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NerdTastic
9/16/2008 4:28am,
Where to begin? I'm a soon to be 19yr old college student majoring in US relations with China at the University of Arizona, hoping to be a diplomat after I graduate/learn Mandarin fluently.

I'm a white belt at Kodenkan Martial Arts Academy in Tucson, Arizona at the "Hiraido Jiujitsu" class (essentially MMA). I'm about 5'8" and 160lbs. with a little wrestling background and some dabbling in Northern shaolin Long Fist which didn't stick (luckily). I always check this site out before I look into starting classes at a dojo so I figured it'd be a good idea for me to finally register.

I tend to like BJJ more than Muay Thai (largely because I suck more at stand-up) though I'm determined to stick with MT as I want a rounded fighting game. I train predominantly for self-defense (and more importantly to be able to protect the ones I care about) and fun (nothing is more fun than walking into the dojo feeling like **** and coming out bruised and dehydrated but having lasted through that workout).

I like graphic design a lot and have a part-time job working in a biotechnology research lab doing design work/tech support. It's a nice dichotomy the mental/creative rigors at work and the physical rigors on the mat. If the site needs a random freelance graphic designer for some upgrades I'd be happy to volunteer my free time (just don't expect anything to be done quickly since I'm busy as blazes). My favorite authors at the moment are Henry David-Thoreau and Herman Hesse, both of which are rather reminescent of my prose whenever you can coax me into writing.

Oh, and the "NerdTastic" bit comes from the fact that I was on the Varsity chess team in highschool, study theoretical physics when I'm bored and have spent saturday nights playing DnD and I'm likely to kick your ass in Halo 3. Throw out insults if you want a cheap laugh but it's really not all that different from "BJJ is toewtally GHEY" in my mind.

So that's me, I hope to improve my game quite a bit with access to the knowledge-base here and would be happy to make some acquaintances and perhaps even training partners.

Cheers,

NerdTastic

KungFuBot
9/16/2008 4:29am,
So NerdTastic, 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).

Steve
9/16/2008 5:50am,
Classic. You should become friends with MEGA JESUS-SAN.

Welcome to Bullshido.

slideyfoot
9/16/2008 7:04am,
Welcome to Bullshido!


I'm a white belt at Kodenkan Martial Arts Academy in Tucson, Arizona at the "Hiraido Jiujitsu" class (essentially MMA). I'm about 5'8" and 160lbs. with a little wrestling background and some dabbling in Northern shaolin Long Fist which didn't stick (luckily). [...]

I tend to like BJJ more than Muay Thai (largely because I suck more at stand-up) though I'm determined to stick with MT as I want a rounded fighting game.
Ah, so you train here (http://www.kodenkanmartialartsacademy.com/tucson_mixed_martial_art.html)? How is the BJJ incorporated into that curriculum: is it taught by someone with BJJ rank?

Either way, you might find this BJJ Beginner FAQ (http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/2006/10/bjj-beginner-faq.html) useful, as a new student in BJJ.

As I mention in that FAQ, for further reading on BJJ, I'd recommend the following threads:

Training, Stagnation and Tapping (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=974042)
Maximizing what you get out of rolling (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1253088)
Protecting Yourself During Sparring (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1234198)
Grappling Basic Principles (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=20609)
Advice for Noobs (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1776425&postcount=1)
First Day Lesson (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1232603)
Fundamental 5 (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1019474)
Obvious Epiphanies (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=62601)

And the following articles:

Starting BJJ Classes (http://www.grapplearts.com/Starting-BJJ-Classes.htm)
Nuggets of Advice (http://www.aesopian.com/127/nuggets-of-advice/)


Oh, and the "NerdTastic" bit comes from the fact that I was on the Varsity chess team in highschool, study theoretical physics when I'm bored and have spent saturday nights playing DnD and I'm likely to kick your ass in Halo 3. Throw out insults if you want a cheap laugh
You'd (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=11479) be (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=31578) surprised (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=26031).

NerdTastic
9/16/2008 12:01pm,
Classic. You should become friends with MEGA JESUS-SAN.

Welcome to Bullshido.
The name sounds familiar, is he the guy who trains in Archery or something off-the-wall like that? Perhaps I'm completely pulling this out of my ass.



