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    Is this a good karate school?

    I've been training at Tiger Schulmann but decided not to continue because it's so freaking expensive, so I'm on the hunt for a new school. I've posted a few other choices in the past and you guys helped me avoid some McDojos. I checked some of them out in person and was not impressed. This place seems pretty good from the website and I'm planning to go there in the next couple of days to check it out. I know nothing about Seido though, so what do you all think from checking out this guy's site?

    www.sanaseido.com

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    Looking at it for all of 10 seconds I saw:
    poses that would get your ass kicked in a fight
    "junior blackbelts"
    the words "grandmaster and founder of blahblahblah"

    I'm not sure what you're looking for so this krotty might be prefect for you, but I wouldn't go there looking for fight training.

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    This would make me very nervous. If you see fancy flying spinning techniques, it is a good indication that the style has little basis in real world self defense. Do they do contact sparring? Grappling? If not, it's pretty much just sylish aerobics.

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    Is this a good karate school?

    I'm going to say no........

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm not looking to be the next Bruce Lee or whoever, but I am looking to learn practical self defense. I'm 39 and am taking up MA for the first time, so it's more about self defense and staying in shape than anything else. This place doesn't seem to have grappling, but they do have an adult kumite class which I'm assuming has some sparring.

    There's also a kickboxing/muay thai place that I'm going to check out after Thanksgiving. At my age, I'm not even sure I can handle that, but it doesn't hurt to check it out anyway.

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    Your never too old to learn boxing/MT. Sure your not going to become the next top contender, but as long as you can stand and punch in the air, you can stand and spar or stand and punch a bag.

    The place above doesn't look like what you want though. If your really heart set on karate though just look for a kyokushin karate school or make sure they do lots of sparing if you go elsewhere. The self defense goals will just not be realized without lots and lots of realistic sparing (instead of point sparing).

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    Go and watch the kumite class and see what goes on. Then watch the muay thai/kickboxing place sparring. Decide for yourself which looks more like it would prepare you for a real fight.

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    Seido...as in the awesome offshoot of kyokushin...

    http://www.seido.com/01_about_seido/kaicho.htm

    I think you'll probably get what you want and much more from this style...

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    http://www.armlock.com/ looks like a really great BJJ school in New Jersey. just try a couple of classes and try not getting hooked.

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    That DOES look like a good school...too far north unfortunately. :(

    But the muay thai/BJJ school that is close to me looks pretty good too. I've been in touch with the guy who runs it and he seems like the real deal. He has quite a few pro fights under his belt. www.cornerstonemartialarts.net

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