Posted On:12/09/2008 4:05pm
Style: Judo, BJJ
I don't mind getting thrown around like a ragdoll as long as they're nice about it.
Looks like South London has some of the best, I imagine I'll end up at Tokei though just because it's more central. From what I can gather Judo clubs, like BJJ, have pretty good consistency so I should be fine. Most seem to have BJJ too which is good as I won't have to go back and forth across different clubs.
Thanks for the info guys.
Posted On:12/10/2008 6:04am
Style: Trad Ju Jitsu
Originally Posted by Asriel
Well, I tried to qualify my comment and it came from a genuine 3rd Dan, who I respect. Then again, I don't know how long it has been since he was there so perhaps his view is out of date.
I'd like to leave this world like I came into it: Screaming, naked & covered in someone else's blood
Posted On:12/10/2008 6:46am
Style: Muay Thai (BJJ hiatus)
I meant, in what way do you mean fodder?
Do they use you as sheep and herd you across mine fields?
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Posted On:6/29/2009 4:57pm
Style: Judo (failed)
sorry to indulge in thread necro but thought I could contribute here- Let me precede this by saying that my Judo was, and almost certainly still is *the suck* and I weight about 60KG so I look for slightly different things in a Judo club than most people (variety of body weights etc).
I have been to classes at both the Budokwai and the Tokei, although I didn't go to enough to really say that I trained at either of them, so...just take it in that context.
All information presented here was my experience at the times stated.
4 sessions, 2005
Large classes, institutional. Good attitude on the part of the students, but not much instructor attention. I didn't mind that much, but it certainly was not what I would call beginner friendly.
I think if I was better/tougher I would have got more out of it. Thought the instructor was..."snobbish" is the only word I can come up with really. That said, their reputation is very good- traditional, institutional, high quality judo can definitely be found there, but also expect 'technique snobbery' re; newaza and non-gi takedowns, at least at a junior level.
Don't go expecting 'community judo' with an instructor who openly admits to dabbling in BJJ/Sambo.
I realise that it's the heart of establishment judo and that goes with the territory, but just spelling it out for those who might not know.
approx eight sessions, 2007
There's a half hour class for absolute beginners which I sometimes watched. Struck me that half and hour isn't that much really, but they did work hard.
There were two general classes a week. There just wasn't a very large turnout which was a bit of a problem- there weren't that many body types. Instruction was ok...but the instructor didn't get stuck in that much. His heart was definitely in the right place though. Personally, I think there wasn't enough randoori.
Membership (then at £30/month) entitled you to two judo sessions a week, and the opportunity to go to the Friday BJJ class + gym access. They had Koyukushin there also.
8 sessions (I think) 2007
The University of London Union. Trained twice a week, with extremely reasonable mat fees (under £3 if memory serves),
Two session per week: general class and regulars class.
Can't speak highly enough of this place as I found it, however although the club committee welcome all, the union do not. At the beginning of the year I could slip in unhindered , but they started getting arsey (I wasn't a student or alumni). The club did manage to slip me in under a guess pass once, but I didn't want to risk not being let in so stopped going.
General class catered to all. Good turnout, large variety of body types and great instruction; lots of dan grades around mixing with everyone.
Regulars class (went once, by accident) but the training was great, I gassed very quickly- they don't compromise on fitness there! The instructor for the regulars session as very old school, tough, but extremely good natured.
If you are a ULU student or a alumni, check it out.
Posted On:6/29/2009 5:51pm
If you end up living in west london you might want to include this place, if you drive it's not far
But it really is a case of where you live, it's not a small place, and transportation is crap.
Posted On:12/16/2009 5:33pm
Thread necro round 2- Eddie mentioned the Sobell club (http://sobelljudoclub.com/) I'll do a proper review once I've been there a while- just to say that they run a two week induction programme for beginners (usually once a month). You get a dedicated instructor to run them through the basics.
I've mentioned the other clubs I've been to in my previous post- of all the non-university clubs I've been to, this is the most beginner friendly.
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