and a pro fighter. Scott had alot to do with my upbringing in all the aspects of mma.


17. Submitted by Justin M on Sunday July 1, 2012 4:24 AM
I have finally found my hime for Jiu-Jitsu at TNT. I can tell you in my 3 years training in BJJ I have only wrestled with a handful of brown belts and a couple black belts that didn't even come close to coach Scott on the mat or in teaching. Never would train anywhere else.


18. Submitted by Chris Conder on Monday July 9, 2012 5:07 PM
Recently moved out to Arizona and checked out a few gyms in the area. When I came to TNT the atmosphere was completly different and Coach Scott was very humble and curtious. I wouldn't train anywhere else in Arizona.


19. Submitted by chris shoffner on Wednesday July 11, 2012 11:16 PM
Coach Scott is a great Martial Artist, all who train with him will see the path and become true to the way of jiu jitsu. His instruction is second to none.


20. Submitted by Marcus on Friday July 13, 2012 4:04 AM
Stopped by to train at TNT when I'm in town for work. Very hospitable instructors and students. Coach Scott is the best JuiJitsu guys I've wrestled and I've trained with quite a few over the years. Very nice and down to earth. Recommend it to all.


21. Submitted by Isaac on Sunday July 22, 2012 4:50 PM
Coach Scott has an amazing teaching style that was influenced by the best BJJ instructors in the world. BJJ is a relatively young art in the US, and there are very few legitimate instructors with many illegitimate schools popping up everyday. Don't waste your time with schools that don't post their black belts lineage, you will just be wasting money and time. There is no place like TNT MMA Training Center for the best training possible, it has done wonders for me and my family, we are all better for it and in the best shape of our lives. I highly recommend it!


22. Submitted by Chris on Sunday July 22, 2012 5:13 PM
I have known Scott for 20 years and as a martial arts instructor myself I can honestly say it would be hard to find a better coach in the BJJ realm!


23. Submitted by Jason Berchtold on Sunday July 22, 2012 5:17 PM
I started July of 2011 and one year later I am in the best shape of my life and I am learning something new everyday I train. The intruction is amazing the deatil that is taught is the key to always getting the sub instead of letting something slip away. I only wish that I had started 10 years earlier but I can assure you this is something that I will do for the rest of my life. We have some of the toughest guys and girls here at TNT but you would never guess buy how freindly the atmosphere is NO EGOS!! Thank you coach Scott


24. Submitted by Adam on Sunday July 22, 2012 6:39 PM
Coach Scott is so patient and full of amazing knowledge. I have very low self esteem and feel awkward at times because I have high functioning autism. Coach makes me feel very welcome and really takes the time to get to know everyone. I tell everyone I know about TNT and Coach Scott about how amazing it is there. I recommend TNT and Coach Scott to anyone!


25. Submitted by Brian VanNort on Sunday July 22, 2012 7:07 PM
I don't think instructor is the correct word to use for Coach Scott. Anyone can "instruct" but to teach is something that is special. Coach Scott definitely teaches his class. He emphasizes proper technique, but also the potential consequences of improper technique, When you understand not only the how but the why of what you are being taught it really fulfills your goals as a student. Coach Scott is one the greatest teachers you can find!


26. Submitted by Zo "no" Fears on Sunday July 22, 2012 7:37 PM
This is the best instructor that I have had for anything I started about two years ago and every time I go in I continuously learn something new and something better. I recommend his school to anybody starting or wanting to continue a career in next martial arts. This place has an amazing helpful environment as well. I would like to thank coach Scott for all the work he has done and the time he has spent teaching all of his students.


27. Submitted by Levi Davis on Sunday July 22, 2012 7:53 PM
Coach Scott is an extremely motivating coach. He shows passion and attention to his methods, along with an understanding of training on any and every level. He trains everybody and pushes them (In a positive way) like they're already Black Belts when they're not; therefore when a black belt is achieved and attained it is truly earned!


28. Submitted by Doug on Sunday July 22, 2012 9:56 PM
I have trained at many different schools but Coach Scott Tannenbaum has created an environment where you not only learn world-class BJJ you become part of a community of friends where you will be challenged and encouraged to exceed your goals. Professor Tannenbaum’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu contains all the traditional elements but is always evolving to include new techniques that have led the school to multiple achievements in local and national competitions. Coach Scott is an amazing coach and I highly recommend anyone interested in learning a unique, effective version of the gentle art, increasing fitness and realizing your full potential come to TNT MMA.


29. Submitted by Mike Stoller on Sunday July 22, 2012 10:14 PM
Coach Scott Is incredible. If you have any complications or questions Coach Scott will break everything down so you find what you're looking for . I extremely look up to Coach Scott and hope to be as talented as him . Coach Scott takes BJJ/MMA to another level . TNT MMA Taining Center is like a family to me . A place I can lose and find myself . Im constantly thinking about training, I look forward to training each and everyday , and stepping on the mat again .


30. Submitted by JH on Monday July 23, 2012 1:06 AM
Coach Scott and the entire training staff are amazing! As a mother of two boys who have trained at TNT now for over a year as well as their father, I couldn't pick a better Coach for my family.. Coach Scott's knowledge and the heartfelt caring he shows to all his students is evident in all he does...Coach Scott and all the instructors at TNT have done amazing things for my family and given my boys more confidence and discipline, in turn, they use these skills in many parts of their daily lives..


31. Submitted by Jennie on Monday July 23, 2012 2:00 AM
Our family found TNT MMA a little over a year ago and we are so happy we did. Our boys have been training with Coach Scott in the Kid Jitsu class and we have seen a huge improvement in their confidence and athletic ability. Coach Scott is so patient and always willing to help his students improve their technique. His dedication to the sport and his students shows!


32. Submitted by alex serdyukov on Monday July 23, 2012 4:21 PM
Scott is great great coach and mentor. I've known him for over 12 years now. He has great technique and very good teacher!


33. Submitted by Rich Kulakowski on Monday July 23, 2012 4:28 PM
PROPS to SCOTT! I was lifting weights when a friend reccomended that I try "this Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" thing on some mats in his friend's garage. I thought I was pretty tough and gave it a try. Scott had me roll with a guy that was 30 lbs lighter than me and I was tapping like a litlle child. Completely humbled, I knew that I just had to learn more about this amazing sport. Coach Scott was patient and thorough and made learning easy. Scott teaches not just the skill-sets. He teaches the philosophies of humility, virtue and honor. We never had meat heads that just wanted to become better "bruisers" in our classes. Scott made sure that those personalities were unwelcomed. It was always a safe environment for anyone, no matter what level you were. I would strongly recommend TNTBJJ.com and Scott to all interested in becoming more. He's a true class act.


34. Submitted by Klike Mingenger on Monday July 23, 2012 7:12 PM
TNT is the best training facility in Arizona. The instructors are really cool. Plus the gym is so clean you could eat off the mats . . . and I'm not kidding. I've done it. Once I came in there during open mat and actually ate a roast beef hoagie right off the floor! Never even got sick and it tasted delicious.


