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    New to mma: judo for grappling?

    Hello everyone. First time poster on a forum ever so sorry if I do something stupid. I've been lurking for a while now but since I am about to start training mma in two days I thought I might introduce myself since I have a question about grappling training.

    I've been doing various martial arts since high school. After I started reading bullshido I realized that aikido, taekwondo, and tai chi may not have exactly been the most efficient use of my time. Thus, I decided I wanted to try some more alive training.

    Right now I am in Taiwan for the summer and have found a local mma gym that has some sanda, muay thai and mma classes that I will try out. Unfortunately, it appears that there is no grappling class offered at that gym aside from hapkido.

    There is another mma gym in Taiwan that has BJJ taught by a black belt. Unfortunately for me, the instruction appears to be in English and since I'm technically here to study Chinese I'm trying to limit my English use to the web. Fortunately for me, there just so happens to be a Judo club at the university where I am studying.

    So my question is this: If i were to get my grappling from Judo, can I learn enough in 3 months to get something substantial from it for mma or would my time be better spent focusing on striking?

    #2
    As a Judo blackbelt I'm going to say no. Stick with the San Da.

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      #3
      No 3 months of Judo will do little to nothing to help you.
      Judo is only gentle for the guy on top.

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        #4
        Three months of anything will not get you prepared for MMA. Anyone who's good in MMA has a substantial background in a single range sport.


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          #5
          There is good tai chi in taiwan. Just make sure they do this fairly often
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            #6
            Originally posted by Omega the Merciless View Post
            As a Judo blackbelt I'm going to say no. Stick with the San Da.
            agreed. as a judo brown belt and sanda coach, i agree with omega. stick with sanda for now and join a proper grappling gym when you are more settled.
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              #7
              As all the experts say no, I won't argue. But it might help you learn the language and make some friends (and give you at least some throwing/breakfall experiences).
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                #8
                Originally posted by fug View Post
                As all the experts say no, I won't argue. But it might help you learn the language and make some friends (and give you at least some throwing/breakfall experiences).
                well, if the sanda class is any good, he should get some throwing and breakfall experience there too. it won't be judo, but it's a start.
                "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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                  #9
                  Is hapkido grappling? I'm not sure. All I ever saw on it was that one episode of Fight Quest. But if it's included in the gym fee it might not be a bad idea to try it out once or twice.

                  Other than that, +1 to expert opinions stated above

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                    #10
                    no its not grappling
                    Judo is only gentle for the guy on top.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Coach Josh View Post
                      no its not grappling
                      I thought not. Thanks for the clarification.

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                        #12
                        You could always go to bjj class and pretend you don't speak English.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by helmutlvx View Post
                          I thought not. Thanks for the clarification.
                          I'm going to disagree a bit with Coach here. Hapkido isn't necessarily a grappling art but I have been to some schools that do ground, decent throws and really are about as alive as you hope for.

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                            #14
                            Thanks for the advice everyone. This saves me from trying to find a gi here. I'm going to the gym today and if it checks out will be focusing on sanda for the next three months.

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                              #15
                              LOL Omega I was going to post a long diatribe about Hapkido having grappling and school to school emphasis but decided to just say no.
                              Judo is only gentle for the guy on top.

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