Are the travelers on horseback?
Also, is your Judo friend single?
Honestly, something a little less traditional is probably better if you just want to learn to fight.
Make a list of local training places and then post it. Then they will tell you where you should go.
Oh, and stop hanging out with your friend who is a dick.
If you stick around here long enough, you'll see that most will recommend Aikido, Hapkido, Wing Chun, most of the other Chinese arts and all of the Reality Based Martial Arts. Good luck.
"My names Genralisimo Z, 8 time 'grand-mal champion' Kumite fluffer and I've violated corpses on every continent! With my one of a kind, pattented self defense sytem you can too! You don't have to spend years playing pattycake with anemic vegetarians just to learn the art of exterpation. I've deconstructed martial arts and streamlined them to create the world first, scientifically infalible, hermetically sealed, street tested, mother approved, FDIC Insured, dynamic punching solution I call FISTADO!
For just seventeen easy monthly instalments of only $99.99 you will receive:
My introductory DVD: Carpe Scrotum, FISTADO Basics.
A sweet tribal patern headband with the FISTADO logo.
Half a bottle of warm Grape Gator Aid.
My follow up DVD: FISTADO Concepts, Advanced Turtle Tapping.
Two FISTADO(tm) self-lubricating tactical unitards with built in athletic supporter. (One size fits some)
A glorious poster of me, Generalisimo Z with an airsoft M16 replica in one arm and a fat chick with a small ugly dog in my other arm, stading proud before Old Glory, unitard glistening!
Your official FISTADO Black Belt Certificate (14th Dan!)
And a personal two month seminar with me, Generalisimo Z! In your own living room! (I just need to crash on your couch for a few weeks till I get my **** together)
Call now before homeless minorities break into your house, raid the fridge and make long distance phone calls!"