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Josh Brehm 08-09-2006 04:58 PM

I'm looking to get back into MA. I used to be involved in Shorin ryu Karate, but had to quit when I moved. I'm looking now to train in modern arts (BJJ, MT, Judo, NHB type arts), but the closest gyms seem to be close to an hours ride away, and I don't have the ability to get there.

Does anyone know anywhere close-ish to Dallas, Oregon (15 miles west of Salem) where I can train for not too much? Or, can anyone instruct me on how to train by myself at home until I'm able to start training at a gym?

The gyms I'm looking at right now once I'm able to get there regularly and without paying an arm or leg in gas fees are, straight blast gym, and Once I'm able to start training, which would you all say would be the best gym to train at?

Ellen Stenard 08-10-2006 07:40 AM

I think the guys from Team Chaos train out of the Salem Gold's Gym:
I don't know much about them other than they get a lot of guys onto fight cards up here.

Are you looking at the Beaverton Straight Blast? That school has an excellent reputation and is where I'd train if I weren't at Team Quest. Gresham's probably a bit much of a drive, otherwise I'd try to talk you into coming up here and training with me.

Josh Brehm 08-10-2006 09:39 AM

I'm gonna look into this Team Chaos. What can you tell me about them? Also where and what do you teach up in Gresham? I may be training eventually up in the portland area, so I want to learn about as many gyms up there as possible.

Ellen Stenard 08-10-2006 11:19 AM

I don't teach, just train here:
If you're interested, there's a mini-camp coming up in September that's open for anyone to attend. It's a three day seminar, I know Dan Henderson will be instructing and I imagine at least 1-2 others. I went to the last one and had amazing instruction from Matt Lindland, Chris Leben and Robert Follis. It's a great intro to MMA.

I really don't know much about Team Chaos at all, just that they produce a lot of guys who come up to Portland to fight. There will be a few of them fighting this Saturday in St. Helen's.

Sean Fitzmaurice 09-03-2006 05:14 PM

hey ellen, were you at the camp in april. just wondering because those were my instructors also during the camp and i recall a female being in the camp that also attended quest regularly.

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