Dang, thanks so much for replying.
Originally Posted by poidog
Unfortunately right now my Monday evening is taken up by Judo and I work every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evening as a security guard. Perhaps I could figure out a way to make it to the Saturday or Sunday classes, if I can find the time.
Where does the Sat/Sun NoHo group meet?
If you could maybe shoot me a PM with your email and/or other contact info that would be awesome.
Presas apparently settled in my hometown, and I found a student of his to take classes with for a year. The guy was predominantly an aikido teacher and the classes were just as you say: aikido flavoured stick swinging. No sparring. I don't count it when I consider my background in martial arts.
Originally Posted by Chili Pepper
The "Modern Arnis" label on its own isn't necessarily a red flag, nor is the fact that its been taught by an Aikidoka. (One of the top Modern Arnis guys in the UK is both an Aikido and Modern Arnis teacher, he's reasonably badass and his guys spar hard).
That said, if the alternative is DBMA under a bunch of full Dog Brothers then its not even a choice.
You know, modern arnis and aikido are paired at my school as well...seems like an awful lot of Modern Arnis is paired with Aikido (based on responses to this thread, if nothing else)...anyone know if that was an intentional thing?
Originally Posted by Fuzzy
Modern Arnis is often taught in a seminar format, aikido schools often host such seminars from various arts (there's a local aikido/systema place around here).
Originally Posted by Keslet
Yah, I've met some decent Modern Arnis people, but also a lot of very bad ones. Remy was famous for spreading the art, but he also certified a lot of people in seminars, many of whom shouldn't be instructing anyone.
Honestly, even with the Inosanto system, I've seen a pretty broad range of ability as well. From very competent fighters, to total non-fighters who do a lot of patterned drill dancing.
I'd guess that any of the more widespread systems will have teachers with a broad range of ability and fighting aptitude.
Just observe, ask if they spar, and give them the old eyeball test. As a judoka, you should have pretty good judgement as to what looks like its a live art with good combative application, even if you know anything about stickfighting.
Anyone have info on the North Hollywood Dog Bros group that Poidog mentioned meeting on Saturdays and Sundays? I haven't been successful in contacting him about it and am very interested in it.
Thanks, you're all lovely.
Try Nick Papadakis, contact info listed at:
Originally Posted by Krijgsman
Cool, I will try him next. Thanks :)
Originally Posted by blindside
The last Beat the Crap out of Cancer in LA was held in the back of Valley Martial Arts in North Hollywood, and they stock Bloodsport's gear, so if you're in the area you could ask them who to contact.