Gracie Academy: Need to train and its only 1 mile away but..

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Cardio, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Cardio Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2005
    Messages:
    926
    Likes Received:
    0
    Anyone with Gracie Academy experience please feel free to chime in.
    I'm visiting a new city, staying with relatives and I have the urge to train. I don't have a car and the nearest
    training place is a popular Gracie Academy school, only 1 mile away, and I have a bicycle so its easy to get to.

    I have a Black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, although browsing the Gracie Academy website gives me no information about drop-in classes or accepting Black-belts from other schools to train there.

    From everything I can see it looks geared on taking in people new to Jiu-Jitsu and training them from White to Black.

    I want to train there because it seems like a good place to train and its very nearby and practicial but I'm just wondering how it goes with drop-ins and people from other schools.
     
  2. SidRon White Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2014
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    0
    This is kind of an odd thread. You don't even mention the name of the gym or where it is located so that people that might have been there can give information. Your a black belt so you should know the deal just call them up and see if they are cool with people dropping in to train with them.
     
  3. empsim Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2013
    Messages:
    4,127
    Likes Received:
    609
    uhm....just go and see?
     
  4. Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Messages:
    28,379
    Likes Received:
    4,895
    Are you talking about the main gracie academy headquarters in torrance?
     
  5. dmwalking Sapateiro Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    11,388
    Likes Received:
    512
    Dojo storm them. Show up, challenge their best black belt and take over ownership of the school.
     
  6. Alech33 Yellow Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2018
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    0
    Stop In and ask lol. Most places will have you pay a mat fee, free trial, or especially if you are a black belt may be ok with you just dropping in while in the area. Nobody here will have the answer for that particular academy
     
  7. liuk3 Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2012
    Messages:
    506
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    What city and what is the name of the school?
     
  8. Custommade350 Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2018
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    0
    You have a black belt, but are you one?
     
  9. DatCutman Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2014
    Messages:
    573
    Likes Received:
    9
    I think we're past the days of only training with affiliates / being suspected of stealing gym tech here in the US. I imagine it'll be the same as any other BJJ school, in that everyone is going to try to fucking murder you as the out-of-towner. Just call them.
     
  10. Ice 9 Cobra Black Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    6,870
    Likes Received:
    0
    Is there more than one Gracie Academy? The description seems pretty apt for the only one i know of
     
  11. Slatersan Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2014
    Messages:
    4,651
    Likes Received:
    3,378
    Proper etiquette is to show up late to whatever class you want. Show the lower belts your way of doing the technique. Then when you roll with the head black belts of the school you go 100% with them.
     
  12. Pierced7681 Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2007
    Messages:
    7,184
    Likes Received:
    988
    Location:
    nowheresville.
    F12 etiquette brah, don’t forget the coleslaw
     
  13. SidRon White Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2014
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    0
    Lol Slaterston, don’t forget to leave an upper decker in the toilet as well.
     
  14. MadSquabbles500 Steel Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2011
    Messages:
    28,246
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    New Jersey now Queens
    Just go in with like a purple belt or something if you afraid of walking in as Black. Its probably more common for purples or even blues to drop into different schools.
     
  15. Cardio Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2005
    Messages:
    926
    Likes Received:
    0
    I didn't expect so many passive aggressive and sarcastic responses, even for Sherdog.

    I just assumed someone knew the drop-in etiquette for a GA Affiliate School, since it seems they more strict and have nothing about drop-ins on the website, though 90% of other gyms do. And I assumed they're all run basically the same way.

    To save myself the trip and possible embarrassment of being told I can't train there. Not saying I won't be able to.
     
  16. lts5025 "What the **** is a Dim Mack?"

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2007
    Messages:
    9,406
    Likes Received:
    0
    Why don’t you just call them?
     
  17. Dirty Holt Black Belt Professional Fighter

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    Messages:
    5,368
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    Olympic Training Center
    This is my experience:

    I got my blackbelt from Checkmat under a notable coach and competed against all sorts of Gracie team members. I moved and had to switch teams to 10th Planet. However, I had a coworker who was at a Gracie school. I popped in and watched a belt ceremony where he got his black belt. I came to an open mat the next day.

    This was a very notable Gracie school, and had guys there you would know by name. Before I even put my gi on, they were very friendly and open about everything. Definitely didnt seem closed off or trying to sell anything. I rolled with all of their black belts that were there, and even subbed (got lucky) a very notable blackbelt you would know by name. These guys all asked me to come back, when did I want to train again? Told me I could drop in whenever I wanted. Even went as far as asking if switching teams was a possibility. Maybe the Gracie academy you are referencing is a different vibe, but these guys were some of the most accommodating and genuinely nice people I came across in Southern California. They were killers too. Even the head coach who is in his 40's gave me all I could handle.

    The website doesnt give any details and almost seems gimmicky, but in my experience, the coaches are really good guys and will most likely work with you if you are a black belt and you arent going to get wrecked by their lower belts.
     
  18. Jeff Goldblum69 Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2012
    Messages:
    4,440
    Likes Received:
    241
    Youre a bjj black belt but have the courage of a white belt on his first day, ffs man, go try it out for yourself
     
  19. Slatersan Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2014
    Messages:
    4,651
    Likes Received:
    3,378
    I feel like most academies openly welcome black belts to come train. Thats good training for all involved.
     
  20. TeamKenpo Above all, training should be fun

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2009
    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Astoria, NY
    Maybe other people have had different experiences than I have, but I’ve found that I’ve always been welcomed when visiting out of town gyms. I usually reach out via email though to let them know I’m coming by, and to ask about mat fee.

    That being said, when you’re a higher belt visiting a school, don’t be surprised when all of their blue and purple belts try to take one of your limbs home as a trophy.:D Not in a disrespectful way, just expect them to want to test themselves against you.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.