As far as I'm aware, they closed down out here and moved to San Fran, I think. I thought they were here as well, but I haven't been able to find anything about them recently (including how to get a hold of them).
This place was highly recommended to me by a long-time tomiki aikido practitioner:
I know nothing of tai chi *g*
There's some pretty good grappling schools around the valley.
Megaton runs a gym out here: http://teammegaton.net
There's a Relson Gracie school: http://www.graciearizona.com/
same location does judo/JJJ with different instructors: http://www.phoenixgrappling.com/
MT/BJJ here I've heard good things about: http://www.azcombatsports.com/
More of the same here (ignore the TKD, they got bills to pay): http://www.sitangymaz.com/
PM me if you're looking for something different, like Tangent I've looked around quite a bit myself trying to find a school.
And yeah, the overwhelming amount of bullshido/McDojoism in the valley can be annoying.
Huge amount of bullshido.
Well, I currently train at this place: http://www.ritctrainingcenter.com/home.htm
It's a mixed martial arts gym. They have instructors for Muay Thai, BJJ (gi and no-gi), escrima, and MMA. The facility is nice.
I checked out www.azcombatsports.com but didn't like it as much as RITC. It is almost identical in terms of curriculum, but bigger and has more students.
Rick Roufus has a kickboxing school in Tempe, also, and a website (that I can't remember).
Megaton's place looks good too, and I was going to check it out but never got around to it.
Huh, RITC is pretty close to my house. I might have to check them out. Looks like they haven't updated in awhile though, the guy says he's still training Gilbert Aldana.
Thanks again guys, these links are all very helpful to me.
Cool man, well like I said, I train there currently, so if you decide to come out, PM me and let me know.
There are some really good wing chun teachers in phoenix. That will help you understand its practicality in the street. I would personally look for an 8-step Mantis class but Im pretty sure there isn't one in Phoenix unless it opened fairly recently.
No not really.
Originally Posted by seriousmantid
I would personally look for an 8-step Mantis class but Im pretty sure there isn't one in Phoenix unless it opened fairly recently.
Thank you, not interested in Wing Chun though... I've done it in the past and am looking for something different.
Originally Posted by seriousmantid
I’ve been living and training in Arizona since I moved here in 1996. The following is a pretty comprehensive list of grappling, mma, and a few boxing and kickboxing schools available in the Phoenix (and Tucson) area. I’m sure that I probably have missed a few but the way schools have been opening (and closing) around here it’s hard to keep track of them all.
Be forewarned I would venture that a good 90% of the schools around are crap. Every guy with mats and some rental space (or garage) has some sort of “school” or “fight team” now. Every other Karate and TKD school around now claims to be offering “grappling” or “mma” classes too. There are a few places (that shall remain nameless, I don’t feel like receiving any hate mail right now) that look like a million bucks but you won’t learn **** training there. Many are relying on conning the ignorant, figuring that they can fool the uninformed into believing that if the place looks real nice (or if they give a good sales pitch) it must be good. There are some real shady operators out there trying to cash in on the current mma boom, although I imagine you could probably make that same claim about martial arts in general and not be too far off.
Many/most will try to get you to sign a contract, some are pretty damn expensive too (anywhere from $90 to upwards of $180+ per month) in addition to sign up and association fees. Some may be worth the price others are definitely not worth even half of what they may be charging and others you couldn’t pay me to train at all.
This should keep you busy for a while.
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