Club review: Takahashi Dojo
Okay so my final review of the day is for a Judo club called Takahashi Dojo School or Martial Arts.
This is the most traditional of all the schools I have reviewed so far. It is run by the Takahashi family, a family known by the way to produce Olympic level Judoka. They teach Judo, Karate, Aikido, Kendo, Jiu Jitsu, and Tai Chi. It is a two story dojo. The first floor is a large hardwood room that is used for Kendo, Karate, and Tai Chi. The second floor is all covered with Tatamiís and is used for the rest of the arts.
Of course the one day I show up to watch a class; itís the Judo kata class. I didnít even know Judo had kataís, but I was wrong. And oddly enough the class consisted of 5 black belts doing slow self defense kataís. On the other side of the room was the Jiu Jitsu class. It looked a lot like my old Can Ryu Jiu Jitsu, but it did have some pad work and some more ground fighting. I spoke to the teacher, and he said that the judo I was looking for was every other night, and this one was aimed at the older students (read:old). We talked about different judo Giís, how this JJ was different then mine, and how many ppl in his school now compete (quite a lot).
Over all I got a very good feeling from the teachers and from the class, even though I didnít really see much. He had the right attitude though, rolling around makes you stronger and you can see what really works. Another good thing is that he said Judo can transition to no Gi pretty well, and one of his brothers wrestled in the Olympics (got 4th) and he can teach some wrestling also.
The school for pricing was a little different then norm. The total for the year for one style was $890 plus tax. You paid three months upfront, then if you liked it you could work out the rest with them (per month, all at once etc). The more arts you do the more money it cost. A standard Gi was around $80, and later you could buy one for as much as $300! Although they said that only real professionals needed the super pricey Gi.
Overall I really liked the school, even though they taught AikidoÖ