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    Looking for School in Northern Maryland

    Moving to Northern Maryland (so Southern-Central PA is within range as well) this next summer.

    Have had a great experience at the Miyama-Ryu Dojo that Team Link also works out at on the recommendation from users on this site and would continue with it if I wasn't moving. So I thought I'd tap the resources here again to see what's out there.

    My fitness level and stamina is pretty good from other activities, but my flexibility isn't the greatest so I'm unlikely going to do well with anything with high kicking.

    I'm game to try almost anything because outside of the last year my experience with unarmed martial arts is zero. I gravitate towards the self-defense aspects over sport (I work in a not-so nice environment/area and am not allowed to carry any weapons) and am looking for a school with some good instruction.

    Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

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    Where exactly in Maryland?

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    Probably either near Cockeysville or Lutherville-Timonium area....more likely the former. I don't mind driving a little bit, especially for a good program, though ideally I'd like to stay within 30 minutes in a direction.
    Last edited by BryanW; 10/04/2012 1:54pm at . Reason: clarification on where I'd drive to

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    I know a guy.

    Lemme ask.

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    Much appreciated. Any options/knowledge of good schools in the area would be great. I see a ton of places on google, but most looks like cheesy strip-mall TKD and Kung Fu taught by someone like Jim Carrey and I have no idea where to start even.

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    Continuing to look....lots of places in the area but not sure if any are decent. These look fairly close by. To me its less about the style and more about the instruction. Any thoughts?

    http://www.wrightsonbjj.com
    http://www.shotokankarateofmd.com/
    http://www.questhapkido.com/

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    Still would absolutely love some advice...I think I narrowed it down to these two unless anyone has any suggestions one way or another.

    http://www.teammarylandbjj.com
    http://www.wrightsonbjj.com

    Looks like one is an affiliate of Lloyd Irvin and the other is a Relson Gracie academy with Jason Morris overseeing the Judo side. I can't seem to find much on their striking classes but they both seem to have some element there either Muay Thai or some other "striking class".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanW View Post
    Still would absolutely love some advice...I think I narrowed it down to these two unless anyone has any suggestions one way or another.

    http://www.teammarylandbjj.com
    http://www.wrightsonbjj.com

    Looks like one is an affiliate of Lloyd Irvin and the other is a Relson Gracie academy with Jason Morris overseeing the Judo side. I can't seem to find much on their striking classes but they both seem to have some element there either Muay Thai or some other "striking class".
    I don't know **** about either one of them. But at this point in your search you need to have your boots hit the ground and go check them both out. Both should have equal enough quality instruction that at this point you need to see where you are going to be a better fit. See which group of people you jive most with, which ones scheduling meets your needs the best. The biggest thing though by far is which gym your going to enjoy the most cause that is whats going to keep you going back.

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    Totally agree. More just seeing if anyone knew anything about either before I go or if there was a good place I should also be looking at that I've missed in my search.

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