Looking for a gym/dojo
Hi-- I've been wanting to get involved with a martial art for a long time now. I've tried some trial lessons but always backed out in the end because of hidden fees and being forced to buy their equipment, even when I had my own.
So basically, what I'm trying to say is I'm looking for a martial arts gym/dojo that's not going to rip me off.
As far as what I'm looking to get out of martial arts, well I'd like to lose weight because I'm overweight at the moment. This is my primary reason. My secondary reason is I would like to know some practical self defense.
If anyone could help me with any of these areas, it would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Where do you live? Start with a search of the available choices, then narrow it down from there.
I live in Lynbrook, NY. I did a google search and locally there is this weird street fighting type place and an aikido dojo as well as a karate and a shaolin kung fu place. I don't know much about any of these styles but like I said earlier my primary concern is losing weight so can you recommend whichever of these would be best for me?
Welcome to Bullshido FinnMacCool :)
A great MA for weight loss is Muay Thai (and yes, I have a personal bias). It is incredibly aerobic and will make you work. in my gym we gag with n00bs that "everyone pukes first time". It's not always that bad, I recommend checking out a decent Muay Thai gym for a trial and see what you think.
On top of this, it's a great martial art for self defense and general conditioning. There are some NY/NJ Bullies (regular Bullshido posters) who might be able to point you in the right direction.
I personally would be hesitant about the "weird" street fighting gym. Based on the styles you mentioned, my recommendation would be the Karate place, depending on what specific style it was. I would suggest contacting each of the gyms that you are considering to set up a good time to go down and watch/participate in a typical workout. That way, you will be able to ask questions and see first hand whether or not the gym will be right for you.
I've joined up simply to say a big THANKYOU to the Bullshido. What an inspired site. My MA background... I did Tomiki Aikido for about 3-4 years getting up to Orange belt but just missing out on Green. At the same time I also did (but never bothered grading in) Judo, Ju Jitsu, Karate (it was sold as "traditional" and also did some Wado Ryu), some kick boxing and a rather strange class where we seemed to do everything under the sun in some random order under the term of "Budo", so a bit of snake style and other kung fu, boxing, ninjitsu, jujitsu, knife work and what seemed to be all round street defence which had more of a practical aim (kata was occasionally taught)).
I was no hard nut, but was trying to take a leaf out of Bruce Lee's book and find things that just worked for me against the bullies and idiots that accosted me that were practical.. so I was happy. :). I did a bit of the spiritual stuff, but decided it was not my style and left martial arts soon after when I decided to train as a nurse. So left when I was 18.
About 5 years back I met a lovely lady at work who wanted to take up Aikido, so who was I to refuse escorting her to a local club. Well she had a boyfriend hehe... and the club was great but v cramped for room and full of blackbelts wanting to train for the national squad etc... so being a kyu grade (whitebelt as I didn't dare wear my orange belt after so long) we stuck out like sore thumbs. There were other clubs around but they were a distance to travel and after 6 months we simply bypassed the Aikido and went straight onto the after training drink hehe.
Now, 5 years later at 35 I want to get fit again. I am looking for a club, possibly doing Aikido/Judo or jujitsu (I am more of a grappler than a striker). I have been watching "Human Weapon" on Youtube (check it out, it's cheesy but very entertaining). It has wet my appetite for getting back into some sort of training. I have never really been interested in competition (although I did a bit with Aikido) but I do enjoy sparring. I am looking for something that is effective but which isn't gonna turn me into some killing machine (so ninjitsu is out really hehe). Something practical like Krav Maga.
I am just about to move house and will be a stones throw from the NATMAC and PMA. I have looked at the websites and it all looked a bit Cobra Kai to me. I found your writeups and it put my mind at ease.. so I will be avoiding it at all costs. But it now leaves me with a dilemma. Where can I go to find a list of independent clubs that aren't linked into a Burger Kai style MA chain?
These goddamn threads piss me off.
FinnMawhatever, did you try looking outside of your tiny goddamn village for anything that was oh, I dunno, 5 miles away? You're on Long Island, there might be more kickboxing and MMA gyms per square mile on LI than any other place in the country.
There's an American Top Team affiliate in Franklin Square.
Tiger Schulmann's in Rockville Center.
Emerson Souza BJJ in Baldwin.
Hell, Matt Serra's gym is only 12 miles away.
WTF? Go start your own intro thread, don't hijack this one.
Originally Posted by seanys show
If they piss you off so much, why did you click on it?
Originally Posted by Ka-Bar
I've read the rules and theres nothing there that says I cannot make a topic like this. However, there is a rule against trolling. . .
Originally Posted by FinnMacCool
The bad vibes were more directed at the thread hijacker, whose wall of text made me kinda irate too.