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PhoenixTalon
7/20/2008 8:58pm,
Just found the site today since I've been thinking of starting along a MA path. I'm 23 and in college and in the past, I've wanted to study chinese martial arts, but the lack of instructors in anything (besides kiddie TKD and a watered-down university Japanese Karate class) in my area (Auburn, AL...) has dissuaded me from taking any initiative. I have just discovered, to my surprise, that my school has a Jeet Kune Do club, so I'm thinking of starting there. Link to the club's site: here (http://www.auburn.edu/junfan/index.htm).

In short, I'd just like to say "Heya everyone!"

KungFuBot
7/20/2008 8:59pm,
In spite of what some other web-sites would have you believe, we here at Bullshido.net welcome you, PhoenixTalon, with open arms and hope that you will share with us your unique experiences and ideas on the martial arts.... so that we may then make fun of those experiences and ideas.

slideyfoot
7/21/2008 3:29am,
Welcome to Bullshido!


Just found the site today since I've been thinking of starting along a MA path.
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. Alternately, you could try a Google site search, either off the Google toolbar, or by typing "site:www.bullshido.net" followed by the area.

There are also several school databases you could try. For example, for BJJ:

TrainJiuJitsu.com (http://www.trainjiujitsu.com/bjj/)
bjjMap.com (http://www.bjjmap.com/)
Gym Database (http://www.gymdb.com/) (BJJ, MMA etc)


I'm 23 and in college and in the past, I've wanted to study chinese martial arts
In that case, you may be interested in the Chinese MA subforum (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=101).

PhoenixTalon
7/21/2008 4:07pm,
Thanks for the info, slideyfoot! I've checked bullshido (and the web in general) and haven't found anything about schools in this area. I don't think there are any really (besides some ATA TKD and the JIKC class at the university. site: here (http://www.jikc.com/) and bullshido review: here (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=59924)). The club I linked to in the OP meets twice a week and doesn't charge any fees.

What are you guys' opinions on private/semi-private instruction? (Assuming verification of the instructors experience and qualifications of course.) There's supposed to be a student BJJ club here, but the website's down and I'm not sure if it's still together.

slideyfoot
7/22/2008 3:04am,
What are you guys' opinions on private/semi-private instruction? (Assuming verification of the instructors experience and qualifications of course.) There's supposed to be a student BJJ club here, but the website's down and I'm not sure if it's still together.
Closest I could find to you is this, which I'm guessing isn't all that near?

Alliance Columbus
Instructor: Bull Shaw
Instructor's teachers: Romero "Jacare" Calvacanti
4191 Milgen rd Columbus, Ga 31907, Columbus, USA, 31907

Ph: 706-587-6452`
Url: www.columbusgrappling.com (http://www.columbusgrappling.com/) (website down)
Email: [email protected]

Have you got the link for the website you mentioned was down? You might be able to pull contact details from an archived version, using the Wayback Machine (http://www.archive.org/index.php).

As to private instruction, generally not helpful for a beginner (see here (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=73451)). However, if there is nothing else available, it may be an option.

Vector
7/22/2008 6:27am,
To the OP:

What are you looking to gain from your MA training? The couple of times I have watched the AU JKD workouts I didn't see anything that could be described as alive. Also, the sparring reminded me more of TKD-esque touch techniques. Bear in mind that almost any traditional class may look that way on an occasional basis.

This may be all good depending on what you are looking for in a school. Let us know how the workouts go.

Also, there used to be an AU BJJ club. Don't know if they still meet, but if so that might be something to checkout also.

EDIT for typo.

jkdbuck76
7/22/2008 6:56am,
Best of luck Phoenix Talon.

You gotta' find the right JKD school. Better shop around....

PhoenixTalon
7/22/2008 10:16pm,
Thanks for all the input. I went and sat in on a meeting, and got a good vibe from the setting/instructor/students/etc. Everything looked spot-on to me. Don't know if anyone would call it the best school on earth, but it was free of mcdojoisms and I'm sure that I can learn a lot. There was a mention of a BJJ school that just opened up, so I may check that out a little later.