Detroit Jiu jitsu academy
I'm reviewing the Detroit Jiu Jitsu Academy, which is, without a doubt, the best jiu jitsu place in the area, in my opinion.
The academy is located within the Oakwood Gym Which boasts clean facilities, safe and WORKING equiptment, and refreshments. It is easily one of the top gyms in the area.
The head instructor is Chris Blanke, Blackbelt under 6 time world champion, Saulo Ribeiro. He instructs on Monday nights.
Tuesday/Thursday classes are run by multiple NAGA champion John Walus, while Wednesday kids class, open mat, and friday NO-GI are taught by Pan Ams silver medalist Danny Agemy.
Class begins with a light warmup, and then instruction begins. Every instructor works together, it seems, when deciding what to instruct. For example, We spent some time on Half guard, and everything we learned in that time, from everyone, related to half guard. To me, this is an often overlooked quality in gyms. The continuity of it all facilitates easier, faster learning.
We've recently had a striking instructor start teaching, After classes most nights. He teaches Muay Thai, but also shows us how to apply it to our grappling. Top notch, I can assure you.
Instructors, or people with more experience are always near by to help you with your problems. Everyone is genuinely friendly, modest, and skillful. We always are in the upper echelons of tournaments, with many competitors taking home medals.
In gym size i give this place a 5. I do wish it was a lot bigger, but, nothing is perfect. Despite the size, and we can usually fit a good number of people on the mat to roll. We don't have a big gym, but then again, it fits the number of people we have. The walls are padded prodigiously, allowing for "cage specific" training.
Equipment, i give this place a pure 10 out of 10. They have the best quality mats, and spare gis for people who don't have one/forgot theirs.
Aliveness, a pure 10 out of 10. Everyone here picks everything up fast (due to the masterful instruction) Everyone is prepared to spot a hole in your game, and exploit it. No one half asses anything at this academy, and EVERYONE loves to roll.
For instructor/student ratio, i give it a ten out of ten. The classes are large (and diverse) enough for you to roll with people of varying skill and style, without being too large.
Atmosphere, again, a ten out of ten. Everyone is very friendly, willing to help, and not egotistical. Everyone here is capable, and most importantly, ego free!
Also, anyone who is a member of DJJ, can also train at Toledo Jiu Jitsu, our sister school, for free! At this school, they have boxing/mma/wrestling/bjj.
Basically, for anyone in southeast michigan looking for a world class jiu jitsu school, look no further then Detroit Jiu Jitsu
Last edited by 3moose1; 9/23/2009 3:21am at .
Reason: Lot's changed.
You should reply to your post and fill out the numerical ratings to make it easier for everyone.
Last edited by 3moose1; 3/26/2008 10:20pm at .
Updated/edited teh review.
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Just a little thing: In your review you write about Kid's class but in the box on the right it says "no" to Kid's class.
Yeah, we've added a kids class (which is frickin' awesome. Those kids pick **** up quickly)
and a muay thai class
That's awesome, just saying it's not in the box yet :)
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