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    Help me choose a second gym please!!

    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 shit

    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!

    #2
    Can you give the websites or specific club names for those Judo clubs?

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      #3
      Judo club #1:
      SEISHINKAN JUDO ACADEMY
      http://judojohn.blogspot.com/

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

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        #4
        No help for loner?

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          #5
          First get over it and buy a gd gi.
          "Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez

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            #6
            Originally posted by fug View Post
            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?
            Carter Hargrave's Jeet Can't Do

            http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=31636

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              #7
              Originally posted by hungryjoe View Post
              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 fuck up and break my own wrist or something)

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

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                #8
                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.

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                  #9
                  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.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by LonerFu View Post
                    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.

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                      #11
                      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.
                      "Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez

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                        #12
                        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?

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                          #13
                          How does "Head instructor hardly there" fall under pro?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by LonerFu View Post
                            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

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by fug View Post
                              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.

                              Rudy Reyes > Bear Grylls

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