35. Submitted by Dustin on Monday July 23, 2012 7:47 PM
scott is a very nice guy he is very easy to learn from and if you mess up he corrects you in the nicest way possible i extremly recomend scott


36. Submitted by SJ on Monday July 23, 2012 9:13 PM
If you want to feel like you belong to something, have a purpose and feel like you are part of a family, TNT is the place for all of that. Coach Scott is a good person, mentor, instructor and friend who wants to see his students improve. The TNT family is strong, we care about eachother and will back Scott up no matter what. And who cares if it's gi or no gi, each person has their own preference and Scott's is no-gi. And I highly doubt RIGAN MACHADO would allow Scott to use his lineage, and support him, if he didn't believe in no-gi. He came to TNT and did a no-gi seminar for Scott and all his students!! About other training centers (I don't degrade them by calling them gyms, that's for LA Fitness) enjoying working together? What gyms have you been to, because I know atleast one person at almost every MMA/BJJ school here in AZ and that's not true. Every training center has a "competitive air" about them and if they didn't, they're out of business! You would practically be handing you're money to the others training centers if you acted that way about you're own business. About Scott and his belt system, yes it does take some time, and hard work, to move up in the belt rankings. But he does this for a reason, he's not just going to hand you a belt, no matter who you are. That's what a lot of these schools do, they have Brown Belts who are actually at Blue Belt level. All that does is make your school look weak and could potential get someone hurt. Scott doesn't believe in just handing out belts, you put in the work, you test and do EVERYTHING correctly. There are way too many self proclaimed Black Belts out there who can't teach to save their life. Sure, there's a handful of guys at TNT that could possibly be at higher ranking levels right now but they're not. Scott wants to make sure that they know everything they can possibly know before promoting them. No matter how many times you've competed, come to class, watched UFC or just hungout with Scott, if you don't know everything on that list, you don't get the belt! All this was was a bashing session for someone who probably couldn't cut it at TNT, so decided to move on to another gym to where he could be promoted to a brown belt within a year. No offense to you, or anyone, learning gi, I don't have anything against it. But TNT doesn't do gi and I'm almost 100% sure you knew that when you signed up there, so why b*tch about it now??


37. Submitted by MJ on Monday July 23, 2012 11:08 PM
Mitsuyo Maeda Carlos Gracie Sr. Carlos Gracie Jr. Rigan Machado Scott Tannenbaum I looked it up - it's legit..... Lineage makes a difference.


38. Submitted by Dan Webb on Tuesday July 24, 2012 10:59 AM
My initial purpose in logging onto this post was to leave an outstanding review for Coach Scott, but I simply cannot ignore the posts made by “TD” in comments identified as #34 & #38. The first concern, which should be a red flag to any educated reader, would be the absence of a real, verifiable name instead of simply using the alias or nickname moniker of “TD.” Secondly, when or if, you signed up for TNT MMA, they are very upfront about their no-gi practice. If this was a legitimate issue for you, then why would you continue to take classes there? A plausible explanation is that you would not if that was your root issue. Your multiple rants appear to be nothing more than the fruits of a “fishing expedition” performed by a person who had their ego bruised when they were probably on the lesser end of a difference of opinion. Coach Scott does NOT issue belts lightly and the fact that you raised the question of not progressing fast enough would suggest that you felt you were at a higher skill level that your previous coach felt you were at. Perception is reality, but without knowing who you are would leave the door closed to fully analyzing your situation further in that aspect. In furtherance of the no-gi issue, I am of the opinion that it is perfectly logical to train without a gi because assailants on the street do not wear a gi, and since I do not plan on competing in competitions; the gi concern is a non-issue. Lets also keep in mind this sport became famous largely in part to the popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. With that said, TNT MMA, (please note the MMA, which stands for mixed martial arts) prepares their students to embark on any level of success, to include pursuing a career as a professional combat fighter. The last time I checked, the use of a gi was prohibited in professional MMA competition. This art form is ever-evolving and if your clothing attire is pertinent to your success, then I find it reasonable to infer you are seeking validation in the wrong manner. In reference to your negative perspective on the NAGA tournament, it is common knowledge that there are countless rules set forth by the NAGA administers. By coincidence, there are several rules set forth by Coach Scott at TNT MMA that all students must abide by and with that correlation being made; a reasonable person could infer that you likely are not a fan of that level of structure. With that said, your stance on that issue seems irrelevant and baseless. This may be a prime opportunity to conduct a self evaluation in order to ascertain if you are basing your opinions on fair, unbiased logic that would purport a fair assessment of Coach Scott. Your response to that may be “yes,” but deep down I feel that response would be nothing more than a gesture to save face… In conclusion, your evaluation of Coach Scott appears to be nothing more than a biased opinion of a former student who is spewing venom based on sour grapes. Without the use of your real, verifiable name, I feel your posts should be viewed as unsubstantiated hearsay that bears no weight on the reputation of Coach Scott. It is obvious that you have some level of education because you were careful to not use your real name, danced on the line of verifiable slanderous statements that would defame the reputation of Coach Scott and you likely knew that type of egregious behavior could be the subject of a civil tort suit (lawsuit). It is my hope that you move forward with your life in a healthy and productive manner that is absent the need to attack the reputation of others for a scorn ego. In an act of moving forward, I would like to stand by Coach Scott, as he is a highly skilled instructor who encourages his students to pursue the highest level of excellence possible. Coach Scott is a highly decorated instructor who has the lineage, experience and fortitude to breed high level practitioners of BJJ. Coach Scott has my vote and any difference of opinion that is not based on sound logic, verifiable facts or an unbiased evaluation should be viewed as moot…


