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Zewkeeper
2/09/2009 2:42pm,
hey peoples, I've been lurking here for a while and have greatly enjoyed the majority of the posts, and so I finally decided to become a member myself.

my formal martial arts training started when I was about seven or so in a Shotokan based style ( I say shotohak based because recently the sensei changed some things and has apparently renamed her style from Shotokan to something called Jo Kwon Chi). After graduating highschool I joined the Army Reserves and met up with some people that studied a form of Japanese ju jitsu and being that I loved the martial arts and am always looking for something new to try I sort of fell in with them and loved it.

over the past two years or so I've been helping out my wife's uncles at a jiujitsu tournament they run and as luck would have it I've finally gotten settled in enough at work to embark upon my next evolution in martial arts, Brazilian Jiujitsu. So far it's been a blast and I look forward to progessing in the art as the years go by.

well, that's pretty much it for now I guess, I look forward to learning as much as I can from the other members on this site.

later.

BJJbot
2/09/2009 2:43pm,
We knew you could do it! Zewkeeper posted, YAY! And if a bot is this rude, just imagine harsh this is gonna be. Hope you're wearing a thick gi.

omoplatypus
2/09/2009 3:02pm,
welcome aboard!
how long have you been training BJJ? and what ranks did you get in shotokan and JJJ?

how do you like brazilian as compaired to japanese?

Zewkeeper
2/09/2009 3:24pm,
Thanks for the warm welcome,

In my former teacher's system the belt ranking was pretty generic you know white, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, high brown and then black. I eventually worked my way up to high brown but you couldn't test for 1st black until you were over 16 and I was 15 at the time and highschool football and girls were taking over my life at the time. As for my ranking in JJJ, there really wasn't any awarded that I'm aware of. We were studying in the garage of an old Army SF guy who learned the art in Japan way back when.

Honestly I find JJJ and BJJ to be rather complimentary to one another. I've found that when I'm sparring in class I'm able to use alot of the standing techniques I learned from JJJ on the other more experienced BJJ players. Of course when we go to the mat it's usually a completely different tale...eh..I'm working on it. although I discovered early on that many of the techniques are the same just slightly different in their approach..I've also learned that a counter to a certain technique that would work in JJJ might not work so well to counter the same variation of the technique from BJJ.

Like I said..I'm working on it. Trail and error right? At any rate finding a good BJJ school to train at is hard enough, and finding one that you have access too 24/7 is damn near impossible so I think I lucked out. Plus I really needed a system to help me at work to "control" suspects etc etc. and JJJ was really good for some things and even though there were ground techniques, I sort of felt limited and that by cross training in BJJ I could more effectively cover all the bases so to speak.

anyway thanks again for the warm welcome

Later

omoplatypus
2/09/2009 3:49pm,
control suspects eh? are you an LEO? if so, talk to a mod about getting a law enforcement tag for your name, as well as a military tag.

does your gym have a website? we are always looking for more decent places to check out.

Zewkeeper
2/09/2009 4:38pm,
Yessir I am indeed a LEO and they do have a website at www.bjjnc.com (http://www.bjjnc.com) it's the Pendergrass Academy of martial arts. Anyone's always welcome to stop in and train or simply just to say hi.

Later

omoplatypus
2/09/2009 4:50pm,
the school looks solid. i see they do MMA work there. do they have a fight team, or are they working on getting one together?

my only beef with the school, from what i see, is that the floorspace looks a little on the small side. hopefully classes aren't to big for the facility.

this is newbietown, so feel free to ramble on about yourself, school, style, or whatever.

Zewkeeper
2/09/2009 6:11pm,
The classes are smaller in size generally so the floor space doesn't play a huge factor in it. and I dont think they have a "fight team" per say but they do train a couple of guys that actively compete in amatuer fights. eventually I think a fight team may be a possibility but I'm really not sure as I haven't really asked about it.

I do know however they are part of the Gustavo Machado competition team so..there ya go if that helps any.

slideyfoot
2/10/2009 12:48am,
Welcome to Bullshido!


over the past two years or so I've been helping out my wife's uncles at a jiujitsu tournament they run and as luck would have it I've finally gotten settled in enough at work to embark upon my next evolution in martial arts, Brazilian Jiujitsu.
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/)
Beginning BJJ (http://www.beginningbjj.com/index.html) (free e-course and e-book)

Snwbrdngpoo
2/10/2009 1:21am,
Hello,

As a current student of JJJ, I find that your comments are similar to my thoughts on BJJ and JJJ.
Its good to have you here.

Zewkeeper
2/10/2009 2:00am,
Thanks for all of that information Slidey it's great to have a sort of cheat sheet to guide you along if you will.

Overall I've found that there is a huge amount of information on this site if you simply take the time to look for it. Again thanks for posting those links i appreciate it.