Trident Jiu-Jitsu (Ottawa, Canada)
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I'm still new at Trident so consider this a new guy's perspective.
I give it a 9 because every class is in the 8-9 range but classes in the 10 range happen at least once per month as well.
(8-9: Hard contact with reasonable safety gear and/or limited to one range of fighting (standup/grappling).
10: Regular (monthly or less) skill testing via full contact, full range fighting, minimum safety equipment.)
I give it a 7 because, even though it is a bit worn, they have everything a respectable school should have. A complete noob can show up with nothing but shorts and a t-shirt and the school will happily lend them:
The school also has:
- a grappling gi
- boxing gloves
- mma gloves
- kali sticks
- training knives / blades (wooden or plastic)
The school will be the first to admit that their mats are old but they've already stated that mats are the first thing they intend to buy once a few new students sign up.
- Thai pads
- focus mitts
- kicking shields
- heavy bags
- First aid kits and hygiene-related items like nail clippers
(6-7: Respectable equipment, somewhat worn.)
I give it a 7. The school rents a large room from a local community centre. The floor is hardwood but is of course covered with mats when we train. Even when everyone is present, there's plenty of room for everyone. (And, in case even more students sign up, there is another larger room that the school can take over from the community centre.)
I give it a 10. Every class is led by one of three instructors, two of whom are 4th dan and one of which is 5th dan (all three are striped (red and white) belts). During every class, every student gets personalized attention from the instructor who is leading the class and from any other instructor who is there to assist.
(10: Highly personal attention from top instructors.)
I give it a 10. No douche bags. No attitudes. Everyone is friendly. There's a wide range of ages but everyone gets along. No cliques. Students often go out for beers after training and get together on weekends and special occasions from time to time. Students challenge and push one another to perform without applying peer pressure and without bullying. Very positive all around!
(8-10: Open, supportive but challenging, bizarro hippy ass-beating love fest.)
I'm giving this a 7 only because I don't know if anyone has ever competed in striking-specific competitions. My understanding is that Trident students have competed in MMA (which of course includes striking) but I don't if anyone has competed in striking-specific events. That being said, I do know that Trident has taught striking and restraining to law enforcement and military personnel for high-level self defense situations (maybe that means it qualifies as an 8?), and a full range of striking (fists, elbows, knees, shins/insteps, feet, etc) are regularly taught to all students for "sport" and for "self defense". We regularly engage in stand up sparring.
(6-7: Comprehensive striking (all ranges) or superior single range striking with success in local/regional competition or practical application.)
Again, giving this an 8 only because I don't know what their competition record is like. The grappling is very comprehensive and, after practicing a new move, is always done with an "alive" opponent / with resistance. Almost every class opens and closes with rolling and rolling is also conducted throughout the duration of the class to apply new techniques. Various members have competed in Jiu-Jitsu, grappling and MMA competitions but I haven't been around long enough to know who's been to what and what their records are. Trident has taught grappling to law enforcement and military personnel.
(8-9: Pressure-tested, full range grappling and proven success in limited restriction, top level competitions or high level self defense situations.)
I'm giving it a 5 because that's what I've experienced but I've been told that, for people who want to get into it, it's fairly common for them to go all the way to 8. Weapons training usually involves Kali sticks and simulated knives / blades (wood or plastic) for self defense scenarios.
4-5: Light continuous alive sparring (negligible pain/risk).
8: Hard contact with reasonable safety gear (pain and/or some blood)
Getting in touch with Trident:
If anyone is interested, Trident offers free 3-lesson passes to anyone who wants to try it out. (And they're not the kind of place that pressures people to sign up.) All of their information (location, email address, pricing, etc) can be found at the following links: