Thread: Moving to San Francisco
5/14/2005 11:48am, #1
Moving to San Francisco
Finally, it looks like all my plans have been finalized and everything is allset.
Right now, I am in the process of getting rid of pretty much everything that I own. In two weeks, I will get in my car with the remainder of my posessions (books and clothes mostly) and move my ass over to San Francisco.
I've been needing a change of scenery and perspective for a while and now's finally the time.
In any case, are any of you currently living and training there? I am looking for a Bjj/Vale-Tudo/MMA school in the city. I'm primarily interested in grappling (both gi and no-gi) but am looking to add some MMA training in the near future. The good news is that I will mostly be workng from home, so I won't have to worry about things like bruises and black eyes unless I have to fly around for meetings with clients and whatnot which should not happen too often.
I know that both Charles and Ralph Gracie have schools in the area, but I'm a bit worried about all the drama that always surrounds those two.
Ideas? Suggestions?You say what about my rice?
5/14/2005 12:09pm, #2
- Join Date
- Aug 2004
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Sandbagged BJJ white belt
I'm sure there will be lotsa guys willing to grapple you no-gi. Harday har har...I pointed at him [the panhandler], bringing my rear hand up in a subtle approximation of the double Wu Sau guard that is the default hand position in Wing Chun Kung Fu.
"Step away," I hissed.
5/14/2005 1:25pm, #3
5/14/2005 1:27pm, #4
I was actually thinking that most people would resist the urge to post it for that very reason. Unfortunately, I was wrong.You say what about my rice?
5/14/2005 1:44pm, #5
This is quite easy too. My only advice is that if you´re going to San Francisco, make sure to wear some flowers in your hair :XXhippylo
5/14/2005 1:54pm, #6Originally Posted by Lights OutYou say what about my rice?
5/14/2005 2:39pm, #7
I visited Ralph's school while I was in San Francisco, and it wasn't bad. Lots of good sparring partners. I don't know how you feel about the Gracie clan, but you could do a lot worse. Consider waiting until you actually move, and then check out Chinatown and Little Japan. Both are quite dense with schools. I'll be moving up for school at UC Berkley in a year, perhaps I'll see you there.
Definately ask around the Castro for sparring partners. Wear low-riders. (I had to.)
5/14/2005 4:24pm, #8
Ralph has a good team it seems. I will pay him a visit and make up my mind based on what I see. I would _love_ to train with Ceasar, but he's just too far away, I think.
Thanks for the advice.You say what about my rice?
5/14/2005 4:28pm, #9
Best of luck. Any idea where you're going to end up living in San Francisco? My fiance's father owns a number of buildings, which may speed up your search for an apartment; I'd be willing to give him a buzz if it's needed. It can be extremely difficult to find a place your average non-millionaire can afford.
(About the Castro thing: it's actually one of the more fun areas to hang out in. Assuming that you don't freak out about people's sexuality.)
5/14/2005 4:42pm, #10Originally Posted by Lights Out
Originally Posted by Tiffer
Chinatown is "dense with schools"? Coulda fooled me. I trained there for 8 years but if ti wasn't for the Yau Kung Men or whatever they were called showing up for parades and such I never would have known there was even another single school there but mine....er...and that bagua guy who used to have an add hanging off of the 2nd floor in that building abouve the big parking garage between Sacramento and California...or was it a block north of there. But none of that is going to be MMA/Vale Tudo anyways. I expect the same for Japantown.
Best fighter around town for stand up is probably Chris Chan. I would so love to get a review of his WC school on here. The place could use a positive example. Still not MMA though.
I seem to remember a Kyokshin place or one of it's offshoots just north of North Beach.Fighting evil and upholding justice in blue silk pajamas baby!
Bah!!! Puny Humans.