39. Submitted by Josh Stockman (gmanjosh@q.com) on Tuesday July 24, 2012 2:51 PM
Holy crap! I can't believe I'm getting pulled into this. It's kind of like watching an old Geraldo episode. This episode, however, is one wherein I can actually talk to the kooked-out guests, so here goes (by the numbers): 1. Guys with balls leave their names. Guys with big balls leave their email addresses! Guys who are not saying anything false don't worry about libel torts. 2. I know who you anonymous TNT nerds think TD is and I'm 99% sure you're dead wrong. The guy you're thinking of certainly had a falling out with Coach Scott. Scott sort of helped him through some tough times but the stress of it all got too heavy for them both. They disagreed on some stuff and he ended up going to another gym (it happens). Think of that guy what you will, but no way in hell would he anonymously post on the web like a chick. He might post it. Hell, he might even spray paint it on the side of the school . . . but then he'd sign his name (and probably leave his address in case you wanted to talk about it!). Chances are higher that TD is someone else who came and left and subsequently heard something from the guy you're thinking of. Maintain your opinions, but I knew the dude fairly well. As for TD's "facts" though: They're ill-conceived and tend to form a logic circle. At his request, I'll address them below. 3. Gi players and no-gi players will never agree on which is better/more fun/most traditional/etc. I personally think we're playing a game that was started by cavemen, formalized by the Greeks and/or Romans, standardized by the Japanese, altered by the Brazilians, and perfected by Americans. With that in mind, the idea of tradition is pretty much out the window (it's a mutt . . . just like us!). As far as IBJJF goes, you can be a school member and not compete in IBJJF gi tournaments (check their by-laws). Also, if IBJJF is all gi, what's with the World Jiu Jitsu NO GI Championship that they promote? And why do they list no-gi uniform requirements on their web site? The truth is, regardless of what you're wearing, it's jiu jitsu. Was Ben Urquidez not kickboxing when he wore long pants instead of shorts? Is Michael Jordan not playing basketball when he shoots hoops in a business suit? Was Mike Tyson not boxing when he punched the dude out at the club with no gloves on? Also, saying you're IBJJF and not wearing a gi is nothing like being a dentist and saying you're a heart surgeon. Your analogy is a wreck. If anything it's like YOU THINKING your dentist is going to wear a lab coat and then he comes in with a T shirt on. Who really cares? He's still a dentist. BTW: No offense intended, but if after getting your free class AND seeing the web site AND talking to Scott, you honestly expected to come to TNT and train primarily in a gi . . . you are out of it. Here's a real analogy: That's like going to McDonald's and ordering a taco! On the gi topic, I will concede one point: If you NEVER train with some type of shirt or jacket on, you won't have practice with those types of grips. This is why TNT does have one gi session a week. This session, by the way, is conducted by a Rickson Gracie brown belt who also has a black belt in judo and has been training in martial arts for about 45 years. You must not have stayed very long if you missed it. Bummer for you 'cause the guy's real knowledgeable and pretty hilarious. He looks like a super-old version of Brian Bosworth. 4. As for the NAFBJJ, I'm going to release the bagged cat and announce that Scott started the NAFBJJ (kind of like he's already stated on his web site). Every organization starts somewhere. Henry Okazaki started the AJJF, Ed Parker started the IKKA, and so on. The rules come from the organization's founder and head instructor, . . . wait for it . . . Scott Tannenbaum. They're based on what he thinks is important at his school for his students (after more than 25 years of training in various martial arts). As for the belt system, it's pretty similar to other BJJ programs, just minus the gi. It may or may not be "legit" but the proof is in the pudding and his guys do pretty well at competitions. 5. Another concession here: Scott IS no Eddie Bravo . . . he's substantially better. He's a traditional martial artist who waded through the crap for years, discovered BJJ, and put together a training system for like-minded athletes. Eddie's cool (and could likely whip me), but his major claim to fame is beating Royler at the ADCC. Admirable feat, but I think 20 full-contact fights, before there were rules, is even more impressive. That, incidentally, is Scott's real fight record. He competed before ZUFFA purchased the UFC and before the various state athletic commissions imposed rules (his 0-1 Sherdog record was his last fight, and probably the only sanctioned one, which he did lose). These events allowed stuff like kneeing a downed guy in the face and stomp kicking the head (and, frequently, gloves were optional). I know this because I've talked to old-schoolers who trained with him and I've seen the videos. Pretty crazy if you ask me. I remember seeing the early UFC stuff and thinking, "No way am I doing that until they come up with some rules and weight classes!" 6. As far as TNT not really getting along with other gyms, I guess I just haven't seen that. I've been there for five years and I've established good relationships with gyms from Vegas to Tucson to Georgia to Oregon to Hawaii and more. Each time I take a TNT shirt and invite the other players to Phoenix. I've also seen Scott shaking hands with coaches from The Lab, Undisputed, JP Jiu Jitsu, and Strongheart. If those guys don't like him, they sure hide it well. One thing is certain though, TNT students aren't allowed to also have memberships or consistent training schedules at other local gyms. This is a very old-school training tradition and has to with loyalty and curriculum consistency. It's important to make sure beginners don't get conflicting training messages and it also breeds school unity. There's also a competitive business component here . . . how often do you see ASU players practicing with the Wildcats? People may not like it, but that's how martial arts schools have been for a long time. I wonder what Gogen Yamaguchi would have done if he found out one of his students was training at another Goju-Ryu school in 1950. 7. Regarding promotions at TNT: We train physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally. You have to have all four to get your belts. Just 'cause a guy can beat other blue belts doesn't make him one. We've had former NFL players and strong man competitors who came in and tore through our purple belts. That doesn't mean they get promoted. You have to know the material (intellect), perform it (physical), do it well with others (social), and control yourself at all times (emotional). It doesn't matter how nice you are if you can't actually roll. It doesn't matter how well you roll if you don't know the mechanics of the techniques you're doing. It doesn't matter how well you know the material and perform it if you beat the hell out of your smaller training partners. It doesn't matter how "good" you are if you get frustrated and cry in class about things you can't control. Gichin Funakoshi said it best: "You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet [and beat up the other blue belts], learning karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do [or BJJ or judo or whatever]." Brackets are my additions here, but I hope you get the point. Your training has to become about more than just who subs whom. Otherwise, you'll either eventually beat everybody or find someone you can't beat. Either way, your journey will be over and you'll never survive the long haul. 8. Oh I almost forgot: I guess we can agree on one other thing - the coolness of the TNT brown belt competitor. For the record, he's also a great dancer and a purveyor of hand-crafted ales! I hope that addresses all the "facts." If not, send me a message. I'll be here! OH YEAH - Last but not least: I guess I should post something nice about my instructor here to get my free T shirt! I'm a nearly-40-year-old guy who's been involved in martial arts since he was 10. I've trained in many different systems with lots of instructors and competed under nearly every set of rules there is. Unlike a lot of students who are new to martial arts, I am not enamored with Scott. I met Scott after being really unimpressed with other instructors' BJJ. We rolled and he methodically, but cautiously, submitted me about 15 times in three minutes. I knew then and there that I had to learn what he knew. Since then, I've become even more certain that his jiu jitsu is absolutely top-shelf and that he's a quality person. He is, however, a person. He's not an infallible martial arts deity above the other things that make us all human. We're good friends and he's my one and only BJJ instructor but I don't call the guy "master" and you couldn't pay me to tattoo his nickname on my body! This is where a lot of newer students become disillusioned. They join a martial arts school thinking that the instructor is some sort of super human. Eventually they find out that he/she is just a regular person (capable of impatience, anger, and jealousy like the rest of us). My advice to anyone who wants to train is not to do gi or no gi. It's not to do judo instead of karate. It's got nothing to do with the specific training. It's just to keep your expectations reasonable. You go to a school to learn what they teach, not to become best friends with the seemingly perfect teacher (who may eventually do something that's less than perfect). - JS P.S. - I saw MK eat that hoagie. It was gross!


40. Submitted by Doug Burch on Tuesday July 24, 2012 3:53 PM
Wow! I don’t know who TD is and really it’s irrelevant. I also won’t address all those comments in no small part because it could not be addressed any better than “G-Man” already did. I will say I am in a unique position as a Referee and Judge for the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission to comment. As such I know and work with instructors from all the major combat gyms in the state as well as nationally. Scott and TNT are familiar to all of them and I know they all have very professional, cooperative and cordial relationship. That doesn’t mean there aren’t healthy rivalries but I have never seen anything but mutual respect and appreciation going both ways. I am also in a unique position to comment on Gi vs No-Gi debate. Jiu-Jitsu while in a Gi is clearly best when training for sport Jiu-Jitsu in a Gi. It has been my experience that Gi competitors all need to make a transition to no-Gi if they plan to compete in no-gi Jiu-Jitsu or into Mixed Martial Arts. Clearly, among other elements, the “handles” are completely different. It’s really apples and oranges. The one other thing I would say, and I think it’s quite telling… I doubt ANY TNT student, despite how they feel, would EVER insult another school or instructor publicly. I defy you to find a disparaging comment from anyone of us on any other instructors’ string. It would dishonor our school and yes… Professor Maser Scott Tannenbaum… he has easily earned that title. Peace!


