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    My yearly post...

    I've been registered here a little over a year now and figured I might as well make a post. I'm totally new to martial arts and am considering finding a good MMA school. I'm not sure that's entirely possible in Colorado Springs, but we'll see.

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    Welcome to Bullshido, the best Martial Arts forum on the entire Internet, Amarao. 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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    You might want to add Stick to that list too.

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    MMA in Colorado Springs? Try doing a google search for <MMA "Colorado Springs">. You'll find quite a lot there.

    With regard to "Stick"...could you be a tad bit more specific? You mean Arnis/Kali/Escrima? Or perhaps you're looking for a pretty staff form? More detail helps.

    Oh, and welcome to Bullshido.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaolinKungPao
    MMA in Colorado Springs? Try doing a google search for <MMA "Colorado Springs">. You'll find quite a lot there.

    With regard to "Stick"...could you be a tad bit more specific? You mean Arnis/Kali/Escrima? Or perhaps you're looking for a pretty staff form? More detail helps.

    Oh, and welcome to Bullshido.
    I was referring to this list. Stick (the user) should definitely be added here.

    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Amarao
    I've been registered here a little over a year now and figured I might as well make a post. I'm totally new to martial arts and am considering finding a good MMA school. I'm not sure that's entirely possible in Colorado Springs, but we'll see.
    If you've been here a year, you may have already seen this, but in case not:

    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).

    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 an article on BJJ too (you could also check my BJJ Beginner FAQ). 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. Alternately, you could try a Google site search, either off the Google toolbar, or by typing site:www.bullshido.net into Google, followed by the area (i.e., site:www.bullshido.net london).

    There are also several school databases you could try. For example, for BJJ:

    TrainJiuJitsu.com
    bjjMap.com
    Gym Database (BJJ, MMA etc)

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