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    New to MA - guidance please! (Melbourne, Australia)

    Hi all

    So I've read the FAQ and the article such, hopefully won't annoy too many people who've already learnt how to kick people's arses.

    Like many of you, I'm looking at getting into martial arts, but I'm massively turned off by the contracts, paying for belts, schools requiring you purchase their uniforms (how does this teach me better?) or anything else that is about money and not teaching.

    The article tells me how to avoid bad schools, and not so much where the good schools are. And I'm thinking the only way to find a good one is to either visit loads of them and rule them out, or, find recommendations

    But I'm not sure if what I'm looking for exists

    Style-wise, I want anything that is practical and will actually let me beat someone if they try to beat me up. Also fitness and confidence and all that. And I respect the traditional martial arts, but open to any.

    Otherwise, are there schools in the western world that don't do contracts, don't charge for grading, and aren't about belts? I'm thinking the martial arts equivalent of a one on one guitar teacher. Karate kid if you will, except not bullshit.

    Does this type of school exist? Anyone know of any in Melbourne?

    If it doesn't, then what's the next best thing?

    Cheers very much.

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    G'day dropspace, welcome to the site! Be sure to read all the stickies (the ones titled 'Dropspace! READ ME!!!!') as they contain all the different rules for the different forums.

    Whereabouts in Melbourne are you? Might help someone who knows hipster-city a little better regarding local gyms.

    Also any preference for striking/grappling? Both? Either way, what you'll want to look for is aliveness in the training, that is resistance to techniques in drilling as well as full sparring/randori/rolling.

    Also, here are a few threads that might get you started, some are a bit old so may not be relevant anymore but could be a good starting point.

    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=93857
    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=27714
    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=118761
    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=17523
    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=79968
    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=29005
    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=14553
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    Quote Originally Posted by cualltaigh View Post
    Also any preference for striking/grappling? Both? Either way, what you'll want to look for is aliveness in the training, that is resistance to techniques in drilling as well as full sparring/randori/rolling.
    Welcome to Bullshido dropspace. Like Cualltaigh said above, we need to know a little more about your preferences in order to be truly helpful. I see that you mentioned self defense, but we would be in a better position to help you if we knew you leaned more toward striking or grappling.

    For your information, it is hard to find a decent sport combatives school besides maybe Judo and boxing that doesn't use contracts. I'm afraid they're a bit of an industry standard these days.

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    You really couldn't go wrong to go with Judo and Boxing

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    where in melbourne are you or are you willing to travel?
    Whitsunday Martial Arts Airlie Beach North Queensland.
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    Thanks for the responses!

    Not sure about striking vs grappling or both, but whatever is more practical (street-wise), which I'm assuming is both?

    Also I'm Doncaster-area, but willing to travel.

    And slightly intimidated by full contact but I suppose that'll pass (and part of the point)

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    You really couldn't go wrong to go with Judo and Boxing
    What goodlun said ^^^^^^^. And Welcome to Bullshido.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dropspace View Post
    Thanks for the responses!

    Not sure about striking vs grappling or both, but whatever is more practical (street-wise), which I'm assuming is both?

    Also I'm Doncaster-area, but willing to travel.

    And slightly intimidated by full contact but I suppose that'll pass (and part of the point)
    I am in Melbourne, but am based further out in the south-eastern suburbs. While I cannot speak as to the quality of too many MA centres in your area, if you are interested in Judo can recommend (by reference) the Diamond Valley Judo Club in Greensborough. There are a number of other clubs listed on the Judo Victoria web page at http://www.judovictoria.com.au

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