American Top Team Atlanta



Meet Our Expert Coaches

Roan “Jucao” Carneiro

Head Coach

Renowned as a titan in the world of martial arts, Roan “Jucao” Carneiro is the driving force behind American Top Team Atlanta’s unparalleled success. With an illustrious career spanning decades, Jucao’s journey from esteemed competitor to esteemed coach has solidified his status as the preeminent figure in Georgia’s martial arts scene.

Roan’s story begins with a passion for combat sports that led him to dominance in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and ultimately to the pinnacle of mixed martial arts (MMA). As a fierce competitor, Jucao amassed an impressive record, including notable victories in the UFC, where he was a top ranked middleweight contender, along with other prestigious organizations. His technical brilliance, strategic acumen, and indomitable spirit earned him acclaim as one of MMA’s most formidable fighters.

Transitioning seamlessly into coaching, his expertise and leadership have shaped the careers of numerous high-level athletes. He has mentored and cornered fights for UFC champions, Bellator, PFL, and other elite contenders, imparting invaluable knowledge and guidance every step of the way. Jucao’s coaching prowess extends beyond the cage, as he continues to nurture the next generation of martial arts champions at ATT Atlanta.

In addition to his contributions to the MMA world, Jucao is also a dedicated community leader, providing training and support to local police departments in the metro Atlanta area. His commitment to service and safety underscores his role as not only a coach but also a respected mentor and role model.

At ATT Atlanta, he cultivates a culture of excellence, camaraderie, and relentless pursuit of greatness. His coaching style blends traditional martial arts principles with cutting-edge training methodologies, empowering his students to reach their fullest potential. Under his mentorship, ATT Atlanta has emerged as the premier destination for aspiring fighters and martial artists seeking elite coaching and world-class training.

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Jake Jo

No-Gi BJJ Coach

Driven by a desire to experience the intensity of professional wrestling in a real-life setting, coach Jake Jo found his way to ATT Atlanta, drawn by the promise of elite coaching and a renowned team. As a black belt under the legendary Roan “Jucao” Carneiro, Jake specializes in No-Gi grappling and leg locks, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the mats.

Having coached Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) at several local gyms before joining ATT Atlanta, Jake’s journey intersected with Jucao at an open mat session. Recognizing Jake’s potential, Jucao extended an invitation to join the coaching staff at ATT Atlanta, offering the opportunity to mentor professional athletes and fighters.

Throughout his coaching career, Jake has found profound fulfillment in witnessing the triumphs of his students, particularly in their first amateur fights. He believes that the journey from newcomer to victorious competitor is a testament to the transformative power of martial arts.

Describing his coaching style as the “relaxed fit” of ATT, Jake fosters an inclusive environment where individuals of all backgrounds and aspirations are welcome. From those seeking friendship to aspiring professional athletes, Jake embraces and supports each student’s journey.

At ATT Atlanta, the culture extends beyond the training mats, with post-class camaraderie and conversation reinforcing the sense of community. New friendships are forged, and bonds are strengthened, creating a supportive network that transcends the boundaries of the gym.

What excites Jake the most about being part of the coaching staff at ATT Atlanta is witnessing the transformation of individuals, from uncertainty to confidence. While the gym may be known for producing elite pro fighters, Jake finds fulfillment in nurturing the core group of students who emerge as leaders, embodying the true spirit of the gym.

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Mike Galitello

MMA Coach

With a passion ignited by martial arts legends and fueled by his own competitive spirit, Mike Galitello, a professional MMA fighter and multiple IBJJF No-Gi World Champion, found his way to American Top Team Atlanta.

Mike’s journey began with a love for martial arts and a deep admiration for the athleticism and discipline it demanded. Despite initial exposure to MMA through movies and wrestling, his true immersion came when he discovered the dynamic world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and its application in MMA. This led him to pursue a career in professional fighting, where he quickly made his mark as a skilled competitor.

As an athlete, Mike has conquered some of the most prestigious stages in the grappling world, securing multiple IBJJF No-Gi World Championships. As a BJJ black belt under Jucao, his success on the mats is a testament to his dedication, technique, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

Transitioning from the mats to the coaching realm, Mike brings a wealth of experience and expertise to ATT Atlanta. His coaching style is characterized by a balance of technical precision and strategic insight, honed through years of competition and relentless pursuit of mastery.

At ATT Atlanta, Mike is integral to the gym’s culture of excellence and camaraderie. He exemplifies the values of hard work, perseverance, and sportsmanship, inspiring students to reach their fullest potential both on and off the mats.

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George Mathews

BJJ & Kids BJJ Coach

George Mathews was initially drawn to martial arts by the desire to defend himself, particularly against bullies, and by the captivating portrayal of martial arts in movies and entertainment.

His journey in martial arts began with wrestling and a stint in karate during his youth. Now, as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Jucao, George brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge to his coaching at American Top Team Atlanta.

As a coach, George’s approach is characterized as very technical, teaching every technique with precision and attention to detail. He believes that mastering technique is essential for consistent success, and he isn’t afraid to push his students to unlock their full potential.

With a track record of cornering professional fighters and guiding pro Jiu-Jitsu competitors, George’s coaching extends beyond the mat. He’s dedicated to nurturing the next generation of martial artists, coaching kids for BJJ competitions and mentoring newcomers as they embark on their competitive journeys. His accolades include being an IBJJF No-Gi World Champion and a Pan American silver medalist. These achievements underscore his commitment to excellence and serve as a source of inspiration for his students.

