Posted On:6/16/2009 10:20am
Style: 剛 and 柔
Black Hole Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is run by BJJ black belt Mike Wacker in Fishkill, NY. He was, to my knowledge, promoted to black belt by Phil Migliarese (Team Balance) on June 6th 2009 and is under Steve Kardian (Thornwood). He has an extensive and successful BJJ competition record.
EDITED: Mike just opened a new location and a new schedule (June 2009). The walls and floor have good mats, the place is nice. I have added scores for these.
Classes are run by Mike or, in his absence, one of his purples or browns. Generally there are from 6 to 20 people in a class, with about 1/3 being women. There's a fair number of whites and blues in every class, and usually 1 to 3 purples or browns in addition to Mike.
Classes are very informal. People are very friendly, with handshakes when they come in and leave, and good-natured banter throughout class.
There is generally little warmup: class is started by running through a few submission combinations from guard (armbar to triangle to armbar, or armbar to omoplata to triangle to armbar), then sometimes some top game clock drills. Once in a while there will be some positional rolling or semi-alive drilling, but mostly the focus is on learning and drilling technique then a lot of free rolling.
The techniques are, to my inexperienced eye, quality, well taught and very specific. Each day is themed by a technique (e.g., multiple entries to triangle choke from guard), a progression (e.g., attacking the turtle with X, then X, Y, then X, Y, Z...), or a theme (e.g., takedowns and pulling guard). Mike takes the time to explain things in detail, and he has the tournament experience to back it up. He's very specific about when and how to apply a technique, when it won't work, and the other situations that might crop up if you need to bail from that move. The instruction seems well-planned, focused on fundamentals, and well-executed. This takes twenty to thirty minutes.
Class then goes into informal rolling for about an hour and a half. As stated previously, people will take a break if they're tired/thirsty, or just want to talk instead of roll. People leave of their own accord after a while.
Last edited by 1point2; 2/07/2010 10:03pm at .
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Posted On:2/07/2010 9:22pm
Style: Kyokushin Karate, BJJ
I found this post in google while I was search functioning the BlackHole Jiu Jitsu website. I'm a Blue Belt in BJJ with 3 years of experience.I'm also a Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate. I train out in Maryland where I attend school. I've trained at multiple BJJ acadamies along the east coast from Maine down to Florida.
I'm from Poughkeepsie, NY and I train at BlackHole BJJ while home visiting my family. I first heard of Mike Wacker after he fought well known Yamasaki Black Belt Dave Jacobs in 2007, Dave is from Northern Virginia and is very well known down here. Mike Wacker was winning 6-2(i believe) and got knee barred with 28 seconds left. Mike was a 20 yearold and a purple when this happened, and Dave praised him on his performance and said that Wackers gaurd was quite frustrating. I contacted him at the time through myspace and asked him if he minded if I stopped by while I was home.
I have spent as long as 2 months consistently training at his acadamy and as little as 1 time while home for a week.
The classes in the morning are smaller as anywhere from 6-10 will show up. But in the evenings I would say anywhere from 18-30 students will show up. You are correct there is no formal stretching or exercises, but again in BJJ that's quite common. There is drilling to start the class Armbar,triangle armbar and then positional drills) and Mike usually teaches 3-4 techniques in sequence.
Everyone rolls, some longer then others but that also happens in every acadamy, and I also agree that people leave during rolling on their own accordance but again quite normal in BJJ.
My opinion of BlackHole Jiu Jitsu is it's a great school with a great instructor and a friendly enviroment. The students who submit you explain how they've effectively done so, to correct what you've done wrong if you ask.
I'll explain my scoring:
Aliveness: I gave 9 because I feel everyone is upbeat and friendly and willing to roll.
Equipment: I gave an easy 10 because in BJJ you don't need any equipment to train other than a partner.
Gym Size: I gave an 8 because the school has a large population of students in it's new location.
Instructor/Student Ratio: I gave a 10 due to the fact that there are always 2-3 purple belts along with Mike that go around to make sure everything is being done correctly.
Attitude/Atmosphere: Again, a 10 it's a friendly environment with lots of help and the students are always willing to help.
Grappling Instruction: Another 10 due to the mere fact that I've been to alot of acadamies and Mike is up there with some of the best instructors. He is VERY precise on each part of the technique.
As an experienced Jiu Jitsu player I would highly recommend Black Hole BJJ, I look forward to training there when I'm home. Mike and his students are all very helpful and quite accomplished for such a young school. His women students often submit men bigger then them, with other Martial Arts experience when they come to the gym, proving that technique beats strength.Again I say I highly recommend this school for anyone that has the privelage to attend a class or lives around the area.
Last edited by KioKi; 2/10/2010 9:08pm at .
Posted On:2/07/2010 10:10pm
I apologize if my review came off negatively. I really like Mike and his school and think it's a great place to train. I took a look at my review and changed some wording--I think I was nitpicking on some points.
I do think class sizes have grown since I was going regularly.
I also found a promotional video Mike's put out there via Grappler's Quest:
YouTube- Black Hole Jiu-Jitsu
Last edited by 1point2; 2/10/2010 4:55pm at .
Posted On:2/10/2010 9:03pm
No need to apologize, I have nothing but admiration and respect for this website and what it stands for. I actually like that theres people that weed out the bad dojos, and separate the legit from the fake. Black Hole BJJ is a place I'd recommend to anyone. I honestly didn't reply to argue or come off offensive so I apologize if I did, I was just stating my feelings and opinion on the gym itself. Good Luck in your training man.
The vid is awesome thanks for sharing the link.
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