Thanks for the Welcome...and why should I become friends with him?


Oh and Slideyfoot? That was creepy how fast you pulled up my school's web page. Typically we separate it into striking time and grappling time with wrestling and Judo takedowns/throws interweaved when applicable. For instance we'll drill a takedown then link that to a submission, then a reversal to that submission, then how to reverse that reversal or a different submission entirely from the same position.

Honestly it was kind of shocking for me that I didn't actually check the instructor's BJJ credentials though he honestly seems to know his ****. I gather I'm not the most knowledgeable guy when it comes to BJJ but the liveness of the class, the fact that the positions and such make practical sense to me, and the fact that our guys do fairly well in competition (both in and out of house tourneys) strikes me that this is legit. I know the instructor has a strong foundation in Judo and Jiujitsu as he trained in Japan for almost a decade before moving back to the states, I don't know if that seems like enough to warrant continued training there, but it seems sufficient at least for right now.

Oh God, seriously? BJJ=/=DnD that's just terrible, yet hillarious.

slideyfoot
9/16/2008 4:38pm,
Honestly it was kind of shocking for me that I didn't actually check the instructor's BJJ credentials though he honestly seems to know his ****. I gather I'm not the most knowledgeable guy when it comes to BJJ but the liveness of the class, the fact that the positions and such make practical sense to me, and the fact that our guys do fairly well in competition (both in and out of house tourneys) strikes me that this is legit.
He may well know his stuff, but I would have thought that's going to be difficult for you to judge: as you say, you haven't had much experience with BJJ (though if the students have had success in BJJ competition against BJJers, that's a good sign: is that what you meant by out of house tourneys?).

It might be worth checking out a local BJJ school to see what level you're at, if BJJ is something you'd like to pursue in more detail. Judging by the TrainJiuJitsu (http://www.trainjiujitsu.com/bjj/) site, there are at least three in your area: Tucson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy (http://www.tucsonbrazilianjj.com/), DeBrazil Jiu-Jitsu Academy (http://www.debraziljiujitsu.com/MainFrame.htm) and something listed as the Old School Gym (http://www.trainjiujitsu.com/bjj/listings.cfm/165/Old-School-Gym.html)

Of course, if you're happy with your training, that's all well and good. I simply mention it because you listed your style as 'MMA (MT/BJJ/Judo)', rather than Hiraido Jujitsu. BJJ certainly isn't the only decent style out there, but I'd be wary of anywhere offering BJJ (or indeed BJJ-derived) classes if the instructor's history in BJJ is unclear.

NerdTastic
9/16/2008 6:36pm,
He may well know his stuff, but I would have thought that's going to be difficult for you to judge: as you say, you haven't had much experience with BJJ (though if the students have had success in BJJ competition against BJJers, that's a good sign: is that what you meant by out of house tourneys?).

Well we've got one guy who we're pushing for competition out at some Casino (and up I suppose) and we've got another guy who is a state wrestling champ+state Judo champ. A group of our guys crosstrain at Ultima gym and I haven't heard of any complaints about them being outgunned at all so I'm assuming the training is par.


It might be worth checking out a local BJJ school to see what level you're at, if BJJ is something you'd like to pursue in more detail. Judging by the TrainJiuJitsu (http://www.trainjiujitsu.com/bjj/) site, there are at least three in your area: Tucson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy (http://www.tucsonbrazilianjj.com/), DeBrazil Jiu-Jitsu Academy (http://www.debraziljiujitsu.com/MainFrame.htm) and something listed as the Old School Gym (http://www.trainjiujitsu.com/bjj/listings.cfm/165/Old-School-Gym.html)

Unfortunately my poor ass can't afford to pay for school and a car so this is the only one within a reasonable bussing distance.


Of course, if you're happy with your training, that's all well and good. I simply mention it because you listed your style as 'MMA (MT/BJJ/Judo)', rather than Hiraido Jujitsu. BJJ certainly isn't the only decent style out there, but I'd be wary of anywhere offering BJJ (or indeed BJJ-derived) classes if the instructor's history in BJJ is unclear.

I suppose I listed it as such because that's how I interpret it? All of the information just classifies it as Hiraido Jiujitsu, but if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, I guess I just call it a duck.

Thanks for your help though and I'll be sure to check out all of that info you posted.