View Full Version : Total N00B. Brooklyn, NY - Anyone know these places?

6/26/2007 11:32am,

I am a n00b to this website and to MA in general. I am looking for a place to train in Brooklyn. I've done a large amount of googling and am planning on trying one of these places out on Thursday because google only does ya so much good. You don't really know till you get your ass in the door I suppose. I'm wondering if there are any Brooklynites that may know whether these places are reputable or McDojos.

Generally I am interested in taking classes in karate or japanese jiu jitsu though I've seen some talk of hapkido and it seems interesting. I know that's very VERY broad (or is it?), but I'm a newb after all. I'm here to learn from you guys. I have learned a lot by reading since I joined up, but this is my first post and it is mostly to get that annoying thing off my screen every time I log in. ;-/



http://www.midwoodmartialarts.com - This one sorta puts me off from the get-go because they have Prenatal Yoga listed in their class list. lol

These ones do not have a website.

Bubishi Karate Dojo
731 Coney Island Ave.
Brooklyn 11218

Goju Bourand Karate Federation
(718) 633-0744 | 126 Cortelyou Rd Brooklyn, NY


6/26/2007 11:33am,
BULL RUSH ON divanatrix!!!

Ming Loyalist
6/26/2007 1:30pm,
And even though this is newbietown, I am gonna ram this kindness right up your ass:
You have GLEASONS gym in your fucking town you moron. Don't be a horse's ass. Most of us would kill to be even an hour from that place. You live in the same town. Now quit fucking around with twittlywinks Krotty and join Gleasons and learn to fight.

Oh, and welcome to bullshido.

what he said. i run a school in williamsburg, brooklyn and even i am telling you to get over to gleasons

6/26/2007 2:02pm,
Wow, Gleason's looks great.

It looks like it's a gym where you can hire a trainer. Unless I'm missing something off the site? So... monthly fee + $70/week (if you had two one-hour lessons per)... I think that may be a little out of my budget right now.

I REALLY appreciate your feedback on this and the other places I linked above. I had my doubts about both, but it's good to get confirmation.

6/26/2007 2:18pm,
What are you looking for? I know you said you want karate or Japanese Jiu Jitsu. But what are you looking for, what it is that you want to accomplish with your MA training? In your area you have on of the best boxing gyms in NY, one of the best Muay Thai gyms in NY, and one of the few Sambo schools in the US not to mention NY. You also have access to kyokushin, but if it's not what you're looking for we're just going in circles.

6/26/2007 2:27pm,
I suppose the biggest thing I'm looking for is a structured class setting. I'd like to attend classes 2-3 times a week and develop some discipline which I am very much lacking in my life right now. I've been speaking to friends and such who mentioned it would be good to start with karate & Japanese jiu jitsu. I'm also looking to get in really great shape cuz I've gotten a bit of a belly lately. >:(

And, like I said, I'm really new and trying to figure this stuff out.

Another link I found is this: http://www.happykicks.com/ and a friend sent me this


I apologize for my total n00bness again. ;)

More info, not sure if it's pertinent:

I'm a 27 yr old female. 5'7'' and relatively long limbed. A touch overweight but thinking that taking this seriously would have that taken care of in a jiffy. I haven't been very active lately but have in the past enjoyed weightlifting. I swear I'm meant to be a lean mean fighting machine but my body hasn't cooperated yet. ;)

6/26/2007 2:32pm,
How old are you? Are you looking for a hard style of karate like kyokushin? I believe there's a school on Flatbush. You'll have your structured classes, kata etc, but there's also conditioning etc.

6/26/2007 2:45pm,
How old are you? Are you looking for a hard style of karate like kyokushin? I believe there's a school on Flatbush. You'll have your structured classes, kata etc, but there's also conditioning etc.

I updated my original response above to include more info. I'm 27.

I just googled "kyokushin" and found this dojo in Manhattan. http://www.oyamakaratenyc.org/index.html

It really seems like something that would be up my alley. Through my google search I didn't see one on Flatbush, but saw talks of a school that *was* in Flatbush but is not around anymore.

I really appreciate your comments. Thank you!

6/26/2007 3:06pm,
If that's what you're looking for than try www.kyokushin4lfe.com, there's a member zenshin who trains at a karate school in Brooklyn. I would also try Ming's school too.

6/26/2007 3:29pm,
Their is a perfect school for you in brooklyn, they teach brazillian jiu jitsu, the instructor is a black belt fron renzo gracie, the only problem with the school is they dont encourage getting into competition, from what you sound like that shouldnt be an issue, if your looking for a great workout and to learn good technique this is the school. Gleasons is cool but I feel ground game is more important, just take someone down then they are your world, but ofcourse you might take a few licks on the grill but not if you master the takedown.

6/26/2007 3:32pm,
my fault I forgot to post the website, http://www.brooklynbrazilianjiujitsu.com/ also a great mui thai school small but real deal training, http://www.borodinsgym.com/location.html