Top 10 PUAs of 2011

It’s that time of year again!

Every year at PUA Lingo we like to reflect back and see who the top Pick Up Artists of the year were (see our list of Top 10 PUAs for 2010).

However, we’ve noticed that the same guys end up on these lists every year, guys like Style, Mystery, Sinn, and AFC Adam. A lot of these guys deserve it, to be sure, but a lot of them also end up getting voted for because they’re big names, even if they haven’t done much in the past year.

This year we wanted to do something different. This year we want to highlight the Rising Stars of pickup, guys who are just starting to build up their reputations, guys you may not have heard of before. These are the guys you didn’t read about in The Game, these are the next generation of Pick Up Artists.

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 PUAs of 2011 (organized alphabetically). Click on the images below to see a larger version:

1) Alex Weber

Alex Weber PUA

Alex Weber is one of the head coaches at The Art of Charm, one company that’s really been growing this year, with their multiple podcasts and online & offline coaching programs. Alex originally started out as a student at the AoC, but has graduated to coaching guys fulltime, training hundreds of guys in the US and abroad.

2) Arash Dibazar

Arash Dibazar is one PUA you want to keep your eyes on. A former student of Mystery & Matador (of VH1’s The Pickup Artist fame), Arash has branched off and started his own school in San Jose, California dubbed the “Celcius Lounge” and has also started his own podcast and blog called Seductive Instinct, providing guys with tons of free, killer advice every week.

3) Bravo

Bravo PUA

Bravo is a master pick up artist and the former Executive Instructor for the Stylelife Academy founded by Neil Strauss (who needs no introduction). After his divorce, he was inspired to be a pick up artist by The Game, and he went from reading the book to being one of top instructors in less than a year. You can read more about Bravo on his website where he shares his latest adventures.

4) Joshua Pellicer

Joshua is one of the top pickup and dating coaches out there, who coached for a number of years at other pickup companies before starting his own company. This year, Joshua released The Tao of Badass (affiliate link), one of the best-selling pickup products of the year. Joshua has helped thousands of guys around the world with his innovative products and down-to-earth coaching style.

5) Keychain

Keychain PUA

Keychain is one of the top instructors for Love Systems, and was one of the original members of Project Rockstar. Keychain continues to help hundreds of guys with his coaching, as well as speaking at conferences such as The 21 Convention.

6) Matthew Hussey

Matthew Hussey PUA

One of the trends we’re starting to see in the pickup world is companies moving away from just teaching routines and openers, to teaching more holistic lifestyle development. Matthew Hussey is one of the coaches who is at the forefront of that movement, having started as one of the coaches for PUA Training and since moving on to start his own company offering life coaching and motivation.

7) Rob Judge

Rob Judge (along with his partner-in-crime Zack Bauer, who also made this year’s list) is one of the rising stars of the pickup world. Rob has only been involved in the pickup scene for a few years, but has made a name for himself in New York and around the world with his coaching & products.

8) Sasha

Sasha PUA

Sasha Daygame is a PUA who has been around for a long time, but has just recently began to make a name for himself. Mystery’s first wingman, Sasha now runs his own company where he teaches intimate programs focusing on the removal of social anxiety and direct game. Sasha has a reputation for achieving amazing results for his clients and is currently on a world tour promoting his event the Direct Dating Summit, as well as his unique daygame system.

9) Shamwow

Shamwow PUA

Pickup can seem like a young man’s game sometimes, but that’s not true. Shamwow is one of the oldest guys on our list, but he still regularly gets girls who are half his age, and as instructor for PUA Training he teaches other guys how to do the same.

10) Yad


Yad is one of the Executive Instructors over at, and one of the best known for his free, in-field videos of him demonstrating how to pickup girls during the day. You can find some of his videos and information about his coaching on his blog.

11) Zack Bauer

Zack Bauer PUA

Zack is another young gun in the pickup world, who works with Rob Judge on Date Hotter Girls, a system that he and Rob helped develop that helps guys get results fast. Zack has coached guys all over the world and spoken at several top conferences, and is a frequent guest blogger for our blog.

Honorable Mention: The Naturals

Keys to the VIP
Chris, Peaches, Allen and Sheldon from Keys to The VIP

This year we want to give thanks to the naturals of the world.

That buddy from college who knew the moves to reach a woman’s heart and let you jump along for the ride. The “Marcos” from The Game. Naturals may not have the training that a lot of the other PUAs on this list have, but they have a natural affinity for women that they developed through their own experiences. Though they may not always be able to explain how they do it, you can learn a lot from watching them at work.

One way or another, we all become naturals at some point in evolving our game.

And that wraps up our list for this year. Let us know in the comments if we missed any notable PUAs, and have a safe and happy New Year!

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