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Old 01-28-2010, 12:30 PM   #1
Casey Crooks
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Where to start?

Hey all,
ive been lurking the CrossPit page for a while, and it has really opened me up to a new area of sport. ive watched boxing and MMA for awile (who hasnt?) but i have no experience in any type of ?fighting discipline? if that is the correct term. i would like to start to learn.
my question is, what is a good place to start at? BJJ, greco wrestling, boxing, aikaido, what? i did wrestle in middle and some high school but thats all i have.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:40 PM   #2
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Re: Where to start?

I would say that finding a good teacher near you is more important than choosing a particular art. You don't yet know enough to know what style will work best for your body type and personality.

If you're interested in fighting sports specifically, you'll want to find a teacher who shares that interest. That will probably rule out many traditional martial arts, though not necessarily all.

Do NOT be impressed by the school with the biggest signs, the biggest trophies in the window, or the most exuberant promises of rapid "mastery." Those are often good indicators that the place may be more interested in taking your money than in actually teaching you anything. The best schools are usually pretty low key. (It's similar to the Crossfit vs. globo style difference.)

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Old 01-28-2010, 01:17 PM   #3
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Hey all,
ive been lurking the CrossPit page for a while, and it has really opened me up to a new area of sport. ive watched boxing and MMA for awile (who hasnt?) but i have no experience in any type of ?fighting discipline? if that is the correct term. i would like to start to learn.
my question is, what is a good place to start at? BJJ, greco wrestling, boxing, aikaido, what? i did wrestle in middle and some high school but thats all i have.
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If you're interest is in MMA then wrestling, no-gi bjj, and muay thai are all really good places to start.

My number one piece of advice is don't sign a contract without trying it out for an extended period of time. Make sure you enjoy it, can make it, and are going to stick with it.

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Old 01-28-2010, 01:17 PM   #4
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I'm a little biased, but I would focus on BJJ. Since you have previous wrestling experience, it would work well if you start Jiu Jitsu.

My only thing is that it would be difficult to find a good school in your area. I did a quick Google search and most of the BJJ academies are about an hour away from you. I would recommend finding a school that's soley dedicated to Jiu Jitsu. My opinion is that if you want to get good at least one style, you should focus on that style for awhile, especially since you're just starting out. Hope that helps.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:03 PM   #5
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Hey Casey,

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Old 02-03-2010, 10:36 AM   #6
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I'm a little biased, but I would focus on BJJ. Since you have previous wrestling experience, it would work well if you start Jiu Jitsu.

My only thing is that it would be difficult to find a good school in your area. I did a quick Google search and most of the BJJ academies are about an hour away from you. I would recommend finding a school that's soley dedicated to Jiu Jitsu. My opinion is that if you want to get good at least one style, you should focus on that style for awhile, especially since you're just starting out. Hope that helps.
I agree here. Since you have previous grappling experience continuing in wrestling and bjj seems like a great place to continue. It's best to get real good at one area and add others that will support it, later the additions will stand on their own. My 2 cents..I too am biased to grappling.
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:57 AM   #7
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I would start with BJJ and especially with a Gi. Though I love No Gi as well, training with a Gi creates a much more solid game through better posture and placement.

Your wrestling experience will help you as far as takedowns (some modifications are needed though), keeping your base, and pressure from the top.

Once you get to purple belt, start looking into some striking....
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:34 AM   #8
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There are BJJ classes at the UofA rec center. Somebody affiliated with Alliance, if I recall correctly. Don't remember the price, just that it was very reasonable. That's all I know. Probably doesn't show up on google searches.

I personally like the idea of getting your feet wet with pure BJJ and pure Muy Thai. I find myself less interested in getting punched with 4 oz gloves, so BJJ and MT works better for me than a MMA gym.

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Old 02-10-2010, 10:40 AM   #9
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I would start with BJJ and especially with a Gi. Though I love No Gi as well, training with a Gi creates a much more solid game through better posture and placement.

Your wrestling experience will help you as far as takedowns (some modifications are needed though), keeping your base, and pressure from the top.

Once you get to purple belt, start looking into some striking....
Waiting until you have a purple belt before training in striking is dumb. (For people that don't know, getting your purple takes four to five years of continuous training.)

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Old 03-03-2010, 01:34 PM   #10
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Waiting until you have a purple belt before training in striking is dumb. (For people that don't know, getting your purple takes four to five years of continuous training.)
I disagree completly with that. There is nothing dumb about waiting until you are a purple belt to start in striking.

It all depends on what you are intending to do. Me I plan to fight in MMA but it wont be until I'm a purple belt (I'm currently a 1 stripe Blue belt under Pedro Sauer) Jiu Jitsu is number one for me first and formost. I'll do jiu jitsu until the day I die even if I never step into MMA.

I dont plan on doing it professionally by any means but I wont even think of stepping into a ring or cage until I'm a purple belt.

I can spend 6 months in Muay Tai or Boxing and know enough to be dangerous on my feet as well as protect myself enough to get to the clinch and take the guy down.

The same can't be said for 6 months of Jiu Jitsu.

A boxer is like a lion, king of the land. but you through him into a shark tank where he can't swim he becomes just another meal-Renzo Gracie
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