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    Grappling clubs in Toronto

    Hi,

    I'm looking to join a grappling club/gym (Judo, Wrestling, or BJJ) in Toronto, and am leaning toward Minoru Dojo. I've heard they have the strongest judo in the city.

    The commute will be a bit of a bitch though.

    I live at Dundas and University. Does anyone know of any good grappling clubs/gyms in that area that might not be on the internet?

    Which clubs have the best reputation in Toronto?

    Also, check this out:
    http://www.turningpointtrainingmethods.com/

    It claims to be MMA, but the website is so sparse that it seems a little sketchy to me. Anyone heard of it?

    Thanks in advance

    -Adam

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    You can't judge clubs by their websites, but you can certainly judge their scale.

    I haven't heard anything about Minoru, but for what it's worth I train at the U of T Judo club sometimes and it's pretty good for a recreational club. Each class is 30 minutes of conditioning, 30 minutes groundwork, 30 minutes throwing practice and 30 minutes of randori (no groundwork). Definitely check out that Minoru place, though.

    My school is just north of Yonge & Lawrence and has BJJ for 90+ minutes every weekday night and Saturdays at noon. Trial class is $20 and we spend 60% to 100% of the night rolling. Space limitations make takedown practice infrequent or at least restricted to nights with very few people.
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    I think the White Tiger Jujitsu club taught by Mark Stables might be alright, if you take a visit. I think it's at 570 King Street West... but I'm not sure

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    Yeah, that's the downtown arm of Rebellion Jujutsu.

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    I'll check out Mark Stables ' club, thanks. I've heard of a grappling club supposedly around Queen and Spadina that is so filthy that someone kept getting horrible infections until he stopped training. I'll make sure this place isn't it.

    Shumagorath, I sometimes wish I went to U of T, because they have both Judo and Wrestling, two things I would definitely do if Ryerson had them. All Ryerson has is karate (which I have a black blet in already, and am sick of the katas), wing chun and kickboxing.

    Do you have any contact information for the club at Yonge & Lawrence? (Or are you the contact?) If it's near the subway then it's all good. I'd rather take a subway than a streetcar.

    Also: What do you guys think about recieving instruction from Purple Belts or Brown Belts in BJJ? Is that generally considered qualified enough?

    EDITS: Clarifications, added question
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    One of our club's purple belts has his own school. If they come from a respected instructor than you have nothing to fear.

    Anyway, I train at Shah Franco Martial Arts. Adult BJJ classes are every weekday night at 8PM sharp. 3385A Yonge St. (Yonge & Golfdale), Telephone (416) 256-9952.

    I wrote a dojo review for them but it's outdated and somewhat ignorant since I wrote it after a trial class. However, Shah is a 6th Dan in Shotokan Karate and a BJJ black belt. Our Sherdog team listing is here.

    I won't be there until Wednesday night due to deadlines.

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    Minoru has a great reputation amongst the people at my MT gym.
    Regards,
    CrimsonTiger

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    One guy gets sword and sheild, the other gets a net and a trident.
    Lions eat christians between rounds." - Strong Machine

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    1. Judo club trains 6 days a week, 3 hours a day.
    Not exactly in your area but a serious club.

    http://www.jccc.on.ca/classact/indexmartial.shtml

    2. Wrestling club Downtown - Trains 3 days a week downtown at parliament and wellesley - and twice at the UofT.

    thunderolympicwrestling@hotmail.com

    3. BJJ CLUB - DOWNTOWN - Trains 5 days a week.

    www.bjj.ca

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    hello

    so bro, did u find a place? cuz i live pretty close too, and i wanna find a place to train..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakethesnake View Post
    so bro, did u find a place? cuz i live pretty close too, and i wanna find a place to train..
    That's one hell of a thread necro. The OP was 5 years ago.

    I also see that it was your first post - welcome! Head over to Newbie town and introduce yourself.

    Regarding grappling in Toronto, I have a few questions...
    - any particular art/sport/style that interests you most?
    - where do you live and how far can you travel?
    - recreational or competitive?

    All the posts from 5 years ago are probably still valid, so you could start there. I train at a recreational judo club called Ronin Judo, around Lansdowne and Davenport.

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