1. #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2003

    Open mats in NYC?

    I've been lucky so far this summer in being able to train with Columbia's bjj club for free. But Columbia just gutted their wrestling room in a renovation project, and I'm really jonesing for somewhere to roll. My coach and several of my friends train at Renzo's, but this late in the summer it doesn't seem feasible to join up, as I'll be back in Boston by mid to late August. Does anyone know anywhere that has an open mat policy for grappling? I'm happy to pay mat fees, I just can't sign a contract right now. No gi would be preferable, but I'll take what I can get. Thanks for your help.

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    Northeast Anti-Silliness Department Inc. supporting member
    Ke?poFist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Long Island, NY
    Kaju, BJJ, Judo, Kempo
    Fight House. We have throwdowns there where it's $12 a head for a section of the room + Boxing ring, but if you wanted to go down with a friend or two, I'm not sure what they would charge just to get a piece of mat.

    Knowing is not enough, you must apply...
    ...Willing is not enough you must do
    ~Bruce Lee

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    It's all about the clinch. The clinch, I said. supporting member
    JP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    SAMBO, mma, jiujitsu
    Second for the fighthouse.

    It's 12 bucks a head. If you go down there during the day you should have no trouble getting space to roll, possibly even rolling on the patch of mats already set up.

    Peggy runs the joint and she's very nice and helpful. Its a good place to find space to do your thing.

    Also reccomended is that you shell out the extra few dollars to use the showers after you roll. I've know a couple friends to pick up ringworm there. Its a problem everywhere, though, so make sure you wash up after.
    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible, without surrender,
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even to the dull and ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    -excerpt of the poem called "Desiderata," by Max Ehrman, 1927.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    As above.

    Edgar and Peggy have always been great in their service to the martial community.

    Hells Bells - in further consideration....THAT is the kind of martial sanctuary I would hope to oneday own.

    VERY worth the trip.


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