Owners: Mike Ciprianni
Martial Art: BJJ, MMA, Kickboxing & Fitness
How did you choose your school name?
We think it has become important for us to reach out to the community and explain who the Gamblers are and how we got here.
Our Founder Mike Ciprianni has had the Gambler name in his family since he was 10 years old. His older cousins put together numerous teams to compete in Baseball, Softball and Football when they were kids. Many local championships were won in these sports and everyone wanted to become a part of the Gamblers.
Growing up as a kid Mike Ciprianni could not wait until he was able to put together his own Gambler teams with his own friends and family. When Mike was 15 he put together a softball team and a football team that also won their share of championships year after year. The Gamblers name was then passed on to his younger cousins and then eventually Mike came to Florida and with the help of a good friend Duke Thrush started the Palm Beach Gardens Baseball team for his son Frankie and his friends. They were number 1 in the country 2 years in a row all while playing the toughest teams in travel baseball. They are still the most talent filled and most feared team in their age group every year.
Everyone should know and understand that these names are only used as a novelty. It is no different than naming yourself “The Warriors”, “The Crusaders”, “The Rebels” or “The Renegades”. Everyone wants a cool name and The Gamblers is the name Mike lives and breathes because of its history in his family.
If anyone has actually taken the time to meet and get to know Mike Ciprianni, they would immediately know 2 things. First is that he loves to give back and help kids. He has sponsored as many as 8 teams at a time. When we say sponsored that means paying for uniforms, tournaments and a great coaching staff. Anyone that knows him knows he spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year helping these kids stay out of trouble and excel in sports. Second, is that he loves his friends ands family and considers all of his friends as his family. He treats everyone as an equal and loves having everyone around.
How long have you been teaching?
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by seeing our students progress and improvements made daily.
What is something special or unique about your school and/or students?
We strive to provide the best training for our students by bringing in world-class teachers and competitors to show our students an all-around look at the different training methodologies and techniques from various people. While other schools will charge for seminars we bring in special guests to spend weeks at a time with our students.
What made you choose FUJI Mats for your facility?
FUJI is the best.
What is the most rewarding part about working in the martial arts field?
Seeing children become confident in themselves while having fun training Jiu-Jitsu.
If you could give one piece of advice to other martial art school owners what would it be?
Keep your passion alive. I've seen many talented instructors and business owners lose that passion and the academy will start to fall also.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL:
GAMBLERS/ALLIANCE JIU-JITSU & FITNESS ACADEMY IS A PREMIER PALM BEACH GARDENS MARTIAL ARTS & FITNESS CENTER. IN OUR BRAND NEW FACILITY WE MAKE IT A TOP PRIORITY TO HELP YOU EXCEED YOUR MARTIAL ARTS & FITNESS GOALS. OFFERING BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU, SELF-DEFENSE, KICKBOXING, FITNESS CLASSES, WEIGHTS & CARDIO TRAINING AND PRIVATE TRAINING FOR MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN OF ALL AGES. WE ARE A LOCAL FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED BUSINESS THAT LOVES GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND PROVIDING THE BEST FACILITY, BEST INSTRUCTORS AND BEST PROGRAMS FOR THE PALM BEACH GARDENS AND SURROUNDING AREAS. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU TRAINING WITH US SOON.