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Old 08-20-2008, 03:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I'm very interested in taking a combat sport (I guess that's what you could call them), and exploring Chinese martial arts (i.e. kung-fu), basic karate, taekwondo and even fencing, I've pretty much effectively settled on judo. I figure it's best for my size (I'm 6'3" and 270 lbs.), and the sport aspect of it seems very down to Earth and gritty. Your objective is to slam the opponent's body into the ground (or just subdue). No sugar-coating. I like that.

But I really don't know where I'm gonna find a dojo (is that the right word?) to learn it in. I don't know how to find a reputable instructor, or just how to start. Now, I know there's a few guys here that do judo, so I was hoping for a little insight. Maybe some thoughts on the subject. Thanks for any tips!
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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To make the post, yes. But I've been interested in judo for a long time. It is, however, a huge commitment, so I don't want to start wrong...
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I fight MMA style, and I find for me (Light heavywight class) the following are most fun, and effective:

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Personally, I like Sambo and Muay Thai more than the others, but that's also because they both have very practical uses

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Old 08-20-2008, 03:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The USJA (US Judo Association) and AAU probably both have contact info on their web sights. See if you can find a local option through those sources.

Local law enforcement is also a good place to look for opinions. I don't know of a police force that doesn't have at least a few guys who keep up some sort of martial arts training.


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Old 08-20-2008, 04:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The AAU didn't have a Gulf region contact (I'm in Houston, TX), and I couldn't find any info on USJA's site. I know a few guys in blue. I'll have to ask them next time I see them.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Go to the and then to there forum and ask on there. they will recommend who would be good in the area for you.
I Goggled judo in Houston and there are a lot of choices.
After seeing who is who there , go to a few of them and see who fits.
I have two DOJO's within about a mile or so, but I drive 10 miles 3 times a week to help teach and practice at my favorite Sensei's DOJO.
I teach for 1.5 hrs and then work out for 1.5-2 hrs.
The key is finding someone who fits your style.
One of the reasons I do Judo is because it does not cost $150 a month like most other martial arts. All but one dojo in town is basicly free.
Find a DOJO,Join the USJA/USJF/USA org, Start out slow and Enjoy!
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You should check out Aikido as well it is a pinical of MA if you ask me, all defense and all about body mechanics, fun fun stuff, not enough dojos around me to keep taking it though.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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inexpensive eh? sounds like my kind of martial arts.
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I went to a school affiliated with the Nanka Yudanshakai & also the USJF. Both organizations provide a backbone of support for their member clubs. Things like systematic testing & sportive rules and other logistical help to foster the sport/art of Judo.

As it pertains to the students and their membership money... Like any umbrella organization, hopefully the members are provided with qualified instruction and a means of support to grow their level of expertise in any direction they might pursue (competition, fitness, kata, coaching, etc.)

Just from my past experiences: I was very happy with the USJF. I felt the organization cultivated opportunities for all members. From children to seniors. From those looking to compete at the highest levels (international competitions) to those basically looking for a social outlet centered around a martial art.

BTW: The USJF is holding a contest right now. They're looking for a name for their mascot.

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