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Old 12-25-2009, 06:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question about styles

I want to join a couple of martial arts clubs in my area, but I'm not sure which styles to pick. The clubs I am interested in are a Judo club, a BJJ club, a boxing club, a Kyokushin Karate club and a Muay Thai club. Ideally I would like to take up BJJ and Muay Thai, but the two train on the same days.

I was thinking of either going with the BJJ and boxing, or the Judo and Thai boxing so as to develop skills in both grappling and throwing. The whole Japan worship thing that goes on in Japanese martial arts doesn't appeal to me so much, but ultimately all I care about is becoming an effective fighter. Which of these styles would you recommend I take up in order to achieve that goal as quickly as possible? I would like to train twice a week in each of the styles I do, so choosing more than two isn't really an option.

Edit: Doing BJJ and Kyokushin is also a possibility. Too many choices!

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Old 12-25-2009, 10:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally, given those options, I would do BJJ and Kyokushin. Grappling takes a long time to develop effectively, so you want to get started on that as early as possible. While, for MMA purposes, I would think that Muay Thai would probably be better than Kyokushin, many of the skills will translate, should you change later.

Plus, Kyokushin is a pretty good striking art anyhow.
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well the Kyokushin dojo does look pretty good but at the moment I am leaning towards doing Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. The reason for this is the JJJ dojo has three beginner's classes per week while the BJJ dojo only has two so I think I will progress faster.

Of course I will go along and participate in a couple classes before I join anything, but just based on the websites do these look like good clubs to you?
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I'd go with BJJ + MT. Good combo.

These clubs look decent. Ask them if you can get a couple day free trial.
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Yeah I think that most places give a few free sessions. At least one I would think.

You have the right idea about what you want to do. (As far as having a striking and a grappling technique) You might want to try them all and see which ones suit you better. It is really up to you. Every style you named can be extremely deadly if perfected. So it's really up to you as to which ones you would like to do.
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No to jack the thread, but on a similar note.. What is everyone's opinion on Kenpo Karate?
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Probably would help if I spelled it right huh.... Kempo ..
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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BJJ + Muay Thai, that's probably the best combo there IMO. Good luck with it dude, have fun =)
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If I were you I would do Judo vs MT. I may be a little biased because I use to wrestle and kick-box and my favorite place to work was in the clich using judo throws like over under arm drag sweeps trips and others unlike a traditional wrestler. What I found in doing this is that it was very unique often times throwing my opponents of guard. What I am saying here is that there aren't many prominent Judo players in mma everyone seems to like to train in BJJ. Perhaps if you became good at judo you should catch some people off guard and exploit a place where some may not train as much as you do. MT also does clinch work that you could change to an MT clinch or judo making for smooth transitions. Also MT is pretty simplistic as apposed to karate and master of the basics often is better and quicker to learn. For instance I have taken TKD and Karate and have developed a devastating spinning back kick front and shuffle side kick but one it took me a long time to prefect those and they are slower that a basic round house kick.


no question in my mind Judo and MT
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