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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-09-2006, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a place to train in TORONTO

hello, i'm wondering if anyone here knows of a good place to train in the GTA. I've checked out a couple of places, but I've found nothing that appeals to me.
Any feedback at all is appreciated.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-09-2006, 10:27 PM
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The best place that I've found to train is where I've been at for the last three years or so. The style is called Chukido-Kwan Combat System and its a mixture of combat Hapkido and Chinese kempo with other martial art disciplines mixed in as well. We also do some Wing Chun and Jiu Jitsu grappling, striking, etc.

Our head Sensei is Grandmaster Charles Platten and he truly is a legend in the martial arts. He is a founding director of World Blackbelt Canada and is in the Who's Who in Martial Arts by Bob Wall. I never cease to be amazed at the amount he knows and his abilities in martial arts.

We have a pretty tight club in that most people hang around together after class and socialize together as well. In addition, we usually have at least four or five blackbelts teaching and our average class size is only around 16 - 20 people. The cost is super cheap - Sensei Chuck is not concerned about making any money - he and the rest of the senseis teach for the love of the sport. We have 3 hour long classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as additional classes on the weekends at Sensei Chucks and Sensei Omars places. The cost is only $10 a class or $65 a month. We actually have three guys that come all the way up from Buffalo just to train with us.

There is more information available at our website (although it is just been started up and is still under construction) about our location and club as well as a biography on Sensei Chuck. It's at Chukido-Kwan Combat Hapkido System. Feel free to PM me if you like - I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

BTW we are located at 3485 Semenyk Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario, L5C 3T7, Canada.
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The best place that I've found to train is where I've been at for the last three years or so. The style is called Chukido-Kwan Combat System and its a mixture of combat Hapkido and Chinese kempo with other martial art disciplines mixed in as well. We also do some Wing Chun and Jiu Jitsu grappling, striking, etc.

Our head Sensei is Grandmaster Charles Platten and he truly is a legend in the martial arts. He is a founding director of World Blackbelt Canada and is in the Who's Who in Martial Arts by Bob Wall. I never cease to be amazed at the amount he knows and his abilities in martial arts.

We have a pretty tight club in that most people hang around together after class and socialize together as well. In addition, we usually have at least four or five blackbelts teaching and our average class size is only around 16 - 20 people. The cost is super cheap - Sensei Chuck is not concerned about making any money - he and the rest of the senseis teach for the love of the sport. We have 3 hour long classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as additional classes on the weekends at Sensei Chucks and Sensei Omars places. The cost is only $10 a class or $65 a month. We actually have three guys that come all the way up from Buffalo just to train with us.

There is more information available at our website (although it is just been started up and is still under construction) about our location and club as well as a biography on Sensei Chuck. It's at Chukido-Kwan Combat Hapkido System. Feel free to PM me if you like - I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

BTW we are located at 3485 Semenyk Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario, L5C 3T7, Canada.


Wow. I'm actually very interested now, my friend and I are 15 (my friend will be 16 in February) and we're actually very interested in getting into MMA and were just wondering what are the age requirements and what do you teach? Also what would be the hours for the weekend classes? We're not 100% if we're going to attend your school yet, but I'd just like to know for future reference. Thanks alot man.


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hey dude, there a couple that i know of that are real good.
torontobjj is a nice mix of all the mma styles withtop notch world champion instructors, and they have an octogon(cool), check the website. bravadobjj, is in the northern part of toronto woodbridge actually, but they teach old school bjj and muay thai, there head guy is hoyler gracie trained.

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hey dude, there a couple that i know of that are real good.
torontobjj is a nice mix of all the mma styles withtop notch world champion instructors, and they have an octogon(cool), check the website. bravadobjj, is in the northern part of toronto woodbridge actually, but they teach old school bjj and muay thai, there head guy is hoyler gracie trained.


Wow, amazing. Can I have the link to the website, please? I'm really getting interested in looking for a school now, especially since it has BJJ and Muay Thai. Thanks.


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Actually, sorry for the double post but I've found the websites by searching through Google, lol. Thanks again.


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Wow. I'm actually very interested now, my friend and I are 15 (my friend will be 16 in February) and we're actually very interested in getting into MMA and were just wondering what are the age requirements and what do you teach? Also what would be the hours for the weekend classes? We're not 100% if we're going to attend your school yet, but I'd just like to know for future reference. Thanks alot man.
We do have a couple of young guys training with us - I think they are both 17 but the majority of us are older with the average age probably around 27 years. You guys are a bit on the young side since we do a lot of joint locks and you have to be careful about stressing the joints before they are fully developed. I do know that a nephew of Sensei Chucks has trained with us in the past and he is around 15 or so and has his orange belt already - so I guess you can start around your age if you are in physically good shape.

As far as what we focus on - we do a lot of stand up techniques like striking, a lot of throws and takedowns including finishing techniques such as joint locks, arm bars, heel locks, etc. We do an awful lot of kicks including spinning and jumping spinning kicks. The techniques are small, generally circular in nature and quite tight to the body and we use the opponents energy against them. This includes some Wing Chun movements and positioning as well as tai sabaki moves from Karate - we always try to maintain centreline and get our opponents to commit to a move and then execute from there. We also do grappling and ground techniques which include BJJ moves as well as wrestling techniques.

The way the belts progress is white belt involves learning techniques from the front, some kicks, sparring and ground techniques; yellow belt is techniques from the side, more kicks, sparring and defenses while mounted; orange belt is techniques from the rear, some spinning kicks, and again more grappling and sparring techniques. Once you get to green belt everything is done from motion so you check a punch or strike and then using you opponents momentum go straight into one or more in a series of techniques to incapacitate your opponent plus more spining and jumping spinning kicks. Also more grappling and sparring techniques. The more senior belts include progressively more refined and fluid movements for defense and attacks as well as the use of nerve strikes and the use of belts, canes, and other elements of weapon offense and defense, etc.

We also do a lot of knife and gun defenses as well. As I mentioned its a mixture of a few martial arts like hapkido, chinese kempo, jiu jitsu, stiking, and combat techniques. Its a blast and is the best mix of practical martial arts that I have ever been exposed to. It's hard to do it justice in a short few paragraphs like this.
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Thanks for the info.


Combat_HapKiDo, I really appreciate you typing all of that out. I'm definitely going to check out of one of these schools either very soon, or in the future. I'm interested in all. Thanks again for all your help.


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