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Hsingh89
10/28/2007 6:47pm,
Hey, I'm pretty new to the whole martial arts scene, but I've been looking into mixed martial arts. I live in Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley: Northridge), CA. This site seems like an amazing place to get started. Right now I've just been conditioning and strength training to get better in shape, but uh lol closest I've gotten to this much movement in a small area is probably Bboying.

TKDBot
10/28/2007 6:48pm,
So Hsingh89, you decided to go ahead and register huh? Cool. Don't forget to review your dojo (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=83).

slideyfoot
10/29/2007 12:16pm,
Welcome to Bullshido!


Hey, I'm pretty new to the whole martial arts scene, but I've been looking into mixed martial arts. I live in Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley: Northridge), CA. This site seems like an amazing place to get started. Right now I've just been conditioning and strength training to get better in shape, but uh lol closest I've gotten to this much movement in a small area is probably Bboying.
I may be misinterpreting, but I wouldn't worry about getting into shape before starting MA: your fitness and skill level will improve through attending class regularly. If you're holding off on finding a martial art because you think you could do with a bit of preparation first, you may never get round to actually training.

As to finding a school, 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).

If your interest is mainly in striking, the safest option if you want decent training is muay thai (which you'll also see as 'thai boxing'), along with martial arts like boxing and kyokushin karate. That's not to say there aren't good schools within other striking styles, but they tend to vary widely in quality.

If you're more interested in grappling, then BJJ would be an excellent choice, as the strong competitive element and ability-based ranking system generally results in high quality training. A cheaper option is judo, which is also much easier to find - the two styles are closely related, the main difference being that judo normally focuses on throws whereas BJJ is mostly about the ground. For more on judo, read the Bullshido.com article (http://www.bullshido.com/articles/judo-6.html) - there is also an article on BJJ (http://www.bullshido.com/articles/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-style-information-without-the-bs-2.html). SAMBO is another good choice, but even harder to find than BJJ. Then there's wrestling, which is also great training for grappling.

Alternately, you could combine grappling and striking by cross-training in several arts, or at an MMA gym (though technically 'MMA' is a ruleset rather than a specific style). Examples of well known MMA gyms would be Team Quest (http://www.tqfc.com/) and Miletich Fighting Systems (http://miletichnewyork.com/).

Finally, you could 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.