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Voltane
3/31/2008 12:24pm,
My name is Gary and I'm from North London, UK.

I trained in Choi Kwang Do many, many years ago but not done anything since then.

I'm currently unemployed so have spent a lot of time looking around my local area and thinking about what to train in once I get a job.

I'll probably spend most of my time lurking but thought it would be polite to at least say hello.

AikidoBot
3/31/2008 12:25pm,
Welcome to Bullshido, the best Martial Arts forum on the entire Internet, Voltane. 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.

scorchedearth
3/31/2008 12:40pm,
welcome to Bullshido :)

jrschwob
3/31/2008 12:46pm,
welcome to bullshido!

slideyfoot
4/01/2008 6:28am,
Welcome to Bullshido!


My name is Gary and I'm from North London, UK.
As you're in the UK, you might be interested in joining the throwdown group (http://groups.google.com/group/bullshidoukthrowdowns), which aims to keep people updated on UK throwdowns (basically an open mat, if you're unfamiliar with the term). Last one was in Oxford (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=57370) - next one will be in Belfast (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?p=1658933#post1658933) on the 21st June.


I'm currently unemployed so have spent a lot of time looking around my local area and thinking about what to train in once I get a job.
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.

Voltane
4/11/2008 4:07pm,
Just realised i'd been rude and not replied. Thanks for the welcome everyone.

Slideyfoot: You are probably the one responsible for me being here (A link from planet jitsu).

Won't be able to go to that Throwdown but who might make a future one.

Been looking around and will probably take up Muay Thai. May do some BJJ some day but not any time soon.

Thanks for the welcome!