I've recently accepted a job offer at Microsoft, and as such will be moving to Seattle. I'm looking at Gracie Barra Seattle. I'd like to stay in the Redmond area, to maximize my training time, while minimizing my commute.
However, the great folks at Bullshido gave high marks to Sea-Town SAMBO as well. While it's a bit farther afield I'm willing to travel for better training. I've also heard there are some wonderful Judo clubs in Seattle.
My current background is in Judo, but I'm looking to move more towards BJJ. I have no experience with SAMBO, thought I'm not adverse to learning.
I'm looking for grappling over stand up, as I found Judo to be difficult at 6'3" 285lbs. However, I'm also looking for a solid workout, and I found that to be the case with Judo.
I guess I'm asking for advice, given a Judo background, and the fact I'm a big guy, would I get a good workout with Gracie Barra, are there any issues with the school, or the politics? Would Sea-Town SAMBO be worth the commute? Is there another viable option?
Thank you for the feedback.