ATTN: GnP/ other MMA'ers - Starting martial art question

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  1. btatedash

    btatedash New Member

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    I'm thinking of taking up martial arts, but I don't know what I should look into. Anyone have any suggestions on what's a good starting place? I'm thinking of looking into capoeira (sp?), but thats only because thats the only one I've heard of.

    The only places listed in the phone book are the typical tae kwon do mills, advertising 3 years to a black belt or your money back :ugh:
     
  2. Jeff Merr

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    dont take TKD, look for a BJJ place in your area, preferably no-GI
     
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    Depends on goals.
    Fitness/sport/self defense/competetion.

    Capoeira would only be good for the first two. I've always wanted to study it anyhow. Everyone will recommend BJJ. Personally I'd do a mix. Combat effective types of karate/kickboxing or Muy Thai along with some wrestling or BJJ. Some boxing wouldn't hurt as well. No Tae Kwon or Mcdojo.
     
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    d0nk3ypunch New Member

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    As mentioned, it's all about goals.

    TKD is actually fine as long as you go in thinking about it as a sport and nothing you can really use in a fight.

    BJJ will give you the best workout, and is the most effective art against a single unarmed opponent. If you take that with some sort of a decent standup art, you'll be set. Most bjj places these days also teach basic kickboxing, so ask about that when you call them. If not, most cities at least have a boxing gym, and these are easier to find than a good kickboxing gym.
     
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    If you can join your school's wrestling team, then do so. If not, then find a bjj/judo/sambo academy and go 4x a week.
     
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    What is the typical cost of learning, for example, bjj for beginners? Do schools just charge by the month or class or something?

    Goals wise, I'm about half fitness and half self defense, so I had already ruled out the tkd places.

    What's GI (mentioned in Jeff Coleman's post)?

    Thanks for the help
     
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    a gi = a uniform
     
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    i do vale tudo
     
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    If you can find a school that does MMA, then go there (assuming you want to fight in MMA matches and be a generally well rounded fighter).

    If you are looking to just develop a base and down the road someday maybe compete. Do BJJ. If you are young enough join the school wrestling team as well.

    It kind of depends on where you live....if there is a world class muay thai, boxing, bjj, sambo or whatever school somewhere near you then join it. And training is expensive, most places.
     
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    Maestro Nobones Great Job! - GLAD DADS CREW

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    Watch out though, a lot of crap schools are getting on the current MMA bandwagon and calling their place an MMA school, but in truth they just "mix" martial arts, like "oh we do tae kwon do, american kickboxing, and krav maga" but have never competed in MMA and don't train up actual fighters.

    buyer beware.
     
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    Cool, thanks for the info. Sounds like I'll be trying to find a bjj school.

    Oh, and I'm 23 and in law school at FSU- don't think the wrestling team is an option. :kekeke:
     
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    I wholeheartedly endorse BJJ.
     
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    Just find a good school in your area, walk in on a few classes and just watch and see how things are run if the instructor will allow that. As the people above said, the specific art you choose really depends on your goals.
     
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    if the instructor has any issues with you watching and participating in a free class or two, run far away.
     
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    A friend of mine went to sit in on a Wing chun class and the instructor asked him to basically sign up or not enter the building. I told him the same thing.
     
  16. lilox

    lilox Live fast, Die old

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    if you like sweaty nuts in your face do BJJ

    I am defiently not secure enough in my sexuality to wear tight licra shorts and grease the hell out of my body and then roll around on the floor with half naked men trying to sit on my face.

    I do aikido, but then again thats useless in real life situations isn't it? its a nice art though that lets you progress into other forms if you really want or stick with it and develop your skills, and there is no grease or nudity involved.

    I am looking into Kempo Jujitsu to learn a bit more aggression.
     
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    lilox Live fast, Die old

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    must be because the class is taught by richard simmons
     
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    fakirone OT ex-con, I hate the Mods

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    so all in the same breath you make a grappling = teh gay joke, you advocate using aikido to transition into other arts, and say you would rather learn some watered down kempo instead? :rofl:
     
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    :werd: I wish I had the matt thornton aliveness link handy...
     
  21. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    I want to take up Kendo as a hobby so I can have cool swordfights and beat the shit out of people with a bamboo stick.

    But seriously, that stuff looks like fun even if its one of the least practical martial arts. Too bad there aren't that many schools around.
     
  22. lilox

    lilox Live fast, Die old

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    no BJJ = teh gay ;)

    serioulsy you would never get me doing that, there is a difference in grappling and grappling in vaseline in licra underwear. maybe when i grow up i'll get to that level of kinky
     
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    I know you are trying to be funny, because no one is really this stupid right?
     
  24. lilox

    lilox Live fast, Die old

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    sam gamgee gave you that avatar right?

    do you use talc on your balls so your "partner" doesnt choke, or is a smelly nut sack an advantage to you?
     
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    500 Internal Funny Error
     
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