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Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Thaiboxing, Boxing,  Sambo, Wrestling, Bootcamp and Kettlebells.  Get fit here!

Welcome to American Top Team!  Minnesotas premiere choice for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Self Defense and Fitness Boot Camp classes.

We are so confident that we will give you 30 days free… that’s right, FREE!  Plus, if you put your name and e-mail address in the box to the right, we will give you our free “Dirty Dozen Report” on what to look for when joining a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gym.

But wait! That’s not all… do this right now and we will include a $120 free gift!

Whether you are an adult looking to get in shape, a parent looking for an awesome place for your children, or a mixed martial arts fighter, we are the gym for you!

Why Join American Top Team?


Ricardo Liborio Seminar at American Top Team in Savage Minnesota

  • Top notch instruction from some of the biggest names in the industry.
  • Personalized lessons in a family friendly, safe environment.
  • Payment plans to fit every budget.

If you want to get in the best shape of your life while relieving stress, or you are a fighter (or want to become a fighter), or your child needs to have more confidence and learn the art of self discipline while having fun, read on!

Our kids Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) program is top notch.  Our youth MMA training consists of Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – BJJ, and wrestling all combined into a class that will teach them cutting edge self defense, all while building their character.

So just take 10 seconds to enter your name and e-mail address to join one of the best networks in the world and one of our courteous staff members will contact you soon.

“ MMA really toughened up our son. He is one of the fastest players in his hockey program, and is in by far the best condition of any of the players. He has no fear knocking down players twice his size. He’s become quite good at defense. I’ve seen him step right in front of an 8th grader in full stride turn his hip and take him down. That takes guts! I’m sure it hurts too. He has no fear of tangling with people.

Also he’s a 4th grade kid who demands fruits and vegetables, including broccoli sprouts, and he drinks water instead of pop or milk even when pop is offered. Yep, he learned this stuff from you. Of course we reinforced it too. He’s not the greatest athlete by nature. His nature is to be a computer and math geek, and MMA has given him confidence.

Now he has the opportunity to compete at sports like hockey, I don’t think he would have been able to compete without an MMA background. We’ve had a great relationship with ASMA and ATT and you will always be highly recommended by our family.”

Steve Olson
What We Teach:
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – BJJ
  • Muay Thai – Thaiboxing – Kickboxing
  • Sambo
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Kettlebells – Boot Camp
Mixed Martial Arts
BEWARE!            BEWARE!            BEWARE!

Not all who advertise Mixed Martial Arts or MMA are teaching MMA! After years of negative marketing and bashing MMA, some karate gyms are now “experts” in the field.  Don’t be fooled!  If you go in to watch a MMA class and they are wearing uniform tops and belt: don’t walk, run!!  If they are doing point karate (look it up on YouTube) sparring, get out of there fast!

A lot of todays Jiu-Jitsu gyms advertise MMA, but when you go in you are doing collar chokes.  In the 1990’s, Jiu Jitsu gyms were started with the pretense that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was dominating MMA, so that is MMA!  Not true today.  Everything evolves and so did MMA.

Todays athlete needs a whole different  class of skill sets, and here at American Top Team, we do just that! Whether its competition or self defense, we are here to help you reach your goals!

We live by the maxim “If you see it taught, you see it fought!”

In theory, you could blend Tae Kwon Do and Tai Chi and call it Mixed Martial Arts, but that would be misleading! What works best are martial arts whose training curriculum requires that you practice your skills against a resisting opponent.

Thaiboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Boxing and Wrestling seems to answer almost every question of what would happen in a MMA competition.

Mixed Martial Arts just happens to be the best form of Self Defense on the planet. That is why the Army and Marine Corps threw away most of their old, antiquated, outdated self defense system and adapted MMA as their core curriculum. Why? ’cause it works!

Our MMA classes will always address striking techniques as well as takedowns and ground techniques. Whether for competition or self defense, to getting in the best shape of your life, our program will be tailored like a suit to your specific need.  Competitors and regular students will love this class!!

We are so positive that the training you receive here will impact your life and help you reach your goals that we will throw in a free uniform when you enroll!!

Kids Mixed Martial Arts

Kids Mixed Martial Arts

So, that’s a free 30 day membership, free report that will save you time and time is money, free $120 gift, and a free uniform!  We can’t pay you to train with us but this offer is close!

This is as good as it gets folks! Put that information in right now below or call 952-440-5222.  Your life will change, we guarantee it!!

Everyone will get a great workout as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Thai Boxing uses the entire body. Men, women and children will benefit from training in Muay Thai Kickboxing. No matter what your reason, be it fitness, self defense, or to compete, you’ll love our mixed martial arts program. As we have developed our students abilities, we would like to do the same for you.