41. Submitted by Doug Burch on Tuesday July 24, 2012 4:30 PM
Sorry but one other thing when... Rigan Machado, 8th degree BJJ Red/Black belt RIGAN MACHADO, came to TNT he taught with out a gi. He opened the sessions with high praise for one of his “all time best students” and had high praise for the TNT students’ ability. Any attack on Scott’s pedigree is nothing short of absurd. One other thing I would offer… If you’re interested in learning a unique, effective form of Jiu-Jitsu TNT is the place. If on the other hand you are overly impressed or obsessed with belts instead of learning we rather not roll with you anyway. OK, I'm done. Peace!


42. Submitted by adrian on Tuesday July 24, 2012 7:55 PM
Joined TNT 3 years ago. 40lbs overweight and an athlete by no means. I tried only one school before TNT, and by chance the instructor and facility didn't suit me and/or me them. I walked into this small gym full of students influenced and trained by coach Scott. The students technically, not with brute force or because I was out of shape, submitted me over and over. Scott pulled me aside and told me that if I put my mind to this art I could to, in a short time, move and think like a martial artist. 5 months later blue belt. 2 years later purple. I am constantly amazed by the depth and insight of this instructor. The art, coach Scott, his students that he influences have change mine and my families life. I can only wish that the same for many others, so come in and test yourself and us!


43. Submitted by Melissa Q on Wednesday July 25, 2012 3:08 AM
Lez be honest for a second here. TNT is one of the best places I have ever been to. Even when I'm not there for class, I still go, just to watch. Sounds weird, yeah, but I do it. Coach Scott is awesome, just plain awesome, he eats, breaths and sleeps awesome. I don't know how that's physically possible, but coach just does. Seriously though, I'm glad I got to meet him. The classes are great. We're always doing something. One day we're doing the basics then the next its something completely different but still has the same principles you learned from the basics. It's like whoa! That blows my mind! All you gotta do is put your best effort and never give up no matter how much your eyes sweat.


44. Submitted by Liesl v on Wednesday July 25, 2012 5:08 PM
My husband has been training at TNT for several years now, and I have attended the cardio kick classes. We have always been impressed with the training and instructors' skills at TNT. Each instructor makes it a point to motivate each student and provide instruction in a way that is relevant to the individual's skill or fitness level. I have attended classes elsewhere that have been intimidating, and honestly, not welcoming. The TNT coaches, as well as students, have always made me feel welcome at TNT. So much so, that when my 10 year old daughter decided she wanted to train, I took her. She trains 3 days a week at TNT, and I have seen so many positive changes in her overall attitude. It has boosted her confidence, helped her with setting and reaching goals, and pushed her to want to try harder in jiu jitsu and other areas of her life. Too often today, kids are just given awards for showing up. I believe in working hard to earn something, and that's what you have to do at TNT. If my daughter never earns her next belt level, I will still be 100% on-board with her training at TNT because of what she has gained in confidence, discipline, and maturity through her training. I see relevant arguments on both sides of the gi/no gi fence, and honestly don't care either way. If we took nothing more away from this school than my daughter being able to successfully defend herself and others from a male bully in a nearby park, it was worth the price of admission. Thanks, TNT for operating with integrity, truly caring about each students' success, but most importantly in keeping the focus on the journey.


45. Submitted by Elizabeth Schwartz (elizabeth@tntbjj.com) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 8:16 PM
This place is awesome! (Feedback from an admitted MMA illiterate) It’s no secret that when I took the position as Academy Manger at TNT Mixed Martial Arts my contribution to the team had nothing to do with martial arts knowledge. Truth be told, the only training in martial arts I have ever taken was a single 1 hour session of American Combato (I know, it makes Coach Scott quiver with fear too). What drew me into my current role was not so much what we teach, but the environment in which we teach. In my eleven years of marketing awesome companies, I have never come across one that has had more loyalty and camaraderie than that found at TNT. This energetic following permeates from ecstatic students and parents as well as the amazing staff, all of which started as volunteers and many remain that way today. I have to admit, I was very curious as to the cause of the seemingly addictive following. Outsiders may think that it is a façade to draw in sales. However, I am here to tell you that what you see is authentic and the result of a team of people who are passionate about their students and it all starts with Scott. Scott is an incredible teacher who brings out the best in his students and his instructors. My husband, my daughter and I all partake in the class offerings. It is by far the best opportunity for fitness & personal growth that we have ever been given.


46. Submitted by Kari Andonov on Thursday July 26, 2012 9:07 PM
We stumbled on TNT a little over two years ago because it was close to our house. However, THANK goodness! Coach Scott and all the TNT coaches have be amazing with my son. Coach Scott has created a safe family friendly enviroment to learn BJJ. The gym is the perfect outlet for fitness, fun, and diversity. Coach Scott and the assistant coaches have helped my son achive, learn, and grown in the sport and as a person!


47. Submitted by Tim OMalley on Friday August 3, 2012 1:35 PM
I wasn't expecting to see a back and forth discussion on the merits of Coach Scott, and I will abstain from commenting- I'll just give you my opinion. I began training BJJ at Club Sar in Scottsdale, which, by the admission of most people who train there, is an introductory level of training. It is mostly a boxing gym, but that's beside the point. I spent over a year there until the instructor felt I had peaked, and recommended I go to TNT. Without this frame of reference, I would not have known the drastic difference between the two gyms. The guys at Club SAR are friends and good guys, but the instruction at TNT was spectacular. A solid group of guys that try to help each other get better everyday, a very positive environment, and a teacher that wants to see you get better. One thing that I admire about Coach is that he is not one to promote any student to a higher belt without them demonstrating a thorough understanding of the criteria to be promoted. Getting any belt promotion at TNT is difficult, and any student that gets promoted should take pride in it. There are no shortcuts, and everything at this gym is earned. I had a great experience when I was there, and I do miss it. tmo


48. Submitted by Favian C on Monday August 6, 2012 5:21 PM
Used to train at TNT until I had to move south for work. Not only was Coach Scott an excellent instructor but he put a lot of focus into mentoring his senior students so they would be good instructors and practicioners as well. I really miss everything about that place and have not found anything close yet and not without trying. I am now trying to get transferred back to Phoenix and TNT is a major reason for that but don't tell my wife that.


49. Submitted by Diego on Tuesday August 7, 2012 12:00 AM
Scott is the best BJJ instructor I have ever had. He is not only a great coach but a good friend (9 yrs old).