At ATT Atlanta, George contributes to a community that is deeply rooted in friendship and camaraderie. The gym’s family-oriented atmosphere fosters lifelong friendships among its members, creating a supportive network both on and off the mats.

What excites George the most about being part of the coaching staff at ATT Atlanta is witnessing the progression of his students, particularly children and members who initially joined with apprehension but have grown in confidence through their training. For George, the joy lies in seeing his students evolve and thrive as martial artists and individuals.

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Giovanni Carvalho

BJJ & Kids BJJ Coach

Giovanni Carvalho’s journey in martial arts began as a quest for self-discovery and discipline in his hometown in Brazil. Awarded his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt by Cicero Costha, the essence of Jiu-Jitsu drove him to pursue greater challenges, ultimately leading him to American Top Team Atlanta.

Forged in the simplicity of a small town, Giovanni’s martial arts background laid the foundation for coaching at ATT. The experiences and challenges he faced along the way provided invaluable insights and resilience crucial for guiding others on their own martial arts journeys.

As a coach, Giovanni finds immense fulfillment in witnessing his students evolve into skilled martial artists. Their victories are not just theirs alone but collectively contribute to a legacy that transcends belts and submissions. His coaching style blends technical precision with a profound focus on the mental aspects of the game, fostering a holistic approach to martial arts.

What distinguishes American Top Team Atlanta is its diverse and supportive members, where individual success is celebrated alongside collective growth. It’s a place where champions are not only honed in skill but also in character.

For Giovanni, being part of the coaching staff at American Top Team Atlanta is an exhilarating opportunity to contribute to a legacy of excellence. Guiding aspiring martial artists and shaping not just their techniques but also their mindset is a privilege that ignites his passion every day.

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Corey Jackson

Muay Thai Coach

For Coach Corey Jackson, martial arts isn’t just a sport—it’s a journey of personal growth and honor. Motivated by the tragic loss of a loved one, Corey embraced martial arts as a means to honor their cousin’s memory and has never looked back since.

With over a decade of dedicated training and competition in martial arts, Coach Corey boasts an impressive resume. As a professional MMA fighter who has competed in renowned promotions like the PFL, where he’s earned accolades such as “Fight of the Night” and “Fight of the Year.”

Transitioning from the cage to the coaching realm, Coach Corey is committed to sharing their wealth of experience with students at American Top Team Atlanta (ATT Atlanta). His coaching style prioritizes high technique, mental toughness, and tactical prowess, ensuring that each student is prepared to defend themselves in any situation.

As a coach, Corey has mentored numerous athletes to championship victories in both Muay Thai and MMA, instilling in them the values of discipline, perseverance, and respect.

What sets ATT Atlanta apart is its vibrant community and family-oriented culture. Walking through the gym doors, one can feel the energy and camaraderie that permeates the space. At ATT Atlanta, Coach Corey emphasizes the importance of support and teamwork, fostering an environment where everyone strives to bring out the best in each other.

Coaching at American Top Team Atlanta has not only provided him with opportunities but also a platform to positively impact countless lives. With the backing of ATT’s renowned reputation in modern martial arts, Coach Corey is dedicated to spreading the values of martial arts and self-defense to individuals worldwide.

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Rudy James

Beginner’s Muay Thai Coach

Rudy James’s martial arts story began under the guidance of his father, who instilled in him the importance of self-defense from a young age. Starting with Tae Kwon Do and Karate as a child, Rudy progressed to American Kickboxing and wrestling in high school. During college, he delved into MMA, Muay Thai, and BJJ, eventually training under the US Olympic Kickboxing Coach.

In 2014, Rudy found his home at American Top Team Atlanta, drawn to its commitment to skill development. With a background spanning various martial arts disciplines, Rudy has contributed to the success of numerous tournament champions and fighters.

The culture at ATT Atlanta is more than just a gym; it’s a family. Rudy emphasizes the camaraderie and support among coaches, training partners, and fellow members, creating a nurturing environment for growth and development. Regardless of background or experience level, everyone is treated equally, united by a shared passion for learning.

As part of the coaching staff at American Top Team Atlanta, Rudy is fueled by his passion for helping others grow physically and mentally. He relishes the opportunity to work with a diverse range of talent, from amateur enthusiasts to professional fighters, all contributing to a dynamic and inspiring training atmosphere in both striking and Muay Thai.

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Tian Tian

Cardio Kickboxing Coach

Tian Tian’s martial arts journey began amidst the backdrop of Jacky Chan movies in China and Japan during the early 90s. At 18, he delved into kickboxing under Coach Phillips, an assistant coach for the US kickboxing Olympic team. Over the next 15 years, Tian Tian honed his skills under various kickboxing and Muay Thai coaches across the US, Japan, and Thailand.

In 2017, he found his forever home at American Top Team Atlanta training under their world class striking and grappling programs. Inspired by their teaching prowess, Tian transitioned into coaching himself, focusing on fitness kickboxing. Over his three years as a coach at American Top Team, he’s witnessed remarkable transformations in his students’ fitness, physique, and mental resilience.

For Tian, coaching isn’t just about fitness; it’s about fostering positive changes and accomplishments in each student. He strives to push them forward through clear communication, demonstrations, and unique approaches like fun games that leave everyone sweating with smiles on their faces.

At ATT ATL, Tian is embraced by a family-like culture where coaches bring their own styles while prioritizing respect for all. This emphasis on respect epitomizes the beauty of martial arts and solidifies ATT Atlanta as his cherished home.

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