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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by tehk1w1, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. tehk1w1

    tehk1w1 Brown Belt

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    I'm going to have ample amounts of free time (read: I'm graduating and don't have a job yet) pretty soon and I thought it might be fun to finally try and learn some jiu-jitsu at one of the gyms here in Chicago.

    Any Chicagoians on Sherdog that have any recommendations? Also, what are the average rates like?

    I'm a small dude and don't have any experience in martial arts, but I figure it'd be a fun way to stay active and in shape rather than play Warcraft and surf Sherdog all day.
     
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    DeadAim713 Blue Belt

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  3. tehk1w1

    tehk1w1 Brown Belt

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    Thanks man!

    I've actually passed by the one on 4900 N Lincoln Ave all the time. It never looks like it's open. Lights are never on and it looks like no one is in there. Maybe I just go past there when they're not holding classes.

    If you're just beginning, do they have special beginners classes? Or do you just hop right in and kind of learn as you go along?
     
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    futang17 Green Belt

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    GB Chicago (lincoln ave) is a great place to train. stop b, after 5pm for info since most of the advance classes are mornings
     
  5. tehk1w1

    tehk1w1 Brown Belt

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    Cool --thanks!

    Anyone heard anything good about Rio Jiu Jitsu Academy? It has some glowing reviews and it turns out it's walking distance from my apartment.

    Rio Jiu jItsu Academy - Google Maps
     
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    DeadAim713 Blue Belt

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    On wiki it says he's a BB under Carlson so I'd say he's legit, but IMO I would travel to a GB to train.
     
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    Graciebarra 847 Blue Belt

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    The place is open 6 days a week and has days and evening classes! In the beginners classes you will learn the fundamentals of bjj. You will do some positional sparring. It's a great school with a great group of guys that is very welcoming toward new students.

    The best thing you could do is try out a few different bjj schools and see which one suits you.
     
  8. Corey Kuropas

    Corey Kuropas Banned Banned

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    Hey my friend. Go check out Carlson's school in Chicago. It's an awesome place and some real talented students are there.

    Carlson Jr and Daniel Wanderley teach there. There's also a bunch of awesome brown and purple belts.
     
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    brazil 021 White Belt

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    Feel free to check out Brazil 021 Jiu Jitsu

    It's run by Andre Negao and Hannette Staack (7 world titles, x3 ADCC champ)

    401 W. Ontario, 4th floor

    There are morning/evening classes during the week and open mat and class on weekends as well

    There are a lot of schools in the area - my recommendation is to try a class at each one, check out the schedules and locations.
     
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    Steve3730 Green Belt

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    I have a friend that is a bluebelt at Rio. Pete is the blackbelt there and he is a really great coach. If you ever go to tournaments you hear Pete through out the place losing his voice coaching his guys non-stop. If you are close go there and check it out.

    Where are you located and how much do you want to travel?
     
  12. ILGrappler

    ILGrappler Purple Belt

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    I think you're just letting the brand name fool you, then. I'd train under Pete over GB Lincoln Square any day. Only problem is that Pete will have less students, a smaller facility, and fewer class times.
     
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    tehk1w1 Brown Belt

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    I'm literally two blocks walking away from Pete's.

    I'd be willing to travel a bit --bus and train gets me everywhere I need to in Chicago.

    Thanks for the info!
     
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    Wrestleben Brown Belt

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    +1 for Junior. His grandpa started this whole thing, and his dad was one of the most legendary coaches of all time. He has BJJ in his blood.
     
  15. Steve3730

    Steve3730 Green Belt

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    Than check out Pete's. if there class times fit your schedule go there.

    Where I train would be far for you ( southside) and I don't think we are taking new members right now otherwise I would tell you to come by us.

    New breed in Skokie is also a great place
     
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    Lookyoung Blue Belt

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    Have you trained at both Lincoln square and with pete at Rio?
     
  17. SuperSuperRambo

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    Totally off topic, but what do you mean you aren't taking new members? You mean if someone came by and said they wanted to take classes and sign a contract, they wouldn't be able to? Is the school that successful that you can turn people away?

    Not criticizing, just that I've never heard of that before unless it was some kind of invitation-only camp for elite fighters.
     
  18. ILGrappler

    ILGrappler Purple Belt

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    I've trained at Lincoln Square. Nice facility, good people, good instructors. I haven't trained at Pete's but I've known people that have. After comparing notes, I'd choose Pete's especially if I lived in Bucktown. No disrespect to GB intended.
     
  19. Blunt Trauma

    Blunt Trauma SUBMISSION BELT- Just Tap.

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    You should check out Pedro Vianna its a stone throw's away from Rio Jiu Jitsu.

    I highly recommend him.

    -||| Pedro Vianna Jiu Jitsu |||-
     
  20. DeadAim713

    DeadAim713 Blue Belt

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    Maybe so, but I've heard nothing but good things about GB and I don't know much about Pete. So that's just me.
     

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