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Judon00b
7/07/2010 11:57am,
Good afternoon all,
I've been interested in starting Judo for a long time, and am now taking those first tenative steps in searching for a school. I've read the stickies on what to look for in a McDojo and such. Now I've found a school up in Manchester, NH. I've spoken with the head instructor, he seems like a really great guy, offers a competetive fee, with no contract, and I can train as often as they have classes that I can attend.

I'm just looking to see if anyone has any experience with the school, here's the web site: http://www.checkmateselfdefense.com/, They offer Judo, Jujitsu, and BJJ (Under Aldo Batista) and from speaking with the instructor I found out that the Jujitsu they offer is called "small circle jujitsu" as taught by a Professor Dave Castoldi. I've never heard of either Gentlemen, so I'm really hoping someone here can shed some light on this school. Is it a decent school? Are the arts they teach effective?

I search this forum and others and have found very limited information.

I sincerely appreciate everyone's time.

Regards,

Mtripp
7/07/2010 1:39pm,
The fact that this link is on the site:

http://www.checkmateselfdefense.com/2010/04/27/new-hampshire-stae-judo-championships/

Says they are legit.

I know Dave from years ago, tell him Mark Tripp says hi!

Soldiermedic
7/07/2010 1:57pm,
If you are close to Manchester, there is the Granite State Judo Institute http://www.gsji.org/main.htm (http://www.gsji.org/main.htm) , which would probably be a little cheaper if you are just looking for judo.

That being said, the school you did mention seems well balanced between sport and self defense, and Small Circle Jujitsu is a legit style to study.

If you are actually closer to the Massachusetts border, there are other schools close by as well, depending on where you are.

Judon00b
7/07/2010 2:20pm,
Thank you very much for the quick responses. I actually live about 20 minutes from the MA border. So I can get to northern MA failry easily. I did look into Granite State and have contacted them as well, but checkmate seemed more what I was looking for as I do want to cross train, once I have a foundation anyway. I got the sense it was a legit school just by the number of LEO that train there, but it never hurts to double check.

Thanks again for the help!

Regards,
JN

Soldiermedic
7/07/2010 2:30pm,
If you are in the Rindge/Jaffrey area, I would go across the border and check out http://fightingartsgardner.com/ They are more geared towards kickboxing, but they also do bjj and wrestling.

If you are further east www.massbjj.com (http://www.massbjj.com) in Acton. I would probably say its the school with the most experienced bjj instructors outside of Boston or Worcester. There are places out in Salem, MA too, but I dont know about the quality of instruction.

Good Luck

Mtripp
7/07/2010 2:32pm,
But if he is looking for Judo?

Soldiermedic
7/07/2010 2:46pm,
Judo just by itself I am a lot less inforned. He did say he wanted to crosstrain. The only pure judo schools I know of are the Worcester Judo Club and Pedro's Judo in Wakefield. Neither are really convenient to southern NH.

Soldiermedic
7/07/2010 2:51pm,
Mostly in Massachusetts there are a lot more Shaolin Kempo or Kensho Ryu more than anything else.

Styles seem to flock and flourish in certain areas but die out in others. I wonder if it reflects the temperament of the people of the region more than anything else. Maybe people up here were just more predispositioned to like Fred Villari more

tbubar
7/07/2010 3:39pm,
I've heard good things about Checkmate (here):http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=2258480&postcount=18 (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=2258480&postcount=18)

If Mtripp says it's good judo, I'm not sure what more you need.

Judon00b
7/08/2010 7:54pm,
Thanks everyone for all the replies. Looks like Checkmate it is. Can't wait to start.


Mr. Tripp,
You're not by chance related to Ron Tripp are you?


Regards,
JN

Mtripp
7/08/2010 8:30pm,
Thanks everyone for all the replies. Looks like Checkmate it is. Can't wait to start.


Mr. Tripp,
You're not by chance related to Ron Tripp are you?


Regards,
JN

Yes I am

Judon00b
7/16/2010 11:21am,
Very cool, and I will pass along your greetings to Mr. Castoldi.


Thanks everyone,

Regards,
JN

andrewpmma
12/09/2011 3:42pm,
i am a regular student at checkmate it is a very good school and the judo class is very good im friends with the instructors there and both are great guys and id highly recomend the jujitsu. small circle is a very fun and effective style that focuses of smooth transition. overall id say go for it

CaseyRyback
12/12/2011 7:40pm,
There's the Derry Judo club. Pretty sure they meet twice a week and pretty cheap. But I personally was not impressed.