50. Submitted by Antonio on Tuesday August 7, 2012 12:06 AM
Coach Scott is a great instructor and works well with kids. I hope to get a black belt under him someday. (11 yrs)


51. Submitted by Esequiel on Tuesday August 7, 2012 12:55 AM
There is no doubt that TNT is one of the top schools in the Valley. Not convinced? Go check out other schools and take advantage of their "trial period". Save TNT for last and then make your decision. You will see first hand that Coach Scott is the real deal.


52. Submitted by vangie on Tuesday August 7, 2012 1:10 AM
TNT has been part of our lives for 6 years. Coach Scott is an amazing instructor always focussed on bettering the environment for all members. The classes are fun, yet challenging. His teaching style keeps the students engaged and his coaching allows for safe practice. Thanks Coach Soctt!


53. Submitted by Victoria on Tuesday August 7, 2012 1:14 AM
I love the cardio kickboxing classes. TNT offers something for everyone!


54. Submitted by Serious on Tuesday August 7, 2012 4:30 AM
Been training under Coach Scott for several years now and was a professional fighter for 4 years. I can tell you that he has taken my Jiu-Jitsu to a whole other evel and beyond. Trained with several other BJJ black belts and none compare to his technical knowledge nor his level of grappling.


55. Submitted by Taser bait on Tuesday August 7, 2012 11:59 AM
Ive been training at TNT for a little over 3 years and just earned my purple belt. Ive gone to several other gyms in the valley and across the country and no other gym has come close to coach Scotts instruction or knowledge of BJJ or MMA. He points out the little details of every technique that he teaches and takes his time explaining why he does it that way. Other gyms that i have been to lack attention to detail this does not happen at TNT. If u are looking to step up your BJJ game check out TNT.


56. Submitted by Kelsey Gollihar on Tuesday August 7, 2012 2:23 PM
I joined TNT just over two. I came in to do a trail and from then I was hooked. Coach Scott takes pride in everything about his school; he is always there helping his students to reach their personal goals. Coach Scott sees every student as an individual and helps them improve in their strengths and weaknesses. The environment that Coach Scott has created at TNT makes it feel like a home not just a gym. Everyone helps and pushes each other to improve and succeed.


57. Submitted by Melissa Crick on Tuesday August 7, 2012 4:01 PM
I have worked with Coach Scott for almost 4 years. From the very beginning and still today he takes so much pride in his students and the family that we have become. His instruction is excellent. So many other people have already commented on his attention to detail, and they are correct. Coach Scott assures that we understand the techniques and are able to use them correctly. My kids have trained at many other schools with a laundry list of instructors. His ability to work with them breaking down the curriculum into smaller pieces that they can use. I have been training in BJJ for several years as well. As a female, I appreciate that Coach Scott treats me as an athlete and not as a "girl". As a conditioning coach, working with Coach Scott has been a pleasure. He is always receptive to new ideas that will elevate the level of training in our facility. TNT is the place to be in Phoenix! Come check us out.


58. Submitted by Candice M on Tuesday August 7, 2012 4:10 PM
My children have been training at TNT now for about 3 months and I must say I am more than impressed by Coach Scott and his staff. They take such pride in working with the kids to bring out the best in them as individuals and as a team. I have seen great change in my kids self confidence, discipline and social skills since they began. Coach Scott has put together an incredible staff, team and beautiful facility to boot.


59. Submitted by Special Steph on Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:25 PM
I worked at TNT and loved it! I am so happy I am apart of a true BJJ family. Anyone who has gone to TNT knows that we're all just one big happy family! I can't even imagine being at/involved with any other place. Coach Scott knows what he's doing, has an EXCELLENT lineage and helps every student personally!


60. Submitted by Brian on Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:54 PM
Coach Scott is an excellent instructor. My son has been attending his school for the past two years and never wants to miss a class. Not only is Coach Scott An excellent instructor he would do any for you. My daughter was in a car accident not far from the school and I called him to see if he could see if she was okay and without any hesitation he drove to the accident and waited for family to arrive. Thanks again coach.


61. Submitted by Jacob on Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:08 PM
This guy is pretty much the cat's meow. Or the Dog's bark. However you want to look at it, Scott is no joke and is a force to be reckoned with. Best in AZ and most legit place to train.


62. Submitted by Brent on Wednesday August 8, 2012 3:15 AM
I spent over a year at TNT and I have leaned so much during that time. Scott is a great instructor who can teach to any learning style and is very patient with his students.


63. Submitted by TNT on Wednesday August 8, 2012 3:17 AM
Thanks to everyone that have shown so much support for myself and the Academy. Every month we continue to grow and get great people that walk in and become part of the family. I truly have the greatest job in the world surrounded by the best coaches and students a guy could ask to be surrounded by. Everyday I look forward to working with all of you with the hope Jiu-Jitsu brings you all the positive benefits it has brought me since the first day I tried it.


64. Submitted by Ricco Rodriguez on Wednesday August 8, 2012 3:26 AM
Trained with Scottyback in the day in Redondo at RCJ Machado. Great guy with a ton of heart and even back then a great technician. Happy to see his academy is going so well.


65. Submitted by Manimal on Wednesday August 8, 2012 12:17 PM
Ok, so about 4years ago I moved to Phoenix and started looking for a gym to train at. After trying out 3 or 4 spots I wondered into TNT. Scott walked up to me, shook my hand and said "good, a big guy" he then ( unlike any instructor I had ever trained with) offered to role with me. After a few rounds of being humbled Scott began to teach me what I was doing wrong and how I could up my game. Today I have a hand full of metals, a wall of swords and a few fights under my belt. Coach Scott took me from a big thug who wanted to fight every one to a big thug who wants to fight everyone that can chalange and teach me. I wake up in the morning craving the gym not only because I like the training but because everyone there has become my family and I like hanging out with them. So if you haven't figured it out from wht i have said and all the previous posts this place is IT. Hands down the place to be for all around kick ass training and conditioning. Hope to see you there


66. Submitted by Mike S. on Thursday August 9, 2012 5:56 PM
nice place with lots of room and super clean mats the coaches are friendly theres lots of class options


67. Submitted by Mako Mike on Thursday August 9, 2012 6:12 PM
Best place in the western USA for nogi BJJ. I've traveled to countless BJJ/MMA gyms and although several have been good this place is my favorite. I have 5 amateur and 7 pro MMA bouts and 3 belts.


68. Submitted by Mike Blasko on Thursday August 9, 2012 10:47 PM
I've been training with coach Scott for a short time and his coaching has been amazing. He trains us with very detailed instruction and he pushes us to become better.This is the most fun I've ever had training.


69. Submitted by Favian Curiel on Friday August 10, 2012 1:31 AM
Rolling with Coach Scott is a true experience. But once you roll with him you are hooked on jiu-jitsu because you want to be that good. Great gym, super great coach, highly recommend.


70. Submitted by Issamel on Friday August 10, 2012 6:45 AM
I started training at TNT a few years back, and I love every minute of it. Everyone at the gym is great and the instructors are extremely helpful. Coach Scott is running an amazing gym that I'm glad to be a part of.


71. Submitted by Morgan on Friday August 10, 2012 3:26 PM
Known Scott for about 4 years and trained with him ever since. He is patient and always taken the time to explain everything in detail. He is an absolute terror on the mat but a very humble guy and always a pleasure to be around.


