I'm probably going to end up attending University of Connecticut next year as a freshman so naturally I'm checking out the martial arts clubs. They have a Royce Gracie BJJ club there which is great, as well as some non-contact shotokan crap that I don't care to look at. I also heard they had a Judo club, so I found this site http://playlab.uconn.edu/budenkan.html but it's sort of strange.
As I look around the site, I see some odd things. Turns out it's Jujutsu, not Judo. And the guy founded his own style. The guy is 5th Dan in Judo (USJA) which is definately good. However, if you look at some of the vids, it looks like really dead training, almost like Aikido. They are really formal, do kata, have required reading about history and philosophy, talk about spiritual stuff and meditiation, and some other bs crap. However, they also do Randori, and the site says they do consider it necessary. I don't think they place a large emphasis on it though, and they seem to dislike sport fighters and combat sports. For instance, check this out http://playlab.uconn.edu/diffs.htm
However, there's this:
"Live Sparring in Distance, Close Quarter and Ground Contexts (Kumite)
This is considered an essential component of the system in helping to prepare students for the realities of real combat and defense situations (while set routines and kata teach essential principles and technique, which is how most classical systems used to train their students), effective application requires that students be trained to apply these under relatively realistic conditions. It should be noted here that Kano's success with judo over the traditional jujutsu systems in the now famous 1886 tournament was attributed primarily to his "new" method of training judoka, which he called randori (and we call kumite). Of course the fact that atemi was prohibited in this tournament undoubtedly served to handicap the jujutsu fighters even further and helped undermine their ability to hold their own against Kano's judo students)." ( http://playlab.uconn.edu/sysprin.htm )
And this is kind of hardcore, it's like moderate contact point-based MMA http://playlab.uconn.edu/compruls.htm
But I'll end it with this extremely freaky little practice http://playlab.uconn.edu/tattoo.htm The Wa Shin Tattoo
So I'm really not sure what to think of these guys. I'm sure the instructor has skills but I don't know about the structure of the classes. Anyone have any experience with them?