I've been giving some major thought into joining a gym. I'm 22 and my biggest motivation for wanting to join a gym is this; I'm going crazy having no athletic outlet (played baseball + basketball my entire life, until HS wrapped), and because I respect the hell out of BJJ (as with any sport). I'm a huge MMA fan (have been for years now), and have always been fascinated by BJJ. I've kept myself in great shape, I'm 6'1" 155lbs. (I don't know why but I look much bigger than 155), so I'm a tall lanky bastard with long/(very) flexible legs + arms which I know can help in BJJ (I also know doesn't mean jack if you don't work hard). I'm a really respectful guy who has no problem taking direction or working hard. These are my main concerns; 1. I'm looking for a good school (maybe not so good that I'll look like a fool showing up with no experiance: I think Sityodtong, correct me if i'm wrong). 2. None of my friends want to take classes with me, so a "welcoming school" would be great. Also on that note is it often people come in alone or do people generally have a partner (won't stop me either way). And for the record I really just want to learn and progress in a new sport (I'd love to be UFC champ, but, I don't have any delusions). I'm not here asking how long would it take for me to get a balck belt, I know it usually takes many many years, like I said I just want to "learn" and "work". So yeah, hopefuly in time I'll become a real member of this board who can give input (and take some). Thanks in advance guys. Oh, and I'm in Quincy, MA which touches Boston to the South.