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LonerFu
8/06/2009 12:05am,
So I'm currently shopping around for another training place at the moment, and I'd like to hear other people's opinion's on my options, just to help me see if I've missed anything out.

Judo club #1 ($60 a month)
Pros:
- Competes often, wins A LOT
- Priced well
- Good teacher to student ratio
- Judo segues into the SAMBO I want to do later on

Cons:
- I have to drive (additional $$$)
- Only 1 class per week
- Need to buy a gi and pay for lifetime insurance when I start

Judo club #2 ($50/$95 per month)
Pros:
- Cheapish
- Segues into SAMBO
- Close to Uni, easy to get to (but far from home, so the return trip is a bit of a bitch)
- Public transport is cheap

Cons:
- Need to buy a Gi
- May only be able to train once a week because of my class timetable
- Seems a bit traditional (not necessarily a problem)
- Not a lot of emphasis on competition (hard to tell, since only the website, but the club owner runs a lot of Judo competitions, so who knows?)

Ground Zero BJJ/Judo ($70/$99 a month)
Pros:
- Have friends
- Have been to classes
- Offers some Judo and BJJ = perfect
- In the CBD, so close to uni and not too bad for my house
- Competition focused and proven.
- a LOT of rolling
- Head instructor hardly there (so it seems)

Cons:
- Expensive, especially for a single training a month
- Have to buy a Gi
- Gradings are rare and inconsistent
- Warm ups are poorly run and generally ****

Blackbelt MMA ($100 a month)
Pros:
- 15 minute drive from my house
- Range of classes
- Additional conditioning gym I can use any time I want (like after work maybe)
- Instructor is incredibly friendly and has answered all my questions promptly and politely

Cons:
- Only 2 classes per week + unlimited training mat time (I'm really unsure of the distinction and it's the only time I've heard it used)
- Expensive, only 1 payment option - bit of a bitch when my University work gets going I have to train less
- No information on the club, no website etc - hard to know what's what


What do you guys think? I get plenty of stand up practice already, so I'm looking for some other stuff. I'll be trying a few of these places out over the next month and keep everyone updated, but there's always advice to be given and things I might have missed.

Thanks a bunch!

Rask
8/06/2009 12:09am,
Can you give the websites or specific club names for those Judo clubs?

LonerFu
8/06/2009 12:51am,
Judo club #1:
SEISHINKAN JUDO ACADEMY
http://judojohn.blogspot.com/

Judo #2
Shudokan Judo/Jujitsu/karate/aikido
http://www.shudokan.vaju.org.au/

LonerFu
8/06/2009 8:31pm,
No help for loner?

patfromlogan
8/06/2009 9:11pm,
First get over it and buy a gd gi.

hungryjoe
8/06/2009 9:29pm,
First get over it and buy a gd gi.

For truth.

Buy a single weave. It won't cost that much and will last way past the time you've decided if judo / bjj is for you.

Go try judo.


Judo club #1 ($60 a month)
Pros:
- Competes often, wins A LOT
- Priced well
- Good teacher to student ratio
- Judo segues into the SAMBO I want to do later on

Cons:
- I have to drive (additional $$$)
- Only 1 class per week
- Need to buy a gi and pay for lifetime insurance when I start

I really don't understand the requirement for life insurance. 30 years in martial arts and this is the first I've heard of this requirement.

Anyone?

LonerFu
8/06/2009 9:31pm,
For truth.

Buy a single weave. It won't cost that much and will last way past the time you've decided if judo / bjj is for you.

Go try judo.

I really don't understand the requirement for life insurance. 30 years in martial arts and this is the first I've heard of this requirement.

Anyone?

Maybe that's not the appropriate term, in the email I got from the guy he said one off insurance cost. What I meant was me being insured during my life in the club (in case I like **** up and break my own wrist or something)

Sigh... I guess I will have to buy a Gi, what are the robust brands?

mgb
8/06/2009 10:37pm,
The fee is probably a yearly membership to your Judo National Governing Body, which includes a degree of insurance covering your participation in Judo - at least that what my USA Judo Membership does.

Ask the sensei wherever you sign up how much he can get you a gi for - they get discounts. I got mine for $55 usd. Just get a single weave, don't worry about top of the line or anything, you don't want to be buying a $200 judogi quite yet I don't think.

LonerFu
8/06/2009 10:41pm,
Sounds about right to me,

I checked some other details, at the Ground Zero gym I could train BJJ once a week and Judo twice, and during holidays BJJ 2-3 times and Judo twice, so I'm leaning towards that particular gym at the moment.

mgb
8/06/2009 10:43pm,
Sounds about right to me,

I checked some other details, at the Ground Zero gym I could train BJJ once a week and Judo twice, and during holidays BJJ 2-3 times and Judo twice, so I'm leaning towards that particular gym at the moment.

Once you start you will definitely want to be doing judo at least twice a week, I wish I could do 4, so that is good.

patfromlogan
8/07/2009 12:03pm,
Sounds good. Most BJJ and Judo are good schools, though of course it varies (like the Japanese racist jerkwads who favor Js in Honolulu vs Kevin Osano's great school). Good luck.

LonerFu
8/08/2009 6:08am,
Thanks guys, I'm pretty much set I'll go to the BJJ & Judo place. Just have to finalise a few things.

Anyone know a good brand of robust and affordable Gi?

asator
8/08/2009 10:51am,
How does "Head instructor hardly there" fall under pro?

mgb
8/08/2009 11:53am,
Thanks guys, I'm pretty much set I'll go to the BJJ & Judo place. Just have to finalise a few things.

Anyone know a good brand of robust and affordable Gi?


Gi / grappling apparel megathread - No BS MMA and Martial Arts (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=75871)

Ka-Bar
8/08/2009 12:07pm,
Sounds good. Most BJJ and Judo are good schools, though of course it varies (like the Japanese racist jerkwads who favor Js in Honolulu vs Kevin Osano's great school). Good luck.

Do you train with Osano? He seems like a really cool guy and a great teacher.

patfromlogan
8/08/2009 4:46pm,
I wish, HoratioHooah, a missing member of BS, trained there and we met up twice for TDs. He got his brown in 9 months and said that while there was plenty of jealously, Kevin give belts when deserved.

Some of our haole friends' kids trained judo in Manoa and reported bad racist ****.