Need an opinion.
I'm in a bad situation.
I'm over the shock of PCSing and getting settled in at Ft. Lee, and I'm about ready to start looking at schools around here. Ft. Lee has no combatives class to speak of, and the closest Savate place is a pretty long drive down to North Carolina
The best I can tell from the past three or four days of Googling and surfing the Yellow Pages, these are the options within a workable drive from here:
"Okinawa Kenpo" Karate
Two or three Karate schools with no style listed
"Martial Arts World"
Two or three TKD places
"Living Waters Martial Arts"
And that's about it.
I guess I'll go take a look at the schools, but I know very little to nothing about the available martial arts. I hate all that bowing to your leader/Asian philosophy **** with a passion, but I dont think I have a choice.
So, any opinions?
I daresay many places are pretty laid back about bowing. Its more of a respect thing for fellow students/ teachers. Much like saluting Officers in the military except you shouldn't get your ass kicked if you forget. In other words you shoudln't worry about it to much, and niether should they really.
I dont really know much about any of the above arts either, but it would really depend on what you're looking for...
Originally Posted by syberia
Truthfully, I was hoping for Judo, because I've always wanted to try it but never had the opportunity.
But what I want out of the MA is no-bullshit practical training.
To hell with the histories of such-and-**** and who-the-****...
To hell with channeling or throwing balls of chi
I want to learn something, try it live with someone, and learn it again.
I want fighting to be part of my training, no point in training to fight if you dont fight...
...thats like learning to play baseball every day and never playing a game..
To figure out weather or not thier about throwing chi you'll have to go look into them i daresay. I learn from Shaolin monks for example and i never hear anything about Chi from them. Mabey email them all and ask about sparring etc? Karate tends to spar though, dont they, mabey one of those places will be good.
Check out your local YMCA. It seems like every YMCA in America comes pre-equipped with one, so there's a good chance your's will have one too.
There is a World Oyama Dojo in Hopewell, VA.
Originally Posted by RegularJoe
They are a Kyokushin Karate Offshoot and train hard. They are a bit McDojo but not bullshido.
Are we to assume Richmond is too far? I'm seeing lots of schools in Richmond.
Originally Posted by WhiteShark
With the time I get off work, and being engaged to get married, while on a military paycheck that's not friendly on the gas tank, it makes Richmond a bit of a hike to be going on a regular basis.
Originally Posted by ffsparky26
What makes them McDojoish?
*Goes off to search the forum*
McDojo just means a large, structured, corporate-styled school. This does not mean that what they teach is bad (bullshido). It's just not a down and dirty hole in the wall gym that is run informally.