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Xyljin
4/13/2007 12:55am,
First the bad news: I'm a 25 year old complete and utter newb with no place to train. On the bright side, regardless of what style I eventually settle on, it will be damn hard for me to learn anything "redundant" since I haven't gotten into a "fight" since the time I bitchslapped some kid on the bus in 5th grade. Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations concerning clubs based in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Like I said, the way I view it, I'm blank slate that has much to learn regardless of whether I choose to pursue grappling or striking first, so really all I ask is a bit of help in avoiding the dreaded McDojo.

So far, the places I'm most curious about are described in these sites: http://www.warriorscove.com/
http://www.mnkali.com/
http://www.mmaacombatzone.com/

I noticed there was a tiny bit of commentary on these places in a few long dead threads, and I'd like to hear from anyone who actually investigated them further since then if at all possible.

GhostOfKimura
4/13/2007 12:56am,
Welcome to the Bullshido Forums Xyljin... Make sure you review your dojo (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=83) and add it to your user control panel so you can get the http://www.bullshido.net/images/dojoreview1.gif icon in your user info bar in your posts.

kohadril
4/13/2007 7:32am,
The first one of those links goes to a pretty good Gracie school, it looks like, and the last one goes to the place Sean Sherk trained, so either of those would be pretty damn good.

Hands
4/13/2007 8:04am,
First the bad news: I'm a 25 year old complete and utter newb with no place to train. On the bright side, regardless of what style I eventually settle on, it will be damn hard for me to learn anything "redundant" since I haven't gotten into a "fight" since the time I bitchslapped some kid on the bus in 5th grade. Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations concerning clubs based in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Like I said, the way I view it, I'm blank slate that has much to learn regardless of whether I choose to pursue grappling or striking first, so really all I ask is a bit of help in avoiding the dreaded McDojo.

So far, the places I'm most curious about are described in these sites: http://www.warriorscove.com/
http://www.mnkali.com/
http://www.mmaacombatzone.com/

I noticed there was a tiny bit of commentary on these places in a few long dead threads, and I'd like to hear from anyone who actually investigated them further since then if at all possible.

All three schools listed are good. There is also:
http://www.avatar-maa.com/

I've trained at the MN Kali group and trained with people that trained at that school. I haven't trained at the Warriors Cove or the MN Martial Arts Academy (aka mmaacombatzone) but both schools have good fighters.

I train at Avatar and believe the instruction to be very good. You can learn Mongolian Wrestling there among other styles. The school has one successful fighter and is a relatively small group because it just formed in September. Teachers have 20 - 30 years of experience. You can call or email them to check the school out as early as Saturday (best day in my opinion).

I also go to the Tai Chi class offered there. I like how the emphasis is on learing how to use it over doing forms.

Xyljin
4/13/2007 10:43am,
Thanks for the quick replies. It's good to know that I'll have some pretty decent options when I transfer up to the twin cities area for college next semester. In the meantime I guess I'll just be working on my conditioning over the summer, since I'm afraid I was undisciplined to let myself go a bit physically following a knee injury. Anyway, thanks again.