Posted On:4/24/2010 4:57pm
Style: kickboxing jiujitsu mma
We practice techniques with no resistance from uke which is ok when your first learning. We used to spar alot in advanced kickboxing now we don't anymore because the instructor says too many people get hurt. The odd cold day in hell when we do spar i am placed with someone who doesn't want contact and i would prefer to go full contact.
Well maintained could be cleaned more but everything in good working order and get new stuff regularly
Gym Size 6
The gym itself is a decent size but since they are only interested in recruiting as many members as possible the mats are always packed to the tits with white belts in evenings there is 3 different classes going on at once and there is absolutely no room and iv'e been kicked and kneed in the face several times from stray feet of people being thrown. It's difficult to spar when you can't use any footwork without bumping into someone else
Instructor Student Ratio 1
Sometimes i wonder if the instructor even wants to be there most times we are left unattended on the mats working on the same technique for 40 minutes while the instructor sits in his office. He shows up 15 minutes late and finishes 5-10 minutes early. He hands out belts to whoever does the test i seen a guy get his orange belt and he totally froze during his test and couldn't complete any of the techniques.
Everybody talks **** about everybody including the instructors. Higher rank belts telling me to be gentle with them when i train because i always give 110%. The guy is a sales pressurer he straight up hounds people to buy every new product they have and has tried just about everything to make a buck.
Striking Instruction 7
It's only getting a 7 because Jean Yves Theriault teaches once a week there and he works us out and doesn't treat us like a bunch of pansies and he's got alot of patience with his students
almost non exisitent we used to grapple alot more but not so much now.
I used khalis once as a white belt and a bow once before but mostly non existent
Posted On:4/24/2010 7:33pm
Style: Standup, Ground-fighting
Posted On:4/24/2010 10:30pm
Style: Aikido/JJJ/Judo/GoJu Ryu
Wow...that's too bad. Sounds like things are going downhill up there. I always thought you guys were mostly jujitsu. Are you still part of the WKF? I'm not too clear on the break-up, get back together of that group...
Posted On:4/28/2010 10:50am
why are you still going there? you don't seem like you get much out of it.
Posted On:4/28/2010 12:24pm
they are still part of WKF
I have not trained since december i can't decide where to sign up. i don't want to end up in another mcdojo
Posted On:4/28/2010 4:12pm
Style: muay thai
Go to N1, homes....
Posted On:4/28/2010 4:49pm
Posted On:4/28/2010 10:25pm
Posted On:5/03/2010 12:01pm
Style: Keyboard Warrior
I have trained there for over two years. I would question the 1 score in atmosphere/ attitude, as I have not personally experienced everybody "talking ****" about everybody (perhaps 6 or 7) but I understand that everyone who trains there would have a different experience. I would also question the 1 score in instructor - student ratio. John Therien teaches some classes and there are several other black belt instructors (1st, 2nd or 3rd dan) who teach and are accessible (perhaps a 7?); but there are some cases (kid's classes) where more assistants on the mats would improve ratio. The physical size of the Vanier location could have justified a higher gym size rating, but have observed crowding on the mats in some evening classes. There are grappling/sparring every Saturday afternoon, but I am not questionning aliveness rating. Grappling instruction could be slightly higher as there is more ground defense/ grappling techniques in the advanced colour belt curriculum, but it is not the same level as BJJ. My $0.02 - hope this is helpful.
Posted On:5/03/2010 1:24pm
I hope you find a good place to train there. What are you looking for in a training environment/atmosphere/style? I know some people in the area and they would probably be willing to point you in the right direction even if that direction wasn't to their school.
BTW, I just heard Therien just got promoted to 10th dan.
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