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jfingaz123
4/05/2010 5:30pm,
I'm going to be living in Japan for at least 6 months soon. I've been training BJJ for almost a year and a half and recently received blue belt. I would like to add some stand up training to my regiment to compliment the BJJ. We did mostly stand up self defense when i started in the basics class at my school, but when i went to the advanced class we always just started on the ground for randori unless it was an odd hour and not many people were there. (Probably due to limited space.) What are some of your thoughts on adding a striking art like Muay Thai (which i love and can probably find offered in a BJJ school there) or an art like Judo or JJJ? This is mostly with a self defense mind state although i want to assume that if i had to defend myself, my opponent could actually fight. I've read a lot of posts about JJJ and am interested in learning more, being that it is the root art of Judo and BJJ. Also, perhaps i could find a great teacher being that Japan is the source of the art.

Dak
4/05/2010 5:35pm,
judo, muay thai, boxing, JJJ are all poop.

you, my fine sir, are looking bujinkan. It is the ultimate in standup. they cant even spar because its so effective.

EDIT: In seriousness any of the above "poop" arts are great.

jfingaz123
4/05/2010 5:37pm,
Yea so I've heard. It probably would even trump the need to train BJJ anymore.

MMAMickey
4/05/2010 5:43pm,
boxing.. quickest to learn and arguably the best compliment to a solid grappling game (you never lose your base)

pmosiun
4/05/2010 5:49pm,
Boxing.

ADM
4/05/2010 6:01pm,
Another +1 to boxing

jfingaz123
4/05/2010 6:15pm,
Are throwing kicks and knees the reason it may be easier to learn having a constant solid base with boxing rather than Muay Thai?

devilboy7778
4/05/2010 6:23pm,
Well in Muay Thai they have a saying
punch beats kick
And boy is it ever right. Trust me (or dont idc) get some good boxing down.

Zapruder
4/05/2010 6:41pm,
I say boxing when you get back, when you are in Japan find something cool and fun to train while you are there.

Sang
4/05/2010 7:01pm,
Yeah i agree with Zapruder. The overall quality of the Judo/Kyokushin in Japan is probably going to be well above the boxing gyms. You wouldn't travel to Thailand to learn karate would you? So why try and find good Muay Thai in Japan when you have access to Kyokushin and it's siblings?

The quality of the instructor will always trump the 'quality' of the style.

Hesperus
4/05/2010 7:45pm,
There should be a variety of knockdown karate flavors swirling around you, most with more clinch grappling than Kyokushin, shop around for one of those and bring back a little funk to mix with the boxing you'll be taking when you get back.

Lindz
4/05/2010 7:48pm,
Do you want to be a butt flopping butt scooter all your life? Train judo.

jfingaz123
4/05/2010 10:24pm,
There should be a variety of knockdown karate flavors swirling around you, most with more clinch grappling than Kyokushin, shop around for one of those and bring back a little funk to mix with the boxing you'll be taking when you get back.

I've read on here that Kyokushin and Shotokan would be the some of the best forms of karate to train if i go that route. Are there any others i should consider? Do they implement clinch grappling?

MMAMickey
4/06/2010 3:54am,
kyokushin > shotokan like 90% of the time.

Mannetosen
4/06/2010 4:50am,
Do Kudo.

Danno997
4/06/2010 7:01pm,
With solid BJJ you already have overcome the biggest weakness of any standup art...not knowing wtf to do if you get tackled to the ground.

With that said, almost any stand-up should do with a quality instructor. Watch classes in a few schools so you can see the quality of the instructors and the results of their teachings as the students practice.