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simonifrius
1/01/2009 7:34pm,
I'm getting ready to scout some schools for myself, and i was looking for opinions.

First one: www.roundkickgym.com (http://www.roundkickgym.com) Teaches Muay Thai, Sub Wrestling, and JKD as related through Paul Vunak. I'm curious about Vunak, because i've heard that there's controversy about him, but i can't find what it is. (Yes, i searched Paul Vunak on here, but it yields more results than i care to look up (dial-up dinosaur that i am))
Second: www.eliteedgeonline.com (http://www.eliteedgeonline.com) Kind of a hike for me, but they teach their traditional martial art (karate? doesn't give a brand), combatives (goshinjutsu...), and shooto. I sent an email to the club, asking what karate and which goshinjutsu they teach. I'll post later with an answer.
Third: www.barongankempo.com (http://www.barongankempo.com) They teach Chinese Kempo, and from what i hear, Muay Thai, Arnis, and small-circle jujitsu are also included, and their ground game has been augmented.

What i'm into: i don't care, i just love the arts. They fascinate me from every angle. I'm interested in competing someday (MMA), and i realize number one is the best option for that, but i'd like to know more about the Vunak thing first. I also don't want to train just for the cage, however, because it leaves a lot out. I prefer western arts, since they seem to take the more practical approach; i'm not interested in tradition.
So, would anyone with experience with Vunak JKD, gushinjutsu, shooto, or Chinese kempo care to help out?

TKDBot
1/01/2009 7:35pm,
Welcome aboard, simonifrius! The Bullshido staff would welcome you personally, but the thing is they’re busy keeping the peace, so they’ve apointed me, a bot, to pat you on the back and assure you that in no way will you be harmed during your stay here at BS.net. Your views on the martial arts, your philosphy, maybe even your entire reason for being will be challenged, shattered, reorganized, melted down, and forged into something new and shiny, but we swear it will only hurt a little bit… at first.

Asriel
1/01/2009 7:48pm,
The overwhelming consensus from the forum is going to be to go down to each Gym and try them out.

So err.... Do that

simonifrius
1/01/2009 8:04pm,
The overwhelming consensus from the forum is going to be to go down to each Gym and try them out.

So err.... Do that

yep. That's the goal. Just wanted to know if anyone had anything helpful to say about Vunak, Kempo, or Goshinjutsu. Two of those have been red-flagged in various places, and i want to know why.

animlmthr
1/01/2009 11:26pm,
I'm getting ready to scout some schools for myself, and i was looking for opinions.

First one: www.roundkickgym.com (http://www.roundkickgym.com) Teaches Muay Thai, Sub Wrestling, and JKD as related through Paul Vunak. I'm curious about Vunak, because i've heard that there's controversy about him, but i can't find what it is. (Yes, i searched Paul Vunak on here, but it yields more results than i care to look up (dial-up dinosaur that i am))
Second: www.eliteedgeonline.com (http://www.eliteedgeonline.com) Kind of a hike for me, but they teach their traditional martial art (karate? doesn't give a brand), combatives (goshinjutsu...), and shooto. I sent an email to the club, asking what karate and which goshinjutsu they teach. I'll post later with an answer.
Third: www.barongankempo.com (http://www.barongankempo.com) They teach Chinese Kempo, and from what i hear, Muay Thai, Arnis, and small-circle jujitsu are also included, and their ground game has been augmented.

What i'm into: i don't care, i just love the arts. They fascinate me from every angle. I'm interested in competing someday (MMA), and i realize number one is the best option for that, but i'd like to know more about the Vunak thing first. I also don't want to train just for the cage, however, because it leaves a lot out. I prefer western arts, since they seem to take the more practical approach; i'm not interested in tradition.
So, would anyone with experience with Vunak JKD, gushinjutsu, shooto, or Chinese kempo care to help out?


From the websites alone, the first one seems the most promising to me. I base this loosely on the types/variety of MA (MT, sub grap.) offered and the, for the lack of better words, wide range of times that classes take place. I don't know anything about the instructor wrt if he's shady or not.
As far as the other two sites, I couldn't find a class schedule or costs. It seemed they both were heavy on weapons training and TMA but they are still worth checking out.
Good Luck and keep us posted on what you decide to go with.