I haven't taken any kind of martial arts since i was a child and im looking to start taking some bjj classes and i wanted to know what should i look out for? The one school i was looking into was charge about $135(i think but not too sure) a month, is that reasonable? please help lol!!! I was gonna start a thread about this but i don't want to crowd up the forum with stuff that's probably been said already(btw i don't mean to hijack the thread op).
Way more expensive here in the states. GB gyms are around $125, smaller gyms around $80-100
Originally Posted by spasgur
So to revive an old thread.......
After a little over a year of Judo, I went to my first BJJ class at an academy down the street. A couple of thoughts-
1.). We spent the first 2/3rd of the class practicing, of all things, hip throws! I did learn several major lessons though- first, after a year of Judo, my hip those are still embarrassingly bad. Secondly, my break falls are way better than pretty much any other BJJer at the class. And lastly, BJJ/Judo rivalry aside, the hip throws demonstrated by the purple belt instructor were damn good. I could learn a TON (even that's a huge understatement) from him.
2.) I've always considers my pins pretty weak- especially yoko shiho gatame. But both my yoko shiho and my kesa gatame felt very strong tonight. Even though a pin doesn't win a match in BJJ, they are still damn good at demoralizing your opponent.
3.) I was able to submit both of my sparring partners fairly quickly, both with sode guruma. One of them asked how long I've been doing BJJ. I'm not going to lie, that did make me feel good about my newaza. Granted they were both white belts and I was arm barred a few times in sparring. I could literally count the number of times I've been arm barred in Judo during the last year on one hand and certainly never by a white belt. Goes to show how fast you can pick up the ground game in BJJ.
4.) I never got the chance to try out my standing game against any sparring partners. One of them asked if I wanted to start of standing and as much as I wanted to say yes, after looking at all the guys practicing on the ground, I knew it would be a disaster. Unfortunately, I had to tell him we were better off starting on our knees.
5.). Once again, BJJ/Judo rivalry aside, I felt quite at home in a BJJ class. Judo groundwork isn't all that different from BJJ and the hip throws from the BJJ instructor were impressive. The two arts have WAY more in common then they often times want to admit.
6.) BJJ is WAY more expensive than Judo. This could be the deciding factor on whether or not I go back.
All in all, I had a great time.
I find it abit strange that I've had so little training in take downs or throws. Granted, the last 4-5 months I've focused more on no gi BJJ but still, I hardly know how to do a hip throw. All I do is just shoot for doubles or singles and I've never had practice in any of those techniques so I am pretty bad at them. You can train freestyle wrestling at my gym now so I might try and go to a couple of classes.
So far what has clearly improved is my overall ground game, I would say my strengths are guard passes and kimuras. My guard sucks pretty bad, but I am starting to fare decently against other white belts. My flexibility has improved almost dramatically, especially in my legs. My overall body strength has also improved a lot and so has my cardio. I haven't been training as frequently as I want this past month, but in a week there won't be any classes at my college until september so I hope I can step it up then. I haven't had my first fight yet, but there's a tournament in fall that I consider signing up for.
I have been doing jiu jitsu a few years now, but only had my first tournament in January. I did OK, I went 5-2 (4 sub wins, 1 by points, 2 sub losses) losing to the same guy during the tournament and then for the final match. I got 2nd place, which isn't too bad even though I was secretly hoping to win the whole thing hahahahaha.
For me my mma class is 60$ a month, our instructor is pretty cool about prices, he makes most his money from managing the fighters here.
Originally Posted by telerion
I ended up signing up for one class a week. That makes it 1 BJJ class plus 2-3 Judo classes a week. It's becoming a bit of an expensive hobby. Combined with the fact that it's addicting as hell, means I'll probably be living in my car, training 6-7 days a week by the end of the year. Still, if you're going to be an addict, may as well become addicted to something that's good for you.
As far as signs of a bad addiction go, living in your car is not the one to watch out for. When you find yourself offering to give your JiuJitsu instructor a handjob in the backally for just 20 more minutes of guard passing instruction, then you should probably seek help.
Originally Posted by Wahoo08
Wait, you get 20 mins for a handjob???? Damn, I need to work on my negotiating skills....
Originally Posted by LordZardoz