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    Which BJJ schools in NYC are legit?

    OK, so I am having trouble wading through the profit-driven schools in New York City. I need a few good BJJ schools in NYC from which I can learn practical street defense. I have 6 months to learn this self defense, which isn't much, so I need efficiency.

    I did a search but didn't see any threads ranking NYC schools. I can't believe these McDojos succeed btw. Unreal. But I do get it because most people are unaware that there is a difference in instruction quality. Regardless, I always ask about aliveness training, which no school has said no to, yet still these McDojos are prevalent and I need some help.

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    marcelo garcia's gym is world class. so is renzo gracie's, and so is alliance. one of my friends really enjoys training at clockwork, but if it was me, i would train with the best available coaches unless their schedule was unworkable for me (fat chance of that, marcelo offers classes all the time.)
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    Does location matter? Can you get to any of the gyms in NY without a problem.

    Don't forget Sambosteve's school. Link to the thread here reviewing his school: http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=64602

    Link to the school's website: http://www.nycombatsambo.com/

    Sambo covers the standing and ground ranges. Most BJJ schools do not teach the standing range as well as Sambo does.

    Edit: I could say the same for Judo having a better standing game than BJJ.
    Shut the hell up and train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsem View Post
    I need a few good BJJ schools in NYC from which I can learn practical street defense. I have 6 months to learn this self defense, which isn't much, so I need efficiency.
    What's happening in six months?

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    Thanks everyone... To answer your question, in six months I will be taking a teaching job overseas and have been warned that it is dangerous and that I should be able to handle myself. Thus why I need good instruction quickly.

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    i agree with jnp that ny combat sambo might be your best choice for self defense training, especially with just 6 months to train.
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    I've read that Sambo is a weak martial art. I'm guessing you guys disagree? DO they teach grappling? Also, I was going to mix boxing or judo with my BJJ training. Should I do some other combo? Like Sambo boxing? Or jiu jitsu Sambo?

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    bsem, I'm afraid that you are rather ignorant. Sambo = weak?? Where do you hear this kind of ****? Assume that the responses are from serious people and that you are being given good advice by martial artists and go train, today, get off the computer and go to a Sambo class, or the BJJ mentioned, or both if you have the time, or just go train in a few different schools and check them out (FIRST read the stickies at the top of the page on finding a school).

    Sometimes people seem to enjoy debating what combo of styles rocks the boat the best, Muay Thai plus Escrima plus boxing plus BJJ plus Judo plus blah blah blah. This is a waste of time.
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    But I am curious, where are you going to teach?

    What I'm wondering about is the condition of danger you envision. Fighting is to be avoided, if at all possible. Never think of self-defense as a fight. You have much more to lose that the aggressive guy. Escape is #1. Do you envision macho street fights? Forget about it.

    Or muggings? If approached by muggers it would usually be smart to give them your wallet. Random attacks by criminals? Can you carry double shoulder holder knives (ones that hang on your back)? A $250.00 belt buckle knife? A gun? Street punk/hippies kids and such often cut open their pant pocket and carry a blade tied to their thigh that is easy to get to and hidden. Learning martial arts does give one an advantage, but taping a razor to your wrist (and not being too freaked to use it) would work better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsem View Post
    I've read that Sambo is a weak martial art. I'm guessing you guys disagree? DO they teach grappling? Also, I was going to mix boxing or judo with my BJJ training. Should I do some other combo? Like Sambo boxing? Or jiu jitsu Sambo?
    just go take a class at NYCS, they cover all ranges, you don't need to train anywhere else.
    "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
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    "Without actual qualifications to be a Zen teacher, your instructor is just another roundeye raping Asian culture for a buck." - Errant108
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