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    BJJ schools in NYC?

    Hey bullies, I’m moving to NYC and am looking for recommendations for places to train. My focus is primarily BJJ/submission grappling/sambo, with Muay Thai, wrestling and MMA as secondary interests.

    I’m going to be living in Bushwick near the Chauncey St. stop on the J, so I’d prefer something close to there by public transit. Also I’ll be working near 50th St. & 8th Ave. and so I'll consider schools in Manhattan in case I can’t find a suitable place in Brooklyn.

    I think my upper limit for cost is ~$250 / month, although obviously I’d prefer less.

    I’ve already done some searches and dug through old threads, and some of the places I’m considering are:
    Birdman BJJ
    Ronin Athletics
    Combat Judo
    Green Point MMA
    Vitor Shaolin BJJ
    Una Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
    Class One MMA
    NY Combat Sambo
    Marcelo Garcia BJJ
    Alliance BJJ
    Renzo Gracie Brooklyn
    Evolution Muay Thai
    NY Sanda
    Radical MMA

    Information (contracts, atmosphere, teaching styles, drama alerts), opinions, and approximate pricing would be much appreciated.

    #2
    Every time I am in NYC I train at Marcelo Garcia BJJ.

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      #3
      i would think that NYCS and MG would both be pretty easy for you to get to from work. i can tell you that if i wasn't going to my judo dojo i would be at one of those two places without a doubt.

      that being said, i know that garry st. leger is with renzo's brooklyn gym, and his judo is top notch (BJJ too) so you probably can't go wrong there either.

      if you ever start to miss judo, you should come drop by the KBI for randori some time, we'd be glad to have you visit!
      "Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
      "When I was a little boy, I had a sailor suit, but it didn't mean I was in the Navy." - Mtripp on the subject of a 5 year old karate black belt
      "Without actual qualifications to be a Zen teacher, your instructor is just another roundeye raping Asian culture for a buck." - Errant108
      "Seriously, who gives a fuck what you or Errant think? You're Asian males, everyone just ignores you, unless you're in a krotty movie." - new2bjj

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        #4
        Marcelo Garcia really narrows down an otherwise good list pretty quickly.
        Of the single rapier fight between valiant men, having both skill, he that is the best wrestler, or if neither of them can wrestle, the strongest man most commonly kills the other, or leaves him at his mercy.
        –George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence

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          #5
          I train at Marcelo's, it is jiu jitsu heaven. 220/month for unlimited classes, annual contract. And you get access to MGINAction.com w/ the contract.

          Paul Schreiner is probably the most technical BJJ instructor on the planet. Bernardo Faria is no slouch either. Although he's just recovering from ACL surgery, Marcelo is on the mats or teaching pretty much every day.

          Renzo's is great too, they have more MMA style training (MT etc.) and a much bigger facility (and John Danaher). For pure BJJ/grappling though, you can't beat MG. I roll with world champs daily and the guys could not be nicer/humbler. The current crop of brown belts are the best in the world, hands down.

          Come down for a few trial classes (I think if you already train they give you two free days of training before you have to commit to anything).

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            #6
            Dan Covel, who also trains with me at MG, runs the BJJ program at NYSANDA. Dan is an awesome dude and a sick grappler (I think he just won No Gi pans at black belt). He's also been doing judo since he was six so he's got stand up game too.

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              #7
              Thanks, good information all around. Gonna have to check out Marcelo's, Renzo's, NYCS and NY Sanda!

              And Ming, I'll make a stop by your dojo some time so we can get some randori in. :) It'll have to be mostly newaza though, I have a back injury that unfortunately keeps me away from working throws.

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                #8
                Sorry to see you leaving the Garden State. If you ever want a NJ bully to roll with, hit me up via PM.

                +1 for MG, just my humble opinion.
                '�I am no advocate of passivity,� Coffin Mott said in an 1860 speech. �Quakerism, as I understand it, does not mean quietism. The early Friends were agitators; disturbers of the peace; and were more obnoxious in their day to charges, which are now so freely made, than we are.�'

                My Glossary: https://www.bullshido.net/forums/sho...d.php?t=129294

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by ViciousFlamingo View Post
                  Thanks, good information all around. Gonna have to check out Marcelo's, Renzo's, NYCS and NY Sanda!

                  And Ming, I'll make a stop by your dojo some time so we can get some randori in. :) It'll have to be mostly newaza though, I have a back injury that unfortunately keeps me away from working throws.
                  nice, it would be nice to see you again... we have a newaza-only class on saturday you could check out.
                  "Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
                  "When I was a little boy, I had a sailor suit, but it didn't mean I was in the Navy." - Mtripp on the subject of a 5 year old karate black belt
                  "Without actual qualifications to be a Zen teacher, your instructor is just another roundeye raping Asian culture for a buck." - Errant108
                  "Seriously, who gives a fuck what you or Errant think? You're Asian males, everyone just ignores you, unless you're in a krotty movie." - new2bjj

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by W. Rabbit View Post
                    Sorry to see you leaving the Garden State. If you ever want a NJ bully to roll with, hit me up via PM.

                    +1 for MG, just my humble opinion.
                    Rabbit, you still training with Emily Kwok?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by goshinbudoJJ View Post
                      Rabbit, you still training with Emily Kwok?
                      Yeah my son and I both train with her. I don't get to go nearly as often as I would like due to work schedule but I'm shooting for more mixed/open class time in the near future.

                      She and her co-instructors are amazing. I have nothing but praise for the curriculum there, it's a great place to train.
                      '�I am no advocate of passivity,� Coffin Mott said in an 1860 speech. �Quakerism, as I understand it, does not mean quietism. The early Friends were agitators; disturbers of the peace; and were more obnoxious in their day to charges, which are now so freely made, than we are.�'

                      My Glossary: https://www.bullshido.net/forums/sho...d.php?t=129294

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by W. Rabbit View Post
                        Yeah my son and I both train with her. I don't get to go nearly as often as I would like due to work schedule but I'm shooting for more mixed/open class time in the near future.

                        She and her co-instructors are amazing. I have nothing but praise for the curriculum there, it's a great place to train.
                        Second that, Emily and Art are terrific and really nice people to boot. Haha Rabbit, we may have trained together.

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                          #13
                          Yeah, I've heard great things about Emily and the crew down in Princeton. Been trying to get my wife to attend one of her Groundswell Grappling camps but it hasn't worked out due to logistics.

                          Let me know if you ever stop by the mothership :)

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by goshinbudoJJ View Post
                            Yeah, I've heard great things about Emily and the crew down in Princeton. Been trying to get my wife to attend one of her Groundswell Grappling camps but it hasn't worked out due to logistics.

                            Let me know if you ever stop by the mothership :)
                            I'll holler, I know I'm gonna have stop by at some point no matter what. :)

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by W. Rabbit View Post
                              Yeah my son and I both train with [Emily Kwok]. She and her co-instructors are amazing.
                              Emily Kwok is a great instructor. I trained with her often at Marcelo's gym a few years ago.
                              “Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4

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