Learning as I go.........
JKDChick – Thank you. I believe that BJJ is a good direction for me. There seem to be 5 or so schools in the Phoenix area, including the one you suggested.
PizDoff – The biggest of all thanks to you. For you lead me to Fitday.com through your link to the other forum. I personally, would pay to use this site, but it’s free! It’s very useful to me.
KumaOni – I want to break limbs, crush skulls, rip out hearts, rupture testicles, gouge out eyeballs, rip off nipples, and just generally hurt the other guy's feelings really, really bad. Oh yeah, I want to hit ‘em so hard their fingernails never grow back. Closed casket funerals when I’m done. Actually, I think self-defense may be a good place to start. WAAAAA!
5FingazofDeath – Thanks for the input. I think I will try the school in Tempe, AZ because of proximity, but I may still make the drive everyday to Phoenix.
Anyone else – I went to help my mother take her pet cha-hooa-hooa to the vet for shots yesterday. While the dog was in facing the needle, I wondered through the strip mall and saw a giant blue KARATE sign above a door. Then I saw a guy walking in, in a blue uniform, and I hollered at him, “Hey, are you guys open?!” He literally twitched, turn around, looked at me like a dear in the headlights, paused, then finally said yes. I must be a menacing figure! I went in, saw “WE ARE A BLACK BELT ACADEMY. MY GOAL IS TO ACHIEVE BLACK BELT” painted on the wall in 2-foot letters. I immediately knew I wasn’t interested but listened to his pitch anyway. All about price. No mention of even what style they teach. I took his literature and politely left.
I think people joke about the term McDojo (I still feel funny using it considering I have been thinking about classes for only a week and that is my ONLY experience) but I think it isn’t even really a joking matter. When somebody paints on the wall that the goal is to get a piece of fabric, that is scary. If it takes me three years to get a pink belt with ice cream cones on it, I personally will only care about the knowledge. Why do parents take their kids to these places?
Oh well, I am going to keep losing the weight, and reading up. I don’t want to be a big fat uneducated ***** when I join up. Just a big *****.