Howdy, y'all. Long time no see.
I've been off the forum for a while, largely because I haven't been training. The MMA school I was training at closed down last September and I've been pretty much on my own since then. I feel like a poser posting when I'm not actively training, so I haven't been posting. I just started Judo two week ago, though, so am back on the forum.
The Judo school in question in run by Ruben Martin, and while I don't know much about Judo, from my experience in other MA he runs a really good school. This dojo was recommended to me by fellow Bullshidoka Muerteds and one of my students at Hill College via one of his friends.
Martin Sensei used to run his school out of a rented commercial space, but the landlord tripled his rent during the real estate bubble, so Martin Sensei set up shop at home. He got a couple of manufactured structures (i.e. trailer home/office shells) and turned them into a gym with weight room and dojo complex (two buildings linked together with the gym separate) in his back yard (nice thing about semi-rural Texas is that he has the land to do this).
Classes are M,T,Th,F for an hour and a half. Cost is $65 a month if you do a bank draft. No contracts, but if you do the bank draft, they need ten days notice to cancel the next payment. The students are very motivated and compete a lot. The overall atmosphere is fairly low key and everyone seems like one big happy family.
They are in a training cycle for a tournament right now, so I'm not sure how typical the classes I've been to are in terms of curriculum. So far: five minutes of running for warm-up; fifteen minutes of uchi komi; twenty minutes of grip fighting; thirty minutes of newaza; thirty minutes of tachi waza. Last night was the first time that there were more lower ranks than black belts. The previous classes I'd been to, there were around 8 - 10 black belts and only two or three other lower ranks. Last night, the ratio was reversed.
So far, I am very pleased with the school, but am not very excited about the 30 mile commute with gas prices on the rise.