Help me pick a new MT school
So after a six month or so hiatus, I'm going back to training.
The problem is that the usual place is no more, and I'm stuck looking for a new place.
So far I've narrowed it down to three:
This place has my old instructors, but unfortunately the price has shot up to 120 a month, and they don't have an official muay thai class at useful timeslot anymore, so I'd be taking the cardio class, which because of the small class size and due to the sparring background of the particpants, actually spars now and then. They are moving to a bigger place this month, and are supposed to start up an actual muay thai class soon after. Also, no contract, or BS starting fees, just first and last. Instructors are proven fighters with good records, and are still fighting.
Not to be confused with OCKickboxing, which seemed a bit crap. Classes are two hours long, and seem to have a heavy focus on cardio. I'm not sure about the quality of instruction, seemed decent enough, not sure about fight records. Its also midlevel as far as pricing goes, with more reasonable prices, but a BS registration fee. Also, its the farthest from my work, so getting their on time can be a pain, but its a two hour class, missing 5 or 10 mins of cardio isn't going to kill me, and the instructor doesn't care. Classes are on contract basis, 3,6 month or year long contracts, with cheaper rates the longer the contract. Somewhere around 80-90 a month though.
Closest to my work, has a strong emphasis on sparring, and good one on one time with an instructor, its also the cheapest. But class is only an hour long, seems lighter on cardio. Also has some stylistic differences which I'll have to overcome. (hands higher than eye level--as opposed to 'telephone call' height, and they don't believe in checking kicks by raising the leg, only in turning your leg towards the kick/ moving in) Also, the kickboxing instructor has a middling record on sherdog of 1-4, though I'm not sure how accurate sherdog is, nor does that mean he can't teach or is lacking in skill. Cheaper than either of the first two, though they were a bit wishy washy on price, as I only talked to the instructor about it, and i get the impression he doesn't deal with the monetary side.
I feel a bit of loyalty to school 1 since it has my old instructors, but thats a steep price, though it does also include BJJ / MMA classes as well (not that I have the time or inclination for it) The second school is an attractive choice because of its long class times, I can make it on time most of the time, but even being late five minutes a day, i'm still likely to get more actual class time there than any other school. And I liked getting to get padwork time in with an instructor at Joker's, and I find sparring more engaging than drills or padwork. What do people think?