Posted On:1/10/2008 3:15pm
Style: It's complicated.
I went for a trial lesson at Ronin MMA (Ottawa, Canada) last night.
I trialed their Muay Thai program. The class was being taught by Jamie Helmer.
To sum up my feelings about my experience, I've pasted a copy of the email I just sent to Jamie about last night's session. Here goes:
Thanks for the lesson last night, Jamie!
I teach for a living and I can say that, even from just 1-hour with you, itís easy to see that youíre a great teacher and a great communicator. Youíre positive and approachable, and the instructions you give are very clear, precise and easy to follow! The feedback and coaching you give to participants is constructive and positive. The way you host and teach the group promotes a welcoming environment that doesnít feel intimidating nor threatening to newcomers. In short, I can see why your club is so popular and has such a great reputation. I was really impressed! I will definitely speak positively about my first experience at Ronin to everyone I know!
Thanks for the great session!
In addition, I should mentioned that I've been practicing Muay Thai for approx. 1 year in Ottawa and have trained at Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts (OAMA) as well as Nomad.
The techniques Jamie / Ronin train in the Muay Thai program are very traditional. What I enjoyed seeing was the fact that, even in the "beginners" class (which I was in), members were learning and executing what I consider to be advanced techniques. (Techniques that were not being taught in Nomad's nor OAMA's regular (non-advanced / non-fight-team) classes. Not only this, but the "beginner" members were executing these advanced techniques with exceptional form and accuracy. To me, this suggests that the quality of even their basic / beginner training is very high.
Despite the fact that Ronin isn't a very flashy academy (their gym is obviously converted industrial space), it was a very positive environment. They have all the necessary equipment plus the mats and changing rooms are very clean.
In addition, I was not pressured into making any commitments or into signing onto a membership. They simply explained to me their pricing structure, offered me a free trial week and let me ask whatever questions I had. No fuss, no muss!
Long story short, I didn't get a sketchy vibe from the place at all. No McDojo tactics, no Rex Kwon Do alpha male teacher vibes, no pressure.
It was a very positive experience and I strongly encourage anyone from Ottawa to try them out for themselves.
Thank you and congrats, Ronin MMA!
Last edited by Keej613; 1/11/2008 8:40am at .
Reason: HTML sketchiness
Posted On:1/10/2008 3:16pm
Whoah . . . can someone edit that to get rid of all the font tags and stuff? (Is that there because I copied and pasted out of Outlook?)
WARNING: BJJ may cause airway obstruction.
Posted On:1/10/2008 3:20pm
Style: Bajillion Joo Jizzu
there should be an edit option under your post...
Posted On:1/10/2008 3:46pm
Style: mozambique drill
Shouldn't this go under gym reviews?
Posted On:1/10/2008 4:20pm
Just curious, what were the advanced techs?
Posted On:1/11/2008 8:41am
Various combos plus clinch and throw techniques that I've never seen taught in standard Muay Thai classes at OAMA / Nomad.
i keep tryin to spar, but nothin happens!
Posted On:1/11/2008 12:34pm
Style: karate / bjj
you actually emailed him in blue underscored italics?
Posted On:1/13/2008 8:37am
Nope. I did that in this thread to separate my email from the rest of the text.
Posted On:3/26/2008 10:31am
Style: Goju Ryu + Muay Thai
That's awesome: I was going to give them a try this Thursday. Thanks for the review!!
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