The mandatory? introduction
So- I run an internet search for some form of jujutsu and end up with a link to this site. I've spent quite a bit of idle time here and found it amusing and informative.
I have a background in Shotokan karate (about 20 years ago) and recently found a school teaching a derivative of Danzan Ryu jujutsu which they call kI Washi jujutsu (no- no mystical "ki" crap or any other bs). Been there for a few weeks, also attending their Taekwanjutsu classes, which, obviously, are a hybrid of TKD, Hapkido, and jujutsu.
I take the TKJ for additional fitness/flexibility, but have no illusions as to the effectiveness of the art or most of its practitioners in actual combat. I often hear the "We do it this way in class, but on the street this becomes...."
Thankfully, the jujutsu class trains much harder, and we seem to cycle between standing (throws/locks) and groundwork. I have enjoyed myself thus far.
I am looking for additional taining in other disciplines to round out my skills as time allows. Any other suggestions/warnings/comments welcomed.
Welcome to Bullshido, the best Martial Arts forum on the entire Internet, jsp1946. Seriously, you won't regret your choice to join us. We're a great bunch of folks, except for Hannibal. And Sirc. And TaiGip. And MMA Kid. And... well, you get the point.
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First of all, I'd recommend you take a look at the FAQ on finding a good martial arts school. In general, signs to look for are a competitive record, regular heavy contact sparring and 'aliveness' (if you're unfamiliar with the term, Matt Thornton has a long article on the topic describing what it is and why it's important: he is the man most associated with popularising the concept).
Originally Posted by jsp1946
If your interest is mainly in striking, the safest option if you want decent training is muay thai (which you'll also see as 'thai boxing'), along with martial arts like boxing and kyokushin karate. That's not to say there aren't good schools within other striking styles, but they tend to vary widely in quality.
If you're more interested in grappling, then BJJ would be an excellent choice, as the strong competitive element and ability-based ranking system generally results in high quality training. A cheaper option is judo, which is also much easier to find - the two styles are closely related, the main difference being that judo normally focuses on throws whereas BJJ is mostly about the ground. For more on judo, read the Bullshido.com article - there is also an article on BJJ. SAMBO is another good choice, but even harder to find than BJJ. Then there's wrestling, which is also great training for grappling.
Alternately, you could combine grappling and striking by cross-training in several arts, or at an MMA gym (though technically 'MMA' is a ruleset rather than a specific style). Examples of well known MMA gyms would be Team Quest and Miletich Fighting Systems.
Finally, you could try having a look through the dojo reviews section, which might yield something more specific to your area.
Appreciate the input. I have an MMA gym in my immediate area teaching MT, BJJ, and a couple of other things, but my biggest obstacle is the $$$! I am hoping that in the new year this will change.
I also just got a line on a Thai police officer teaching MT, so that may be an option also, as I'm very interested in MT. We'll see what happens...