“ATT Savage has given me the training to have confidence in combat situations. Whether you are training to fight, want to learn self defense or just get in great shape and learn a discipline in the meantime, ATT Savage has it all. The coaches and instructors are very knowledgable, with high level mma/jiu jitsu instruction, boxing, kick boxing and wrestling. If you put in the time you will learn the skills and the techniques that actually work in a fight.”
Jason Wong, Deputy Sheriff
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – BJJ

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class Format:

The class will start out with different jujitsu exercises and drills that will help you for the upcoming class. The next step of the class will be learning a takedown, the counter, how to fall, and drilling the move multiple times until it’s understood.

A ground technique will be practiced for the next part of class. We always try to show the counter as well as prevention so you don’t have to counter during this portion of class.

The last part of class will vary depending on where you are at in your progression. For the brand new beginner, you will keep drilling the move that was just practiced at a fast pace. For the intermediate beginner, you will practice positional escapes with a resisting opponent. For the intermediate practitioner, you will free grapple from knees or positions. For the advanced, you will free grapple starting from your feet.

This is a great class that will help you lose weight, gain flexibility, improve your confidence, and you will feel younger. Taking this class consistently has a therapeutic benefit to it. The worries will melt away.



Eric Aasen and Ricardo Liborio

Ricardo Liborio’s Biography

Ricardo Liborio was born on the 13th of July 1967 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started training martial arts when he was 4 years old, practicing Judo, while his first competitive challenge came only a year later when he was 5. Ricardo Liborio also trained in the Korean kicking art of Tae Kwon Do for a few years before he finally found jiu jitsu as a teenager (going on 15 years of age).

His first BJJ training ground was the Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. The academy was also shared by Rolls Gracie, Carlson Gracie‘s brother, who died a few months after Ricardo Liborio joined due to a paragliding accident.

Under Carlson Gracie’s tuition Ricardo Liborio bloomed to BJJ, winning several competitions for the team. His strong judo foundation and his amazing grasp of Jiu Jitsu made him excel and overcome adversity. Another interesting characteristic of Ricardo Liborio that serves as testament to his warrior spirit, was that he enjoyed fighting in the heavyer categories in order to test himself. Ricardo was not a heavy guy, usually weighing around 176lbs (80kg) but he would fight in the heavyweight and openweight divisions. A good example of this was when in the 1996 World Championships Liborio decided to fight in the Super Heavyweights so he could avenge his loss in the 1993 “Nacional Brasileiro” to the much larger Leo Castello Branco. Castello Branco was winning in the final few minutes until Liborio took Castello Branco down following a quick mount, winning the fight and taking gold in the first ever World Championship.

Ricardo Liborio had a special relationship with his coach, Carlson Gracie, often being referred by his master as his best student. Even so, around the year 2000 it was more and more evident that the Carlson Gracie Team was not happy with it’s leader. Gran Master Carlson often spent months on end in his Chicago school, neglecting the Rio de Janeiro classes (that were taught mainly by his senior students, people like Liborio, Sergio “Bolao” and others). Around this time the students demanded Carlson to sign a contract that allowed him to receive 30% of his fighters purses only on the condition that he would return to Brazil a month before the competitions to teach his students. The contract was signed, but it wasn’t followed by the gran master, which caused great distress amongst the team. Around the same time Ricardo Liborio left the country to go compete in Abu Dhabi’s ADCC (The world’s greatest Submission Wrestling tournament). Liborio went with his team mate Ricardo Arona where he got a Silver Medal and Arona won Gold. When Liborio returned he did not have a chance to go to the academy as he flew straight away to Japan to corner another team mate Murilo Bustamante for an MMA fight. It was there that both Liborio and Bustamante found out they had been expelled from the Carlson Gracie school together with several other students.

The expulsion came as a shock to Liborio, who believed everything could have been solved with a quiet get together. He then flew to Chicago to speak to his master and settle things, but Carlson was set in his decision and there was no going back. Ricardo Liborio returned to Rio and helped form a new team with Carlson Gracie’s dissidents. The team was called Brazilian Top Team (BTT). The jiu jitsu coaching was led by Ricardo Liborio and “Bebeo” Duarte while Murilo Bustamante and Zé Mario Sperry were the face of the academy and also two of their strongest MMA competitors.

