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    Noob in NJ looking to start

    I figured a place called 'newbietown' would be as good a place as any to start off introducing myself. The giant text had nothing to do with it.

    I'm currently 18, reside in central NJ (in the Freehold region, ZIP code 08535) looking for a respectable place to train. BJJ or Judo preferably, but I'm open to any style if someone can sell me on it. I'm not a total novice to striking; I trained in TKD for two years before realizing it was mostly horse shit. Since then most of my striking 'instruction' has come from my ex girlfriend trying to get her new significant others to jump me.

    Any advice/recommendations?

    #2
    Yea, don't fuckin waste precious years on garbage martial arts.

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      #3
      Lots of good places in central jersey. Look for Judo, Sambo, BJJ, Muay Thai, MMA or boxing.

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        #4
        Welcome to Bullshido!

        Originally posted by Kickapoo View Post
        Any advice/recommendations?
        First of all, I'd recommend you take a look at the FAQ on finding a good martial arts school. In general, signs to look for are a competitive record, regular heavy contact sparring and 'aliveness' (if you're unfamiliar with the term, Matt Thornton has a long article on the topic describing what it is and why it's important: he is the man most associated with popularising the concept).

        If your interest is mainly in striking, the safest option if you want decent training is muay thai (which you'll also see as 'thai boxing'), along with martial arts like boxing and kyokushin karate. That's not to say there aren't good schools within other striking styles, but they tend to vary widely in quality.

        If you're more interested in grappling, then BJJ would be an excellent choice, as the strong competitive element and ability-based ranking system generally results in high quality training. A cheaper option is judo, which is also much easier to find - the two styles are closely related, the main difference being that judo normally focuses on throws whereas BJJ is mostly about the ground. For more on judo, read the Bullshido.com article - there is an article on BJJ too (you could also check my BJJ Beginner FAQ). SAMBO is another good choice, but even harder to find than BJJ. Then there's wrestling, which is also great training for grappling.

        Alternately, you could combine grappling and striking by cross-training in several arts, or at an MMA gym (though technically 'MMA' is a ruleset rather than a specific style). Examples of well known MMA gyms would be Team Quest and Miletich Fighting Systems.

        Finally, you could try having a look through the dojo reviews section, which might yield something more specific to your area. Alternately, you could try a Google site search, either off the Google toolbar, or by typing site:www.bullshido.net into Google, followed by the area (i.e., site:www.bullshido.net london).

        There are also several school databases you could try. For example, for BJJ:

        TrainJiuJitsu.com
        Gym Database (BJJ, MMA etc)

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