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No bull
10/09/2007 12:02am,
I need to find a dojo or recreational center where I can take on muay thai, or kick boxing classes. I'm in the MD area... I found a few martial arts places, but found that to be a bit like the karate kid movie. I'm new to martial arts and for strenght training, endurance, and self-defense tactics I want to find some place that's no bull. I don't want to be milked for my money...

BJJbot
10/09/2007 12:03am,
Welcome to Bullshido, the best Martial Arts forum on the entire Internet, No bull. Seriously, you won't regret your choice to join us. We're a great bunch of folks, except for Hannibal. And Sirc. And TaiGip. And MMA Kid. And... well, you get the point.

justabill
10/09/2007 12:32am,
Good choice of style to start with, oh and welcome. Have you checked the dojo review section?
Other users may have written reviews on schools in your area. Hopefully some MD folks will post some ideas for you.

slideyfoot
10/09/2007 3:54am,
Welcome to Bullshido!


I need to find a dojo or recreational center where I can take on muay thai, or kick boxing classes. I'm in the MD area... I found a few martial arts places, but found that to be a bit like the karate kid movie. I'm new to martial arts and for strenght training, endurance, and self-defense tactics I want to find some place that's no bull. I don't want to be milked for my money...
First of all, I'd recommend you take a look at the FAQ (http://www.bullshido.com/articles/finding-a-good-martial-arts-school.html) on finding a good martial arts school. In general, signs to look for are a competitive record, regular heavy contact sparring and 'aliveness' (if you're unfamiliar with the term, Matt Thornton has a long article (http://aliveness101.blogspot.com/2005/07/why-aliveness.html) on the topic describing what it is and why it's important: he is the man most associated with popularising the concept).

You could also try having a look through the dojo reviews (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=83) section, which might yield something more specific to your area.