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John does not have as many champs, but there is no question the basement has had a bigger impact on bjj in the last decade than any other gym.
It could be argued that Marcelo has had a bigger impact in the last decade- since a lot of the DDS guard work, grips, and back attacks initially came from him.
Additionally, in this decade- as a coach and competitor, Marcelo has won ADCC, coached/taught Matheus to ADCC win, and coached/taught Bernardo Faria to a world title and absolute title (gi), and Dominyka Obelenyte to a world title and absolute title (gi).
Andre and Atos has had similar achievements in bjj in the past decade (if not more achievements)- it can be argued that they have also made a bigger impact than the DDS squad.
You can definitely make an argument for Marcelo, but you cannot make that same argument for Andre or Atos imo.
Marcelo hands on goes down in history as making the biggest revolutions in the sport
Andre & Atos come to a close second by revolutionizing the berimbolo, 50/50, and leg drag game. However, Leo Vieira/Terere mainly started the leg drag revolution, and the berimbolo, 50/50 game was mostly introduced by Bruno Frazatto, and then Galvao and the rest innovated the crab ride/back attacking game. Watch how the Atos guys take the back in recent competition and it is by far an improved version of what we saw just 2-3 years ago. I did not point out Rafa as a pioneer of the berimbolo & 50/50 as he made it popular in competition, but Bruno Frazatto paved the way for him with those techniques and Rafa will admit to it. However, he took the game further and added his own innovations into it that he should get credit for it today. But, Atos did this as a team and brought things along slowly through the years. Funny thing is the Bruno Frazatto vs Cobrinha rivalry which turned into the Rafa Mendes vs Cobrinha rivalry paved the way for a lot of the modern game you see nowadays in terms of strategy and tactics that required these techniques.
Marcelo still outdoes them in this department. Don't even get me started on Marcelo and his total BJJ revolution with his seatbelt. Nobody, I mean nobody refined the back game like Marcelo introducing the seatbelt + handfighting in competiton to setup the RNC. We know the seatbelt from the back as a fundamental technique/position today, but back in pre-2003 era, that was not the case. In fact the seatbelt didn't catch on until almost 2007/2008 as social media and youtube were not around to contribute to the rapid spread in technique information. Marcelo popularized the seatbelt in his use of it and tuaght it as a superior control & attack position. Take it for granted today, but I shit you not in the era of 2004 and prior years, the priamry form of back control taught was double unders, which meant the RNC was more than a step away due to the hand positioning. ANd this was quite universal, as quality black belts like Mario SPerry and ROger Gracie were still teaching this stuff during that time.
Marcelo wasw the first to vocally pronounce the seatbelt as superior control and proved it in comeptiton against the best right off the bat. Others studied his matches and intensely and mirrored him and taught their students the same. Marc Laimon was one of the frist to follow suit and taught Marcelo's seatbelt system in seminars as he traveled.
Now explain to me how in any way does Danaher totally ripping off Marcelo's (butterfly+1legX+arm drag+back attacks+front headlock) game and adding Eddie's leglocks to call a system his own >>>> Marcelo's or Atos's contrubutions to the grappling world.
For anyone saying Gordan would defeat Marcelo today, they're probably right. And that's no shame to Marcelo, who peaked in his prime around 2003-2008, making his debut nearly 17 years before Gordan reached his prime. I sure damn hope Gordan would defeat Marcelo if they ever faced off in the near future because if he didn't, that would be sad because that means the sport and it's competitors didn't evolve and improve over time using the previous generation's achievements and discoveries