72. Submitted by Ari Negev on Friday August 10, 2012 4:24 PM
קרב מגע היא חסרת תועלת נגד מערבולת כי הוא סקוט טננבאום. התחלתי שיעורים של סקוט כמעט 2 שנים, אני מודה על אימון האליטה שלו. הצלחתי להכניע חשודים רבים עם הכשרה זו. אני מאוד ממליץ על זה לכולם.


73. Submitted by Morgan Miller on Friday August 10, 2012 4:28 PM
BEST SCHOOL IN AZ HANDS DOWN!


74. Submitted by Jim Carrisi on Friday August 10, 2012 5:42 PM
Fantastic place for kids. The self defense is realistic but they still have lots of fun. I'm glad we found this place.


75. Submitted by Carl on Friday August 10, 2012 6:00 PM
TNT is a first-rate school with a first-rate staff. Everyone there is very cool and it's a great environment to learn and train in. Coach Scott is extremely knowledgable and relates the material/techniques in such a way that makes it work. Best school an Arizona!


76. Submitted by Adam on Saturday August 11, 2012 1:56 AM
Coach Scott is awesome! I brought my kids in there for the first time and he treated them like he's known them for years. My kids loved it, and they really liked the instruction and patients from Scott. Definitely, recommend TNT!!!!!


77. Submitted by Chris on Saturday August 11, 2012 10:43 AM
Scott is by far the best instructor I've ever had. The environment he created at TNT was like nothing I've ever been a part of. I learned more under Scott than I have under any other instructor. I miss being able to train with Scott and the all the time and hope to find a school and an instructor half as good as Scott and TNT someday.


78. Submitted by Greggy bobblehead on Friday August 17, 2012 8:30 PM
Josh Stockman (#46) covered it well in his dissertation. As Josh's girl Tina says, TNTMMA is "simply the best". BTW, all of Josh's kenpo was learned from me and I take credit for Scott's business acumen.


79. Submitted by michi on Tuesday August 21, 2012 3:55 AM
The instructors are great and the classes are great. Coach Scott is dedicated to teaching proper techniques and takes the time to make sure his students understand.


80. Submitted by Rob Valente on Wednesday August 29, 2012 3:11 AM
Coach Scott has a really good thing going at TNT. This is my 3rd BJJ schol I've trained at and the technical instruction is way beyond what I experienced at the other ones. Everyone here is tough but friendly. I plan to stay here long term.


81. Submitted by Alex Belongia on Saturday September 8, 2012 5:28 PM
I did not come to TNT with the colorful background, nor the abundant experience many of the other students came with. Before training at TNT I had but 2 years of experience in American Kenpo and numerous unregulated “brawls.” I though I was hot sh*t for beating up a 3rd degree Tae Kwon Do black belt in the park so I thought I’d waltz in to Scott’s school and show these Jiu Jitsu guys a thing or two. Not understanding the very basics of ground fighting, I was beaten by every student I challenged. I went home my first night humbled by the ease at which I was beaten and I was hungry to learn this new art. I came back every night to learn this fantastic new way of fighting that I hadn’t seen before. For 2 1/2 years coach Scott has not only taught me the art of no-gi Jiu Jitsu but he has become someone I truly admire and respect. Present throughout the class period and instructing each class personally, Scott is always available to help and is extremely knowledgeable when answering questions. He has given me every opportunity to advance in the sport while challenging me the entire way. I can see now that his method is meant to teach a wholesome understanding of every aspect fighting. In my time training under Scott Tannenbaum I have been given opportunities I would not have found elsewhere. He encourages his students to test his style of Jiu Jitsu against other schools, and encourage students and instructors from other schools to come and see what they’ve been missing. He does this not to cause animosity or start rivalries, but instead to help each individual flourish and enhance their skill. Scott gave me the chance to compete in a plethora of Jiu Jitsu and grappling tournaments, both at a local and national level as well as Pankration competition and multiple-opponent fighting. He trained me for each of my MMA bouts and gave me an experience of a lifetime that may very well turn into a career. During every competition, coach Scott is in my corner, giving me the utmost precise instruction. Each time he yells an instruction, I know he has my best interest at heart. And when I follow his instruction I win, when I try my own way I usually come up short. This has been true in every single match I have participated in. I am completely convinced Scott can read the minds of my opponents. All joking aside, he has such a deep comprehension of MMA and BJJ I would not want to learn from anyone else and risk my own safety in the cage. I tell everyone I know about his school and invite all fighters and couch potatoes alike, to come and experience it for themselves. His school consists of students ranging from “fresh off the street” to “battle hardened” and everything in between. What’s more, all of the students get along and treat each other like family. I have made lifelong friends at TNT, and found a home away from home. A place I can be myself, make friends, be healthy and have fun. All while improving myself and helping others. Scott Tannenbaum has created something great and provides everyone the opportunity to have it for themselves. P.S. I want to add another good quality about Scott and his gym. He provides the best instruction for MMA and BJJ but also has surrounded himself with an amazingly knowledgeable and capable staff prepared to meet the needs of students wishing to take their training to another level. With classes in Gi Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and kickboxing as well and fitness classes and hours of free mat time to hone whichever skill you prefer, with teachers cut from every cloth.


82. Submitted by Doug on Tuesday September 18, 2012 10:29 PM
Wow! Are we really doing this again? I have trained at other schools and had many other instructors and Scott is as good as any and better than most. People on this thread do of course want to support their school and instructor. In fact as I read other comments I don’t see anyone taking the time to insult another instructor, school and the students. Clearly whoever you are you have a chip of some kind. My advice to you is to find another way to deal with whatever your issues are and/or get over it. You really are embarrassing yourself. I do feel compelled BTW to mention if you think for even a millisecond that Desert Quest competition is in any way equal to the competition we face at NAGA you clearly haven’t competed. Finally if you feel you have found a better value good for you. If you don’t like the hours or prices you are free to go wherever and study whatever you wish. However please show some dignity and move along this is becoming tedious. Peace…


83. Submitted by Elizabeth on Tuesday September 18, 2012 11:38 PM
I apologize in advance to Scott and any student who may be upset or insulted by what I'm about to post. However, after months of sitting silent and hoping that this particular family would end their unreasonable tirade and attack on TNT...I'm done. Bobby and TD are not just former students, they are, more importantly, former friends (and I mean very close friends) of Scott and his family. By friends, I mean that Scott not only had a business relationship with them through TNT, but also was very close to them, supporting their family through some very dark times. This "drama" is not just a disgruntled rant of a former student...but a direct and personal attack from very emotionally charged people who want nothing more than to cause issues for Scott by any means possible. Simply put: they want to hurt him. With that disclaimer covered... Bobby - let's be honest, you didn't leave. You were asked to leave. The place you train now is partly owned by your husband, who purchased his way into a competing business as a vindictive plot and nothing more. I have record proof that the conversation we had a mere few days before that purchase, had both of you agreeing to something much differently than what you chose to do in the end. The students are rallying because they LOVE the services they receive. TNT has moved 3 times to expand to larger locations to serve a growing student roster. A roster that is growing because what is offered is working. The fact that you support a facility that is constantly publishing drug paraphernalia, half-naked women and the owner/head coach throwing things at people out of a window and shouting "lick my balls"...simply confirms that what you view as quality in an MMA gym is different than what we want to offer our students. Now, can we end this nonsense? And if not, are you okay with me approaching this situation in the same way that you and TD are?


