American Top Team trainer Andere Benkei has left the team, due to disagreements with the way ATT franchise out its name to various schools. Appearently ATT is letting “karate schools” use their name after paying a franchise fee and taking a simple seminar. Benkei criticised the move calling it “a big McDonalds”.
“selling our work to people that take advantage of our name and never went to ATT, owners of karate gyms, that simply do a seminar and now have a right to teach MMA with ATT’s name”.
Benkei was particularly critical of Liborio, who he accuses of turning ATT’s “dream and hard work into a big McDonald’s”.
Benkei will now work a freelance trainer for fighters regardless of their team affiliation. He is apparently well respected among the ATT elite:
Thiago Alves, Thiago Silva and Marcus AurÃ©lio are among a number of athletes that have apparently told Benkei they will continue to train with him.
I have to agree with Benkei on this one. Selling out your name which was built on the backs of fighters such as Thiago Alvas, Din Thomas, Thiago Silva, Marcus Arelio, Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti, Wilson Gouveia and Alessio Sakara, so you can squeeze out a little more coin, is weak.