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    New from Vancouver (actually from UK), looking to start again.

    So originally from UK (Manchester) moved to Montreal then now in Vancouver, BC.

    I did about a years worth of Wing Chun and then had to drop it when I moved cities. Now I'm interested in getting back in the game but might pick a more rounded MA that has ground work too.

    So I've joined to find out what's a good MA for me and to find a decent place in Vancouver that teaches it.

    Cheers.
    Last edited by mcfc98; 10/17/2008 1:19pm at .

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    BJJbot
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    Welcome to the Bullshido Forums mcfc98... Make sure you review your dojo and add it to your user control panel so you can get the icon in your user info bar in your posts.

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    I know you can find All kinds of karate, wushu, muay thai, capoeira, bujinkan taijutsu, tkd and probably more in van. But I don't know where all of them are. try the yellow pages
    Last edited by Lindz; 10/17/2008 9:13am at .

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    What are you looking for? I know of lots of good places in town. If you really want to take WC again, there's a place in chinatown near pender and columbia, or this place, good reputation http://www.shouyuliang.com/ but both are in a dodgy neighborhood. if you're from montreal you should be ok though LOL

    Lots of stuff on Broadway near kingsway, most notably the Gracie Barra gym http://www.cocoonathletics.com/.
    There's also Dynamic MMA near oakridge mall at cambie and 43rd http://www.mmavancouver.com/
    If you go East on broadway there's 2 Capoeira places, a TKD place, and furhter down Kel Lee's which is more kickboxing and some grappling http://www.kelleesama.com/ i've heard mixed reviews about that place.

    Then there's the Creative Fighter Guild in Richmond, they do a lot of different stuff there. There's also a Judo club in pretty much every town; Vancouver's is on the lower east side, Burnaby's is near Metrotown i think. Not sure where Richmonds is.
    Last edited by Neildo; 10/17/2008 9:36am at .
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    Burnaby's is at bonsor unless it's moved. And I think there's a defendo/combato guy in north van

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    You might want to check out Marcus Soares' BJJ school (my old BJJ teacher learned it there). The website doesn't seem to be working right now, so try this contact information.

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    What am I looking for? Well I enjoyed doing Wing Chun and I could certainly see the benefits of it if I got in a bar fight or whatever but it had two bad things that make me want to switch:

    1. Little to no groundwork which is pretty bad when you consider most fights will end up on the ground anyway. Impromptu fights I've been in before after the initial throws you tend to end up in a form of grapple. With judo or bjj you'd be immediately ahead of the game.

    2. It's a lazy MA. While there is some element of fitness you need it isn't a very blood pumping/sweaty MA. This is a negative for me as I want to use it for fitness aswell as for self defense.

    In addition I'm 6ft and 230 lbs (of which I could stand to lose 20 of), WC might not have been the best MA to take advantage of my size/strength.

    Ideally I want something rounded with good striking and take down defense with the ability to finish from the ground too.
    Baring in mind that this would be less for competition and more for street self defense.

    So what I have on my list so far is:

    BJJ
    Muay Thai
    Krav Maga

    With these schools probably in mind (I'm downtown and proximity is important):
    Gracie Barra (BJJ)
    Universal MMA (BJJ/MThai)
    Evolution BC (KM)


    I know Krav Maga has a bad rep here though which has me worried. Universal and Evolution are very close to where I live but Universal seems pretty expensive starting at $140 a month.
    Last edited by mcfc98; 10/17/2008 10:56pm at .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neildo
    Lots of stuff on Broadway near kingsway, most notably the Gracie Barra gym http://www.cocoonathletics.com/.
    This is where I practice (when Vancouver weather doesn't knock me flat with a cold or flu as it has the past couple of weeks). Click here for my review; feel free to contribute for more balanced scores.

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    I believe the JJ style taught at http://www.westcoastjj.com/home.html would incorporate both striking and groundwork so it may have the "well-rounded" you are looking for, but might be far from you. Don't know much else about it - just may be worth checking it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neildo
    What are you looking for? I know of lots of good places in town. If you really want to take WC again, there's a place in chinatown near pender and columbia, or this place, good reputation http://www.shouyuliang.com/ but both are in a dodgy neighborhood. if you're from montreal you should be ok though LOL
    I just had a look at that and see that they do also focs on groundwork: http://www.shouyuliang.com/index.php...d=16&Itemid=27

    The website also impresses in that they seem rather genuine and informative. Thanks, one added to the list.

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