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    Newbie Introduction

    Hello, Not sure if this is in the right section, but...

    I'm Mitchell, I'm a newbie. I've been loosely interested in Martial Arts for a LONG time, since I was a kid.

    I trained a little bit in Tae Kwon Do, and a little bit in Soh Bakh Doh, and read a few books by I think Stephen Hayes, or someone like that, on Ninjutsu.

    Never really got past a few low ranks, never got into board kicking...

    Anyone know any good schools they recommend, in Alabama, and especially near Birmingham?

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    Hi.
    I'm sure Omega will give you a proper welcome soon.

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    Well, personaly I would just get a phone book, or yellow pages...and search for schools. Go on google and search a few up. Visit a few that you think you might like, and see if they are worth it.

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    Is it even possible that he's not a troll?

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    Originally posted by IamBaytor
    Is it even possible that he's not a troll?
    No, it is not.

    Waiting for Omega to greet him is kind of like waiting for Barry Bonds to shuffle up to a ball placed on a tee. We know where this is going....
    Last edited by punchingdummy; 9/30/2004 11:19pm at .

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    Originally posted by Chris.B
    Well, personaly I would just get a phone book, or yellow pages...and search for schools. Go on google and search a few up. Visit a few that you think you might like, and see if they are worth it.
    This can't be emphasized enough. Investigate, investigate, investigate. Watch multiple classes. Ask the sifu/sensei/kru/etc. questions - do you have to pay for belt tests? Is the emphasis on combat, fitness, or philosophy?

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    Re: Newbie Introduction

    Originally posted by LordMitchell
    Hello, Not sure if this is in the right section, but...

    I'm Mitchell, I'm a newbie. I've been loosely interested in Martial Arts for a LONG time, since I was a kid.

    I trained a little bit in Tae Kwon Do, and a little bit in Soh Bakh Doh, and read a few books by I think Stephen Hayes, or someone like that, on Ninjutsu.

    Never really got past a few low ranks, never got into board kicking...

    Anyone know any good schools they recommend, in Alabama, and especially near Birmingham?
    Welcome to bullshido. Use the school finder on www.mma.tv

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    If your interested in standup, try World Oyama Karate in Homewood. It is a kyokushin offshoot. They still put on regular competitions with the same rules. It is on the southern border of Birmingham. They also have schools in Chelsea and Trussville. For stand-up there isn't really much else in Birmingham. Its in the book.

    There is a BJJ instructor--"Samuel Picculo" or something like that, in the area. He is a brown belt. He is pretty good, but some don't like his teaching style. Take a few lessons if you're interested and make your own assessment. There is also a purple belt in Vincent, James Srygley. He is the police chief down there and runs a club. He is probably a brown belt level but there isn't anyone around to promote him. He is super nice and a great instructor and the guys are very friendly, but it is a pretty good drive. I think Samuel is in the book. James isn't but his website is Southernbjj.com.

    I would be pretty cynical about anything else in the B'ham area. I did MA in the area for about 15 years there, but it has been about 4 years since I've been in town so things could have changed. Hope this helps.

    Also, expect some serious hazing on the forum---it goes with being a noobie.
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    "Soh Bakh Doh" - sounds like something from the sound of music.

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