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    Judo in NYC

    Believe it or not, I'm having a hard time finding a place to train in NYC.

    I just moved to the city and don't usually get out of work until after 6:00pm. I've checked out a number of Judo Clubs. But they are either all too expensive or I can't get to class because they start before I get out of work.

    As far as price goes, my previous dojo charged something like $70 a month. That is reasonable. But most, if not all, of the places I've seen in NYC want upwards of $200. Some are as high as $300. That is just insane to me. I don't make $100,000 a year. I can't afford to spend that kind of money.

    But I really want to train.

    The dojo that interests me the most is Oishi Judo. They seem to have a good reputation. But their class schedule does't fit my own and the price is a bit high.

    So, anybody know of any dojo in Manhattan that might fit? It really bums me out that I can't train due to financial reasons or because I can't make it to a 5:00 class.

    Thanks.

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    we have one class a week at 7:30 (wed) at kokushi budo, but the other days are at 5:40 (m) and 5:30 (fri)

    doesn't sound like a good fit.

    i thought matsumura sensei's classes at the macburney YMCA were at 6pm or later, and they are definitely reasonably priced.
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    I PMed Ming Loyalist, whom is both in New York and a Judoka. I also PMed Sambo Steve who, while teaching Sambo, may also know a dojo to recommend or....heaven forbid, you might look up his school and try playing a little sambo?

    Hopefully they, or others, can clock in with some suggestions.

    Good luck.

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    LOL.
    Ming posted while I was posting/PMing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ming Loyalist View Post
    we have one class a week at 7:30 (wed) at kokushi budo, but the other days are at 5:40 (m) and 5:30 (fri)

    doesn't sound like a good fit.

    i thought matsumura sensei's classes at the macburney YMCA were at 6pm or later, and they are definitely reasonably priced.
    Thanks.

    Yeah, I checked out the Macburney YMCA Judo Club. But the price is $280 for non-YMCA members. The class times work, though. They're at 8:30.

    The cost to join the YMCA is $200, plus $60 for Judo if you're a member. So I'd save $20. But still too expensive.

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    Adult Judo sessions at 5pm.

    Come on US Judo wake the **** up!

    Adults have jobs!

    Its not fucking difficult. If you have a job the absolute earliest you can leave is 5pm.

    So don't be a fucking idiot and start your adult class before 6pm.

    Adults not only have jobs they have children and families.

    Adults need to see their children before they go to bed and see their families.

    Adults often commute to where they work, very few adults live above their job.

    So set your adult session times in a resonsible manner that will facilitate adults.

    In the UK the average adult session start time is 8 pm.

    This gives your average UK adult time to finish work, commute home, put his kids to bed and then go to Judo.

    Anything earlier than 7pm, seriously, what the ****!

    Sort yourself out and stop taking the piss out of your adult members.

    Your adult members are the ones who will design and maintain your website fee of charge, your adult members are the ones who own vehicle rental companies that can take kids to tournaments for cut price rates, adult members are the ones who own printing or marketing companies who can get you high quality advertisement flyers across the city for a discount or for free. Adult members are qualified lawyers who can help you get a better lease deal. Adult members have capital to sponsor your club.

    Look after your adult members. Don't treat them like ****, treat them like the hardworking adults they are and take advantage of the vast benefits they offer.

    And don't take the piss by starting adult classes before 7pm.

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    Well, ok. A bit of a rant. But sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FourT6and2 View Post
    Thanks.

    Yeah, I checked out the Macburney YMCA Judo Club. But the price is $280 for non-YMCA members. The class times work, though. They're at 8:30.

    The cost to join the YMCA is $200, plus $60 for Judo if you're a member. So I'd save $20. But still too expensive.
    i think if you read the info on that page, the $280 is for three months which are paid for as a block.

    i might be wrong, but i'm pretty sure i'm right.
    "Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
    "When I was a little boy, I had a sailor suit, but it didn't mean I was in the Navy." - Mtripp on the subject of a 5 year old karate black belt
    "Without actual qualifications to be a Zen teacher, your instructor is just another roundeye raping Asian culture for a buck." - Errant108
    "Seriously, who gives a **** what you or Errant think? You're Asian males, everyone just ignores you, unless you're in a krotty movie." - new2bjj

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    Quote Originally Posted by judoka_uk View Post
    Adult Judo sessions at 5pm.

    Come on US Judo wake the **** up!

    Adults have jobs!

    Its not fucking difficult. If you have a job the absolute earliest you can leave is 5pm.

    So don't be a fucking idiot and start your adult class before 6pm.

    Adults not only have jobs they have children and families.

    Adults need to see their children before they go to bed and see their families.

    Adults often commute to where they work, very few adults live above their job.

    So set your adult session times in a resonsible manner that will facilitate adults.

    In the UK the average adult session start time is 8 pm.

    This gives your average UK adult time to finish work, commute home, put his kids to bed and then go to Judo.

    Anything earlier than 7pm, seriously, what the ****!

    Sort yourself out and stop taking the piss out of your adult members.

    Your adult members are the ones who will design and maintain your website fee of charge, your adult members are the ones who own vehicle rental companies that can take kids to tournaments for cut price rates, adult members are the ones who own printing or marketing companies who can get you high quality advertisement flyers across the city for a discount or for free. Adult members are qualified lawyers who can help you get a better lease deal. Adult members have capital to sponsor your club.

    Look after your adult members. Don't treat them like ****, treat them like the hardworking adults they are and take advantage of the vast benefits they offer.

    And don't take the piss by starting adult classes before 7pm.
    yeah, the classes at 5:30 and 5:40 are a pain to make. i was lucky enough to work very close to the dojo at my last job, so i could make it, and i made being able to shift my work hours on judo days a requirement before i accepted my current job.

    i don't know about you, but i wouldn't feel comfortable telling a kodokan hachidan that he was dumb to have his classes at the times he chose. he does attract a particularly dedicated group with that timing though, that's for sure.
    "Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
    "When I was a little boy, I had a sailor suit, but it didn't mean I was in the Navy." - Mtripp on the subject of a 5 year old karate black belt
    "Without actual qualifications to be a Zen teacher, your instructor is just another roundeye raping Asian culture for a buck." - Errant108
    "Seriously, who gives a **** what you or Errant think? You're Asian males, everyone just ignores you, unless you're in a krotty movie." - new2bjj

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ming Loyalist View Post
    i think if you read the info on that page, the $280 is for three months which are paid for as a block.

    i might be wrong, but i'm pretty sure i'm right.
    Ah, you're half right. That price is for 8 weeks (two months). So it comes to $140/month.

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