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    hello japanese forum. im gonna be heading off to college in 2 years or so and when i do i'll have to quit my current martial art. recently i've been thinking of doing judo when i pick up a new one. i was just wondering if any of you have any ideas on what would be something nice to pick up while at college.

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    Are you in the US? Wrestling if they have it since highschools and colleges seem to be The Places for such things: You may never have a good opportunity again, the training (I gather) tends to be hardcore and high quality, and the skills transfer very well to other forms of grappling.

    Else, do judo. Well, do some martial art that trains regularly with aliveness, sparring, &c., and has a proven track record of effectiveness against resisting opponents as seen e.g. in MMA, like BJJ, Muay Thai, boxing, or, well, judo.

    I use the word “judo” a lot not only because it’s awesome but also because it’s cheap, which tends to be an an attractive quality for college students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR
    As usual, the answer is: do Judo ~ Ben
    ^the truth.

    For what it's worth, Petter made a pretty good point about the wrestling quality of training related to opportunity, also.

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    Excellent point on wrestling, but don't colleges usually draw from high school wrestlers. I had a friend who got a pretty good deal from the Army due to wrestling. Can you just walk on to a college level wrestling program though; or is it taught as a course of study? I know most colleges, even community colleges have judo as an elective.

    Judo may very well be the way to go, as you may be able to take it at your school, and possibly it may satisfy a requirement for your degree if you need a physical ed course. Another advantage is, you would pay for your classes by credits per semester rather than monthly in dues at a dojo. Depending on how much per credit you are charged it may be cheaper to go through your school, and it would fit perfectly into your class schedule.

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    find a bunch of guys who train similar (but different) stuff than you do.

    get everybody together to spar once a week.

    great great learning opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juszczec View Post
    find a bunch of guys who train similar (but different) stuff than you do.

    get everybody together to spar...
    Spoiler:

    make sure you videotape it too :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by gral View Post
    hello japanese forum. im gonna be heading off to college in 2 years or so and when i do i'll have to quit my current martial art. recently i've been thinking of doing judo when i pick up a new one. i was just wondering if any of you have any ideas on what would be something nice to pick up while at college.
    may i ask what your motivation is?
    self defense
    sport/competition
    esoteric education/enjoyment

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    Quote Originally Posted by gral View Post
    hello japanese forum. im gonna be heading off to college in 2 years or so and when i do i'll have to quit my current martial art. recently i've been thinking of doing judo when i pick up a new one. i was just wondering if any of you have any ideas on what would be something nice to pick up while at college.
    may i ask what your motivation is?
    self defense
    sport/competition
    esoteric enjoyment/education

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