MA in NYC
I'm thinking of doing something with boxing -- Sanda or MT perhaps.
But I also live a short bus ride from the Flushing Shaolin Temple (Shi Guolin's place), and I know they offer Sanda as well as Shaolin.
Any suggestions? Any experiences with thsi stuff?
If you want to train in San Da try NY San Da Gym over on 37th St between 8th and 9th ave in Manhattan. The website is www.nysanda.com
Yup. I took a free class there and at Fit2Fight (Steve Ventura's place) too. I think Fit2Fight was personally a better fit for me.
What do you know about the Flushing place, and about good MT instruction in NYC?
I don't know anything about the Flushing place, sorry. Howcome you found Fit2Fight a better fit for you than NY San Da?
I guess because it seemed smaller, friendlier, a nicer, cleaner facility. The instructor was really helpful. He realized I had no experience so he worked with me personally and had one of the students instruct me on beginner stuff when the head teacher was too busy.
i have heard that the flushing place is more into wu shu really. they do offer a san shou class but apparantly it's a little bit of focus mitt work, they don't work with thai pads or do throw work, and they certainly don't enter people into ring fights.
if you want to do the san da route, of course check out ny sanda and fit2fight. you might want to check out my school as well http://www.yees-hungga.com we focus more on lei tai and mma for our ring fights, but have entered san shou as well.
for top notch muay thai, it's hard to be vladimir borodin, and borodin's gym. he's in coney island but he produces some of the toughest fighters in the city.
lei tai is the traditional form of full contact fighting in CMA.
you fight on a platform and if you fall down or are knocked off, you lose major points (or the whole fight under some rules)
currently the rules are:
punch, kick, knee, elbow, throw and takedown (no "knee down" takedowns allowed since if you put your knee down it counts as if your opponent took you down.)
once the fight hits the ground you are stood back up (no grappling)
saftey gear = full face headgear, fingerless gloves and martial arts shoes. (no shin pads allowed)
there isn't much in the way of lei tai tournaments but there is a big one on baltimore every summer.