Every instructor will tell you what is and isn't effective in a real fight. The problem is that most of the time they're wrong. They don't have the slightest idea what would work because they've never been in a fight and their style has never been put to the test. Their knowledge of what does and doesn't work is passed down from their instructors, who also never fought.
Originally Posted by Bob the Ninja
I know where you train from previous conversations. I have trained with several of the guys who are senior members of the school, although it's been about 4 years since I visited. Honestly, the curriculum there at that time was the typical weak training that is usually associated with ninjutsu, to shin do, etc. There are much better places in the area to train if you want to have usable fighting skill. They'll also charge you about 1/2 the price.
Your school does have one thing going for it. One of your head instructors has actually stepped up and tested himself in MMA a couple of times and he did very well. So, he is familiar with the realities of fighting.
But, here's the dirty little secret. Guess where he really learned to fight? At the BJJ school that is located in the back of the fitness center in the same shopping center as your school. (Two doors down, I think). He's a blue belt in BJJ, and he wouldn't have the skills for MMA without his other training.
The question is whether what he has learned is filtering down to the students of his school, or if he is teaching his students the same old BS while pursuing more effective training for himself. I don't know the answer to that question, since I haven't visited in a while. I have heard through the grapevine that they've been doing some rolling there about once a week, which is a start.
One thing that is a little disappointing is that it looks like BJJ isn't getting any credit for what they're doing there. For instance, they continue to refer to the grappling as jutaijutsu instead of BJJ, which is kind of shitty, I think. But anyway, maybe some realistic training will filter down from him, or maybe he'll just take your money and let you pretend to be a ninja. I don't know. Just something to think about.
Thanks for the information, I've been searching for a good place for years. Can you recommend some places? I'm going to check into the BJJ place you mentioned ASAP. You can PM me, if you'd rather.
Originally Posted by LORD ASIA
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The key to fighting two men at once is to be much tougher than both of them.
They'll show me a lot of the stuff they've been going over and new things they picked up, I've been doing some Gyokko Ryu stuff with Jim and Ron a good bit too since they need it for nidan. Not that much though, to be honest.
Originally Posted by Virus
Thanks, Virus! I'll put up video as soon as I do some real sparring! Can't wait!!
Originally Posted by Virus
After reading these last few posts I realized where you were talking about. I train at the BJJ place right next to the NC questcenter. You should really come check us out.
I wll do so. You know, I didn't even know they had any kind of martial art there, and I didn't even think there was any BJJ in the area...I was resigned to TKD until I found To Shin Do. I'll be in next week, I have a link to the website now! Thanks!
Originally Posted by Proximus
There's such a thing as geriatric senility, and even the most ninja-esque of us humans is suceptible to it. I feel bad for the old guy - but at least he's going out enjoying what he does.
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