Originally Posted by BJMills
Hey BJMills: Was about to turn in for the night. I travel way too much with career, so I empathize with the age thing. Atlanta is a great city...but hotter than hell. Jacare, was and is an awesome embodiment of the budo of BJJ. His daughter, this is dating myself, used to be mat side as an infant with his dog. There were no meat-heads, just good practitioners with loads of respect. They appreciated Judo, traditional Jujutsu and even Aikido. If you got a technique wrong, they'd take you back to your mistake and make you learn how to defend in counter. Good uke/tori relationship!
Judo is an incredible art and all too often, some forget the "do" in it. Anyone, who spent one session at the Kodokan will relate that. Not sure where you are based but if you are in the USA still, I will gladly tell which clubs/dojos I like. If you are UK side, there are some good places here to.
As for sparring, if you are talking 1 v 1, it isn't like GoJu Ryu Karate-do, but I amp those I work with to have more "realistic" pressure. My randori is Judo based and taught and the BJJ the same. Anyway, the only encounter that doesn't leave you with bruising, is the one you noticed from afar and avoided.
Thanks for replying directly. If you go back to ATL...go to the Beacon drive in! Have a good night!