84. Submitted by Doug Burch on Wednesday September 19, 2012 10:52 PM
OK, Everyone! Enough is enough. This is not the place to air out whatever this is. Obviously it is personal and this is clearly not the place to address this kind of thing. With respect to TNT it is clear that the overwhelming majority of the students love the school and respect and yes love the owner. It’s a free country and nobody is forced to attend or train anywhere they would prefer not to, if you’re happy somewhere else wonderful! My recommendation is to go to the thread for your favorite instructor and share your positive experience. To those of us who love TNT I would say that continuing to respond to these negative, juvenile, misguided comments only serves to feed their need to vent. That is neither our problem or within our ability to control or alleviate. Lets all go our separate ways and focus on the positive elements of BJJ and all the fine local and international instruction we are blessed to have available to us.


85. Submitted by Ryan on Friday September 21, 2012 2:05 AM
So I have trained at around 8 different gyms and TNT is by far the best. Honestly, I pass three other BJJ gyms on my way to TNT. I have trained with other good instructors and some of the worst on the planet. Mr. TD or whatever walked in as a infant and left as a white belt crying because he was not GIVEN a blue belt. WHAT ARE YOU 5? My last gym GAVE me a brown belt, I walked into TNT and started over as a white belt. You know why???? Because I got smashed by blue belts. This is school for those who want to learn from the real deal and if you cannot be real or true to yourself then you will end up crying on a forum about a blue belt. You tell those people you hang out with whatever you want but you and I have rolled many times and know whats going on.


86. Submitted by Melissa on Thursday August 8, 2013 3:17 AM
I miss coach Scott! He taught me so much, and to this day I continue to practice the techniques he taught me. I look forward to training with him when I go down to Arizona. Im glad I had the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and build a great foundation in nogi from such an amazing instructor.


87. Submitted by Leon Jimenez on Thursday August 8, 2013 1:56 PM
As an older student, coach Scott has been an incredible instructor. I highly recommend him to anyone from 5 to 70.


88. Submitted by Alex S on Thursday August 8, 2013 2:05 PM
Plain and simple- the place to train. Awesome coach, awesome facility, great teammates and very reasonable pricing.


89. Submitted by S. Davis on Thursday August 8, 2013 2:18 PM
Coach Scott is really down to earth has a huge heart and amazing skill!


90. Submitted by Nicholas Larosa on Thursday August 8, 2013 5:03 PM
Coach Scott is a excellent coach, he breaks down proper technique to the finest detail that could make or break the move. I've trained at 6 different schools and he shows the most technical but practical moves wether it's for sport,self defense, or mma. Any questions at all and he will explain the answer to you. TNT mixed martial arts is the place to train in Arizona if you want good technique, and friendly atmosphere.


91. Submitted by Michael Rivera on Thursday August 8, 2013 11:19 PM
I have been training with coach Scott for only two months. I most so it has been the best two months in my life. I have learn so much more then a technique. Coach Scott will help you build better technique, selfreliance, and self confedence.


92. Submitted by Mike K on Friday August 9, 2013 3:45 AM
I trained with Scott for 3 years at two different schools and it improved every aspect of my life including my health and confidence. Un fortunately I had to move to the other side of the Valley and had to leave. After trying several different gyms I cannot find anything close to the instruction and fellow training partners that were at TNT. I am actually now considering making the 60 minute drive to begin truing with Coach Scott again.


93. Submitted by Chris Morris on Sunday August 25, 2013 8:42 PM
TNT MMA is one of the best gyms in AZ. Coach Scott goes though detail showing proper technique, and why each step is important. The people and training is worth the 4 1/2 hr. drive once every week to train there.


94. Submitted by Josh Stockman on Tuesday June 10, 2014 12:30 PM
Great place to go if you wanna get your no-gi game real good real fast!


95. Submitted by Ben Schwartz on Thursday March 5, 2015 12:47 AM
This guy who keeps posting hateful comments is a moron. Dan Webb is nothing more than a bully cop that prays on people to make him feel better since he was abused as a child. Coach Scott has always been great to my 3 kids as well as myself. Dan...you really are an unstable person and should lose your badge for all your harassment and conduct towards numerous people over the years. Coach Scott is an amazing instructor who takes his students growth personally. He takes the time to teach each student and develop them as martial artists, instead of just running them through the motions. The attitude amongst his students is very laid back and respectful creating a warm "family" of students. It's unlike anything I have seen or even heard of from a school the size and reputation of TnT. I could go on all day about how much I would recommend Coach Scott and the quality of the school he runs.


96. Submitted by GM on Thursday March 5, 2015 1:02 AM
As an employee TNT I can confirm the person who has been repeatedly posting hate comments on this thread attempted to use threats of harrassment in order to cancel his 1 Year Agreement with our Academy. He verbally abused the front desk girl at the time making her cry in front of several witnesses. Two witnesses suggested we call the police on him for his actions. Coach Scott simply stated that he could not just simply cancel his 12 month contact with 10 more months to go. This person stated that he was a police officer and that we "really don't want to play games with him or we will lose a lot of business" and stormed out. Since joining another gym he has been defaming and slandering Scott and TNT MMA almost daily. We apologize for the inconvenience of those who have commented in the past and have been bombarded by this sociopath.