Ricardo Liborio first started to drift away from BTT in 2001, when he was in Japan preparing Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira “Minotauro” for his fight against Mark Coleman. A Japanese fight promoter invited Ricardo to stay in Japan coaching Japanese fighters for 6 months. The proposal was tempting and Liborio promised to think about it while he visited the United States, to help his friend Murilo Bustamante fight Chuck Liddell. There he met Dan Lambert an American impresario. When Dan heard about the Japanese proposal, he made a counter proposal to Liborio to stay also a semester in Florida. Ricardo agreed, but after only a few months he decided he loved his new life in America and he wanted to stay. Ricardo Liborio then bought the name ATT and broke the contractual ties that led him to BTT, while keeping with the Brazilian team a very strong and healthy relationship. Ricardo Liborio, Dan Lambert, Marcelo and Conan Silveira then joined forces and formed the American Top Team, a team that is going stronger with every year in both the MMA and the Grappling scene in the US.





Muay Thai – Kickboxing – Thaiboxing
Also referred to as the ‘Art of Eight Limbs’ 

This is the real deal.  This is the ultimate stand up martial art, which utilizes punches, kicks, knees and elbows. As far as a standup martial art goes, it gives you the most options, and we live by the idea of ‘keep it simple’. When defending yourself, you don’t want to have to think.  Your body should just react. And the only way for that to happen is if you train core basic moves over and over and over and over and over and over and over, so that you no longer have to think when it comes time to defend yourself.  Your body just kicks into automatic pilot, and off you go.

When it comes down to defending yourself, one thing people are surprised about is that it’s ugly, uncoordinated, sloppy movements compared to pretty Hollywood choreographed movies. We are used to seeing our favorite Hollywood stars beating up 20 bad guys without breaking a sweat. When in reality that’s just not possible.

When you’re in a self-defense situation, your heartbeat raises, your adrenaline kicks in, and all the blood flows to the large muscle groups like your biceps, triceps, quads and hamstrings, so the power punching, the simple kicks, devastating knees and elbows of Thaiboxing work really well in a standup self-defense situation.


Class starts out with the warm-up followed by technique, explanation, then the focus mitt, Thai pad, or heavy bag workout will begin. After that, we will partner drill the same combination in a safe manner so you can see where were the punches and kicks will land. Then you will be taught the counter. Then to round out the evening we will be doing conditioning drills.

It will take about a year of consistent practice to be comfortable defending yourself in a standup situation, but after that one year you will be a lean mean fighting machine for self-defense purposes. Of course you will have lost weight, toned up, and retained that youthful flexibility.

Combat Sambo
  • Sport Sambo is stylistically similar to Olympic Freestyle Wrestling or Judo, but with some differences in rules, protocol, and uniform. For example, in contrast with judo, Sambo allows some types of leg locks, while not allowing chokeholds. It focuses on throwing, ground work and submissions, with (compared to Judo) very few restrictions on gripping and holds.
  • Combat Sambo Utilized and developed for the military, Combat Sambo resembles modern mixed martial arts, including extensive forms of striking and grappling where (unlike Sport Sambo) choking and bent joint locks are legal. Competitors wear jackets as in sport sambo, but also hand protection and sometimes shin and head protection. The first FIAS World Combat Sambo Championships were held in 2001.
  • Freestyle Sambo – uniquely American set of competitive Sambo rules created by the American Sambo Association (ASA) in 2004. These rules differ from traditional Sport Sambo in that they allow choke holds and other submissions from Combat Sambo that are not permitted in Sport Sambo as well as certain neck cranks and twisting leg locks. Freestyle Sambo, like all Sambo, focuses on throwing skills and fast ground work. No strikes are permitted in Freestyle Sambo. The ASA created this rule set in order to encourage non-Sambo practitioners from judo and jiujitsu to participate in Sambo events.

Uniform and Ranking:

A Sambo practitioner normally wears either a red or a blue jacket kurtka or sambovka similar to a gi top, a belt and shorts of the same color, and sambetki or bortsovki (Sambo/wrestling shoes). The Sambo uniform does not reflect rank or competitive rating. Sport rules require an athlete to have both red and blue sets to visually distinguish competitors on the mat.

In Russia, a competitive rating system is used rather than belt colors like judo and jujitsu to demonstrate rank, though some schools around the world now institute belt colors as well. The rating system is called Unified Sports Classification System of the USSR, with the highest athletic distinction known as the Distinguished Masters of Sport in Sambo.

Examination requirements vary depending on the age group and can vary from country to country. The examination itself includes competitive accomplishment as well as technical demonstration of knowledge. Higher-level exams must be supervised by independent judges from a national Sambo association. For a rating to be recognized, it must be registered with the national Sambo organization.


Boxing (pugilism, prize fighting, or the sweet science) is a martial art and combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, and will by throwing punches with gloved hands against another opponent.

Amateur boxing is an Olympic and Commonwealth sport and is a common fixture in most of the major international games – it also has its own World Championships. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges’ scorecards at the end of the contest.

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