Southern California Training *Best place to get an answer for this - GG
Whats up. I'm new to California (and these forums). I'm living in Long Beach and I'm getting pretty out of shape just working on computers all day, it's time to start training again.
Mainly I'm looking for great instruction, good exercise and a chance to do some light/medium contact sparring. Other than that, I have no experience whatsoever with grappling, so something along the lines of Judo/Ju-Jitsu/Sambo would be very appealing to me to round out my abilities and give me a fighting chance on the ground. I have a great deal of respect for Brazilian Ju-Jitsu due to it's intensive groundwork and basically constant sparring during class, but I am also looking to learn some very basic and effective throws from the standing position as well so something like Judo may be a good option. On the other hand, if you know of an amazing teacher local to me, I don't really care what the style is, I will take intense one on one instruction over an overcrowded/overpriced classroom any day.
If you have a class nearby (with-in 40 minutes drive) I'd definately like to come check it out. Or if you have a group that just gets together to train and spar I'd be down for that as well. I've looked through the "Throwdown" forum and nothing active seems to be going on in the SoCal area? Anyways, thanks for the heads up in advance -Derek