BJJ in LA-my experience and a question in general

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  1. BJJ Coffee Drinker

    BJJ Coffee Drinker Amateur Fighter

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    I have been in LA for about 3 weeks now and am looking for a BJJ school to go to. I am staying for 2 more months. I have only gone to 2 schools to try out and I have positive experiences with both. However, circumstances may prevent me from attending. I get around by catching bus so I cant go too far.

    Hollywood Bjj-I went here today and tried out a class and the atmosphere is great. Shawn is very detailed as an instructor and the people are friendly. There is nobody going crazy ripping arms or cranking subs. Great environment to learn but unfortunately for me, the place is much farther than I originally thought as it looked a lot closer to my place from mapquest. I fully recommend the school to anyone though.

    Beverly Hills JJ Center-This was the 1st place I went to and I absolutely like everything about the place. Marcus is a great instructor who really knows his stuff and he has classes all day, all week. The training reminded me of my instructor at home but a little different so that's another plus. I also like how we warm up as it is longer than other places. THe best thing is location wise, it is better than any other school and I will spend the least time commuting on the bus if I train here.

    However, as they have different rates for the amount of times you attend a week, I want to train about 4-5 X a week. I can afford the monthly fee for that but adding in registration, it makes things very difficult financially for me. Another option is to pay the monthly fee to train only once a week but that is not at all what I am looking for as I want to get in the most training as possible since I am only in town for a limited time. Here is my main question-they have muay thai as standup 2 X a week. I have lots of experience boxing and mainly with training others as I have helped my teammates at home prepare for fights numerous times. Would it be acceptable/reasonable or would it be seen as rude if I asked for the possibility of a waived/reduced joining fee if in return, I would help their students/fighters with their boxing skills as I don't think they have a boxing instructor at this current time in addition to chores (cleaning, etc.) I could help out with. I don't want to come off as rude or thinking I am a big shot, as I genuinely want to train here but it would be a little difficult financially.

    I was also considering trying out Gracie Barra Culver City or John Machado but those would be hard for me to get to as I would have to pay to go and come back as my monthly bus pass would not cover the fee to go on those buses. Another option was Machado Fitness center but for now, I am kinda set on BHJJC.
     
  2. Lame

    Lame Yellow Belt

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    i wouldnt guess they would think you are rude, but chances are they might just turn you down and you would have to cough up the money anyways
     
  3. Lame

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    dbl
     
  4. BJJ Coffee Drinker

    BJJ Coffee Drinker Amateur Fighter

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    ye that is highly likely then i would just probably pay to train less times per week in that case. just looking at possible options though for now
     
  5. Bill_Carson

    Bill_Carson Brown Belt

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    Ribiero BJJ University is in San Diego.

    That place is nice.
     
  6. paul varelans_1

    paul varelans_1 Brown Belt

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    where in so cali are you?
    There is:

    Machado in Rancho Cucamonga
    Javier vasquez gym in Rancho 100.00/Mo
    Rommel Dunbar in Riverside 150.00/Mo
    Elite MMA in Corona 50-100.00/Mo
    United Submission in Norco 100.00/Mo
     
  7. BJJ Coffee Drinker

    BJJ Coffee Drinker Amateur Fighter

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    I am living in the UCLA area and I catch the bus so I cant exactly go too far. Also I am mostly interested in doing gi with occasional no-gi
     
  8. supdudexxx

    supdudexxx Orange Belt

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    BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU CLUB

    REALLY cool place. Sounds like it'd be your thing (check the schedule). Debating between there and..

    LEGENDS MMCT

    But the Jiu Jitsu there is all no gi. There's no registration fee but the monthly fees can be a killer.

    I live next to Street Sports so if you like it let me know. "Family" Discounts may apply:icon_chee
     
  9. supdudexxx

    supdudexxx Orange Belt

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    OH and UCLA offers a summer BJJ course if you'd be in to that.
     
  10. K Ja

    K Ja Orange Belt

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    You're in UCLA and you haven't checked out Rickson's? It's right down Wilshire on the other side of the 405.
     
  11. HSakurai

    HSakurai Yellow Belt

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    Doesn't John D' Oli-something train at Rickson's? He probably has more info. And Zankou is a purple belt at John Machado's, since he submits me with armbars every 2 minutes I roll with him.
     
  12. slideyfoot

    slideyfoot Artemis BJJ Co-Founder

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    In that case, perhaps you could help me out with a question.

    I'm thinking about doing a trip to the US next year, which would almost certainly include LA (as I have a friend there), probably focusing on California (e.g., San Francisco, LA, San Diego, or something like that). I'd also like to get some training in, but I keep being told that public transport in the US - if it isn't New York or Chicago - is terrible. I don't drive, so I'd be relying on buses. As it sounds like you're in the same situation, how difficult was it to get to Hollywood BJJ (or any other BJJ clubs you've tried out/heard of in LA) by bus?
     
  13. ShanghaiBJJ

    ShanghaiBJJ Brown Belt

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    To the TS. Since you are only there for 2 months, I guess work or college related, maybe they cut you a deal.

    If they know you will only be there for a limited time, it would be better for them then not having your business at all.
     
  14. birdbones

    birdbones Orange Belt

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    Definitely check out Rickson's school. It's probably a little pricey, but it's the closest bjj gym to UCLA...not more than 2 miles away.
     
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    bearcat4 Orange Belt

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    My friend Lucas Pires just started teaching the Jiu Jitsu class at Soneca Martial Arts. It is located on Wilshire and should be pretty close to you. Lucas is a blackbelt under Fabricio Werdum. Really good guy and instructor. I have put the link below with the address. The Jiu Jitsu classes are not yet on the website because he just started teaching there last week. I think classe are m-f starting at 6:30.

    Contact | Soneca Martial Arts
     
  16. Slithers

    Slithers Green Belt

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    I can vouch for that. Lucas Pires is the real deal. Definitely check him out, you will be glad you did. Can't say enough good things about him.
     
  17. Gsoares2***

    Gsoares2*** Banned Banned

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    look at it this way - by asking there at the school what are you losing?

    the potential for a gain is there.. so i would give it a shot.
     
  18. johil d'o

    johil d'o Thought Warrior

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    I agree that Rickson's school is the closest to UCLA. Buses go right by UCLA and Rickson's place (it's about 2 miles away) so that might work for you.

    You can call the school or check out Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu for more info. I don't think they'd take you up on the offer to teach boxing, however. The school is gi oriented with some no gi classes, but there is no boxing class.
     
  19. JudokaBJJ

    JudokaBJJ Orange Belt

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    isn't this place 1 block away from Rickson's?
     
  20. Zankou

    Zankou Bringing peace and love Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Woah. I live like 4 blocks from Rickson's and 3 from Soneca. I didn't know they have a bjj program now. Seems like a crowded place to start teaching!
     

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