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TeamSelig
09-15-2007, 05:38 PM
I know we have a bunch of fans on this board, so I was wondering if anyone actually trains in any MMA?

I just found a place that seems to be OK just about 15 minutes away, and I think I'm going to start going there here soon. They have BJJ and Muay Thai/Submission wrestling combo. I think I'm going to go with the Muay Thai cause IMO it is the funnest to watch.

I'm a little concerned about just paying them money to beat me down though. Anyone have any problems with local cage fighting schools?

nate
09-15-2007, 06:19 PM
I know we have a bunch of fans on this board, so I was wondering if anyone actually trains in any MMA?

I just found a place that seems to be OK just about 15 minutes away, and I think I'm going to start going there here soon. They have BJJ and Muay Thai/Submission wrestling combo. I think I'm going to go with the Muay Thai cause IMO it is the funnest to watch.

I'm a little concerned about just paying them money to beat me down though. Anyone have any problems with local cage fighting schools?

I studied traditional martial arts (TKD, BJJ, Hapkido) for years and was peripherally around a few MMA fighting schools. I think it boils down to the instructor. Go watch / take classes for a week and see if you like the school / students / instructor. Make sure to take in a sparring session.

Things to look for:

*If its a "name" school (like "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu") is the "name" guy actually ever there or is he / she a figurehead / disinterested office dweller / non-presence? Just because there's a "name" there doesn't make it good.

*Is sparring controlled by the instructor? If not, I would recommend against it.

*Do the students seem serious about learning or are they there to learn how to "kick ass?" I hate the "asskickers" because they have no control (and are typically the easiest to beat because of that) but they will hurt you if you're not careful (they're not).

*Are there a lot of extra "fees" in addition to the monthly? This is more common in a traditional MA school with every rainbow-colored belt / tip under the sky but some MMA schools have "ring fees" and other BS as a way to fleece you.

*Is a contract required? I hate schools that bind you into a yearly (or whatever) contract because you have little recourse if you hate it / have to go out of town / whatever.

mole44
09-15-2007, 08:22 PM
I have a buddy that trained at Jorge Gurgel's gym in West Chester. He even got to roll with Rich Franklin. They just moved into a new building that supposed to be top notch.

TeamSelig
09-15-2007, 11:36 PM
The guy said it's $25-40 per month (said most schools will charge up to $100/month), but he is more interested in getting together about 10 really motivated guys for his team.

They do have a free first training session so I will probably go check it out.

Javy Pornstache
09-16-2007, 01:04 AM
Where you going, Selig? If it's an upstart, it might be a good idea to jump aboard while he's wanting to put a team together. Just make sure he's legit, which I'm sure you would going into it. That's a pretty reasonable rate. If you're interested in doing it for fitness reasons, BJJ is probably the best. If you want to do it to improve your own standup technique, Muay Thai is obviously it. If you want to do it just for something fun, sounds like Muay Thai is your thing, go for it. If you're interested in actually competing, you should do them all, obviously.

TeamSelig
09-16-2007, 04:59 PM
Falconbury Warrior Concepts, it is in a really small town across the border into IL. I think I'm going to check it out.