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Old August 3rd, 2017, 02:40 PM #11
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This is really why I am really attracted to Jiu-Jitsu. I trained Krav Maga for awhile, but it is all or mostly striking based. So with Krav you are either not engaged with anyone or you are punching/kicking them in the groin. There is no middle ground, you're either at 0 or turned up to 11. That might be fine for a SHTF scenario but for everyday self defense that is not practical.
Huge It's always better to look at how to end things peacefully. That said, everyone should look at hard styles like Krav Maga and Bando. We all have to be able to flip the switch and end things decisively.
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I train at Ivey League MMA, and they cross train with Crazy 88 all the time. Both are fantastic schools, and offer classes in more than just BJJ (although that's my passion).

I wouldn't call BJJ (or grappling) in general a "soft" style. It is however controlled. Almost all fights end up on the ground at some point. There is a reason BJJ was a dominant martial art back in the days when UFC was no rules / any style. That said...always good to know striking skills too.
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Who's training jiu-jitsu and where are you training? I've been listening to the Jocko Willink podcasts and he's finally talked me into getting some training.
+1 for Jocko Podcast. I love it. Listen to him every week
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I train at Ivey League MMA, and they cross train with Crazy 88 all the time. Both are fantastic schools, and offer classes in more than just BJJ (although that's my passion).

I wouldn't call BJJ (or grappling) in general a "soft" style. It is however controlled. Almost all fights end up on the ground at some point. There is a reason BJJ was a dominant martial art back in the days when UFC was no rules / any style. That said...always good to know striking skills too.
yes, because strikers had essentially no takedown defense back then. Once strikers actually spent a small portion of training on takedown defense, they again became pretty dominant. It's easier to defend a takedown than to actually get one.
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I've been watching the Gracie University videos and have been learning a lot except that I have no one to roll with. I may do the online thing for awhile to learn some fundamentals before I try a class.
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I've been watching the Gracie University videos and have been learning a lot except that I have no one to roll with. I may do the online thing for awhile to learn some fundamentals before I try a class.
My two cents as someone with a background in BJJ/MMA/Muay Tha/Judo, for whatever it is worth:

Unless you lack time, qualified instructors in your area (which you do not), or money, this is not a great idea. You are just as likely to develop bad habits as you are good. The best and quickest way to develop good fundamentals is to start training in person under a qualified instructor, non a$$hole classmates, and plenty of alive training. Don't wait until you "learn some fundamentals", "get into better shape", or for anything else outside of an injury or health condition. By all means, schedule gym visits and attend a class or three before you commit to anything. Some gyms are better than others, and you should shop around for a place that fits your personality, style of learning, and goals. But do it in person, not via GU or other online video sources. They can be a good training enhancer, but you will really benefit from in person classes.
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I decided to go with these guys since they close to my office and they seem pretty legit. First lesson is tonight!
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I've trained with many of the schools in the area and haven't been to a "bad" one yet. Of course, I know what to look for and that helps. Many of the schools listed here are legit.

I prefer the one-stop shops and they all seem to be moving in that direction as I like striking and ground-work... I used to train at two locations at once (Muay Thai & BJJ) and it sucked. So, beginners might want to make sure they can train in the full spectrum to get a good understanding of fight dynamics. The small schools are more to my liking, but they're typically limited in their schedule. So, I am forced to look at bigger schools to accommodate my family's time requirements. The big schools aren't bad, but I just like training in smaller groups.

Lately, I have been intrigued with adding techniques from Geoff Thompson, Lee Morrison, and Kelly McCann.
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Just make sure you get a qualified instructor. BJJ is so new, you can track lineage back to its founders at this point. A good competition record also helps.

So many mcdojos out there, be careful.
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