Trying to find good BJJ in Toronto/woodbridge ON
I live in Woodbridge ON, but I work downtown Toronto. I'm currently looking for a good BJJ school. In woodbridge they have Bravado BJJ, and in Toronto I am 4 subway stops away from Toronto BJJ.
I haven't head too much good or bad things about either school. I think Toronto BJJ is around $100 a month with a sliding scale if you pay more in advance. I have no idea about bravados cost.
Has anyone heard anything good or bad about either school. (I heard through the grape vine that Toronto BJJ is relatively easier to get a BJJ blue belt, but I can't verify that). I haven't heard anything amazing or bad about Dan Moroney at all. But I heard good things about the BB at TOronto BJJ. Anyway if anyone knows anything please let me know
No personal experience but...
After a quick review of each I'd say the more experienced seems to be the head instructor at Toronto BJJ. The difference being where he trained from white to black and that he has a list of notable tourny achievements (the other has more of a list of who he's trained with only).
However both of their pedigree looks good from the outset and leads back to Saulo and/or Royler, not so random one off guy. Nothing wrong with that.
Of course really you should go and watch both classes several times and take advantage of their intro classes as well. You may find the guys at one place are arrogant and pricks to train with and not so at the other. This is huge IMO.
Also, I have trained under some really talented guys from Brazil who can't teach their way out of a paper bag. Being really good at an art and being able to convey said art are very different animals. This is why I'd advocate to watch your first class or two and then take an intro class. You want to spend some time wisely on this investment in time and money.
Watch the instructor's attention to detail when they teach. Watch how they tweak technique for different body styles and gender. Watch how they interact before and after classes with the students. Does it feel like family or business?
As far as people's personal experience hopefully someone will respond to you with that. That is another good path when choosing but be wary as people at BJJ place 'A' may tell you 'B' is bad and vice versa. Some people have axes to grind and this shouldn't be your deciding factor unless multiple unrelated people echo the sentiment.
Last but not least...
Don't let this be a factor.
Originally Posted by superninjagod