97. Submitted by Maximus on Thursday March 5, 2015 1:14 AM
Here is a previous testimonial from our bitter friend a couple years ago! LOL. So glad you guys got rid of him and not surprised he would stoop to this. He was always a brown-noser and any 10 year old could tab him out. LMAO Good riddens to "The Law" as he used to refer to himself. 42. Submitted by Dan Webb on Tuesday July 24, 2012 My initial purpose in logging onto this post was to leave an outstanding review for Coach Scott, but I simply cannot ignore the posts made by “TD” in comments identified as #34 & #38. The first concern, which should be a red flag to any educated reader, would be the absence of a real, verifiable name instead of simply using the alias or nickname moniker of “TD.” Secondly, when or if, you signed up for TNT MMA, they are very upfront about their no-gi practice. If this was a legitimate issue for you, then why would you continue to take classes there? A plausible explanation is that you would not if that was your root issue. Your multiple rants appear to be nothing more than the fruits of a “fishing expedition” performed by a person who had their ego bruised when they were probably on the lesser end of a difference of opinion. Coach Scott does NOT issue belts lightly and the fact that you raised the question of not progressing fast enough would suggest that you felt you were at a higher skill level that your previous coach felt you were at. Perception is reality, but without knowing who you are would leave the door closed to fully analyzing your situation further in that aspect. In furtherance of the no-gi issue, I am of the opinion that it is perfectly logical to train without a gi because assailants on the street do not wear a gi, and since I do not plan on competing in competitions; the gi concern is a non-issue. Lets also keep in mind this sport became famous largely in part to the popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. With that said, TNT MMA, (please note the MMA, which stands for mixed martial arts) prepares their students to embark on any level of success, to include pursuing a career as a professional combat fighter. The last time I checked, the use of a gi was prohibited in professional MMA competition. This art form is ever-evolving and if your clothing attire is pertinent to your success, then I find it reasonable to infer you are seeking validation in the wrong manner. In reference to your negative perspective on the NAGA tournament, it is common knowledge that there are countless rules set forth by the NAGA administers. By coincidence, there are several rules set forth by Coach Scott at TNT MMA that all students must abide by and with that correlation being made; a reasonable person could infer that you likely are not a fan of that level of structure. With that said, your stance on that issue seems irrelevant and baseless. This may be a prime opportunity to conduct a self evaluation in order to ascertain if you are basing your opinions on fair, unbiased logic that would purport a fair assessment of Coach Scott. Your response to that may be “yes,” but deep down I feel that response would be nothing more than a gesture to save face… In conclusion, your evaluation of Coach Scott appears to be nothing more than a biased opinion of a former student who is spewing venom based on sour grapes. Without the use of your real, verifiable name, I feel your posts should be viewed as unsubstantiated hearsay that bears no weight on the reputation of Coach Scott. It is obvious that you have some level of education because you were careful to not use your real name, danced on the line of verifiable slanderous statements that would defame the reputation of Coach Scott and you likely knew that type of egregious behavior could be the subject of a civil tort suit (lawsuit). It is my hope that you move forward with your life in a healthy and productive manner that is absent the need to attack the reputation of others for a scorn ego. In an act of moving forward, I would like to stand by Coach Scott, as he is a highly skilled instructor who encourages his students to pursue the highest level of excellence possible. Coach Scott is a highly decorated instructor who has the lineage, experience and fortitude to breed high level practitioners of BJJ. Coach Scott has my vote and any difference of opinion that is not based on sound logic, verifiable facts or an unbiased evaluation should be viewed as moot…


98. Submitted by No Neck!!! on Thursday March 5, 2015 1:23 AM
Coach...Isn't this the guy who was like always saying he is some kind of alcohol monitor and gets to drink on the job and hit on girls? The guy with the beard that looks like an Ewok...right???? LMAO. This is too funny!!!


99. Submitted by Toe assassin on Thursday March 5, 2015 1:54 AM
For real I wanna heel hook this mr Webb. He truly bothers me, which is rare.


100. Submitted by Ben Schwartz on Thursday March 5, 2015 2:30 AM
Hi Dan! Guys who are not saying anything false don't worry about libel torts.


101. Submitted by Dan Webb on Thursday March 5, 2015 8:33 AM
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! It's amazing how my name was brought up when I haven't posted on this site since I defended Scott after a former student left, and bashed him. My contractual dispute is being dealt with on another level; professionally. If you all recall, I used my real name when I defended Scott because I didn't hide then and I don't hide now. You guys are wasting your time if you think it was me, but that's your perogogatitve.


102. Submitted by Scotts friend on Thursday March 5, 2015 9:56 AM
Dan, it's AMAZING how you used the word AMAZING in your post with your name attached, just like in your original post(s). Don't know the whole back story to all of this, nor do I care. But anyone who's got the time to keep reposting something just to piss someone off is either 1) a teenage girl 2) someone who just lost their job and has a lot of free time or 3) someone who just lost, got beat, had something happen to them that made them so sour, they've got to take it out on someone else. In the end you look like an idiot and no one who truly knows Scott really gives a crap about what you have to say. I've know Scott for almost 5 years now, we've had our ups and downs, I "betrayed" him, an event we like to call "the betrayal" but like adults, we got passed it and I can still call him my friend. I've seen a lot of other people take advantage of him and expect him to go above and beyond for them in certain situations, and he's usually the one that gets screwed in the end. So, move on man! If you're at another gym and you like it there, great! You're like that annoying ex who just keeps popping up and bringing up the past and all we can think about is how pathetic it all looks.


103. Submitted by GM on Thursday March 5, 2015 3:23 PM
Dan-Please stop your libel and slander of Coach Scott. Us coaches and his students are tired of hearing your BS. Your IP address and has been collected and confirmed it is you. Obviously you feel you were wronged by canceling a 12 month Agreement after two months....but you were clearly the one that Scott screwed. Its time to go on and bully someone else as has been a repeated pattern in your life. Now that we have collected proof of your posts we suggest you move on with your life or it will result in legal repercussions. When all is said and done TNT MMA is a martial arts and fitness facility and should not be the downfall of all humanity. Time to put everything into perspective and focus on more important things in life.


104. Submitted by Ben Schwartz on Thursday March 5, 2015 3:42 PM
Your evaluation of Coach Scott appears to be nothing more than a biased opinion of a former student who is spewing venom based on sour grapes. Without the use of your real, verifiable name, I feel your posts should be viewed as unsubstantiated hearsay that bears no weight on the reputation of Coach Scott. It is obvious that you have some level of education because you were careful to not use your real name, danced on the line of verifiable slanderous statements that would defame the reputation of Coach Scott and you likely knew that type of egregious behavior could be the subject of a civil tort suit (lawsuit). It is my hope that you move forward with your life in a healthy and productive manner that is absent the need to attack the reputation of others for a scorn ego. In an act of moving forward, I would like to stand by Coach Scott, as he is a highly skilled instructor who encourages his students to pursue the highest level of excellence possible. Coach Scott is a highly decorated instructor who has the lineage, experience and fortitude to breed high level practitioners of BJJ. Coach Scott has my vote and any difference of opinion that is not based on sound logic, verifiable facts or an unbiased evaluation should be viewed as moot…


105. Submitted by Scott Tannenbaum on Thursday March 5, 2015 4:27 PM
This is the real Scott Tannenbaum. These past few ridiculous threats are from Dan Webb posing as me. Absolutely juvenile. You need to stop. I want no contact with you and I would not make erroneous threats on the internet. As I side note my English and punctuation is much better than that as I am a college graduate but nice effort posing as me just the same.


106. Submitted by No Fears on Friday March 6, 2015 12:21 AM
Honestly "time wasted" by you complaining that you wasted time at TNT but yet you have all the time in the world to make sure that Scott is slandered, it shows that you're nothing more than a coward and that you did a better job of running your mouth instead of understanding and learning the meaning of martial arts. I hope any other school you go to realizes what kind of person you are if you even decide to go to another school because you are such a coward that you badmouth your coaches if they don't teach you the way that you want to be taught. As a student underneath Coach Scott for almost 6 yearsI believe he is one of the better martial arts schools in Arizona solely based on his standards for promoting and having the person earned their belt instead of being able to just buy one. If you did not find this gym was for you be up the bigger manand leave clearly you're the one that's not letting something go because you want to talk crap behind the computer but you won't go there in this face and do it.


107. Submitted by Michael Walsh on Tuesday December 6, 2016 11:06 PM
I wish I had started bjj when I was much younger. I'm in my 50s now but learning from such a great coach and the way he explains the techniques makes is not as difficult as it seems at first. I'm inspired to want to be good at it.

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