Posted On:9/12/2002 11:40am
hey everyone, i'm a newb to martial arts, took a few years of TKD when I was 8 =P, other than that, no experience. However, I'm gonna be going to college soon at UCSD (university of california san diego) and there are a few martial arts classes I'm interested in. I've been doing my research, and I've decided that grappling is the way to go (for striking purposes, my roommate's gonna be teaching me some kung fu, and before any of you say anything, what have I got to lose, right? hahah) anyhow, they offer a BJJ and a Judo class and I was just wondering, what should I look for when I'm sitting in for a few classes? I'd like real word application of course, but I wouldn't mind a sport competition factor too, just for the fact of getting in shape, and disciplining the body. But yeah, what should I look for/pay attention to? Thanks for your help guys!
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Posted On:9/12/2002 12:54pm
Style: BJJ, Karate,
Look for a qualified instructor first. You can find a list of them on the net. Where are you going to school? The classes will probably have some technical aspects, such as drills, following the warm up and then some actual grappling time.
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Posted On:9/12/2002 1:12pm
I'm going to school at University of California San Diego. I've tried to find some 411 on the instructors, but haven't had any luck, maybe someone else can do a quick search for me? Thanks! The BJJ instructor at UCSD is John Le and the Judo instructor is Lyman Connolly
Posted On:9/12/2002 2:39pm
I live in San Diego. I'd be happy to point you to a few instructors that I know here. They're more on the Kung Fu and Kajukembo side, but if you're interested, I'll introduce you.
Posted On:9/12/2002 3:09pm
I'll have one of my blackbelts down in the area check for you and I'll get back to you as soon as possible on their credentials.
Posted On:9/12/2002 4:06pm
Thanks so much Groganer and Michael! You guys rock!
Groganer: I'm not really looking into formal instruction for kung fu, as of yet. My roommate is a second degree black belt in praying mantis style(with some shaolin) kung fu and he has good instructing experience so we'll see how far he takes me, and if it's something I want to pursue, I might look into formal instruction. Thanks anyway though!
Michael: THanks a lot! Would you happen to know anyone who actually goes to UCSD that is involved in the club there? Because it would be awesome to get some firsthand advice, and maybe a training partner. =)
Posted On:9/12/2002 4:20pm
Yeah, actually my sister is supposed to be going there but that's an entirely different story that we won't address.
Posted On:9/12/2002 4:26pm
well, it's cool that your sister is goin to UCSD too...though I don't think she'd be a good grappling training partner for me, no offense.
Posted On:9/12/2002 4:52pm
How do you know she wouldn't be a good grappling/training partner? We had a girl on our wrestling team who was pretty good for a light weight.
Plus, there's more to grab on to, if you know what I'm saying....
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