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IsThisRight?
12/20/2010 6:32am,
Hiya,

I've been interested in getting a bit of grappling training, im tired of getting put to the floor in my kung fu class every time I get into a clinch. I
I've looked around on the internet and found a lot of Judo schools, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me the names of some GOOD schools preferrably in south east london.
I really dont mind being worked till i want to throw up, I really dont mind being thrown against the mat in training hard enough that it hurts, I really dont mind having an akward partner that "won't let me do the move on him". In fact these are the things that I want!

Alternatively if you know of any good grappling schools at all in south east london (judo or not) I would appreciate the information!

Thanks

PointyShinyBurn
12/20/2010 7:24am,
Why not try out a couple of clubs and see if you enjoy them? Any club on the BJA list (http://www.britishjudo.org.uk/thesport/findclub.php), will be legitimate.

There's also a map of UK BJJ clubs here: http://www.slideyfoot.com/2000/01/uk-bjj-club-list.html , but you'll typically learn a lot more groundwork than standup grappling in that system.

judoka_uk
12/20/2010 7:46am,
Arguably the 'best' in London is the Budokwai, Kosei Inoue and Roger Gracie train there as well as other big names.

http://www.budokwai.co.uk/

Dartford Judo club is probably the 'best' in the South East
http://dartfordjudoclub.com/judo_classes.php

However, what clubs are the best in terms of being home to elite athletes and having hardcore randori sessions aren't necessarily the ones that are the 'best' for a beginner.

As PointshinyBurn said any club from the BJA register will be good enough.

IsThisRight?
12/20/2010 8:26am,
Thanks for the replys, when I get my chain and sprocket replaced on my bike I'll go and check out that budokwai place, the dartford ones a bit too far for me to go to on the bike in this weather.

I've found a club which isn't listed on the BJA register, but it is only about 10 minutes away from me, which is uber convenient. http://www.aylwinjudoclub.com/

Whats the view on non BJA clubs around? Are they just judo schools that didn't meet a certain standard? Or could they be skilled instructors that wanted to remain independent? Is there any special stuff I should be on the look out for when checking for judo bullshido?

Thanks

judoka_uk
12/20/2010 8:46am,
Thanks for the replys, when I get my chain and sprocket replaced on my bike I'll go and check out that budokwai place, the dartford ones a bit too far for me to go to on the bike in this weather.

If you check out the Aylwin place first and then go to the Budokwai you will get an understanding of the truly vast gulf between recreational and elite Judo.



I've found a club which isn't listed on the BJA register, but it is only about 10 minutes away from me, which is uber convenient. http://www.aylwinjudoclub.com/

Whats the view on non BJA clubs around? Are they just judo schools that didn't meet a certain standard? Or could they be skilled instructors that wanted to remain independent? Is there any special stuff I should be on the look out for when checking for judo bullshido?

Thanks
Its BJC they're the other major association in the UK their focus tends to be more on traditional Judo and uphoding the traditional values of Judo, very Japanese orientated.

Quality varies widely there are some very good BJC clubs, Erdington in Brum springs to mind and some very poor ones. However, the same could be said about the BJA.

I've met Richard Raymond, haven't seen him do any Judo though, I don't think. Or at least I haven't seen him do anything so spectacular or so bad that I would remember it.

It definitely won't be bullshido, go along and try it, see what you think.