Gracie Barra Yorba Linda

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  1. Byron Pechorin Top Level Human

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    First time posting in the grappling section!:D

    So I was searching for the nearest Jiujitsu school/academy on google and I found that I lived TWO MILES from Gracie Barra Yorba Linda. I went on their website but there's very little information regarding what goes on in class and how I'd get started.

    Does anyone know how much classes run and if there are open mat sessions available? Looking at the schedule, it only looks like they're open 2-3 hours a day. I'm not sure if that's the norm with Jiujitsu/MMA schools.

    Any other recommendations on other schools/academies in Orange County would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Sherdog_Mutt Purple Belt

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    You can always stop by Tinguinha's. We're not that far away from Yorba Linda. Just right up the 91.
     
  3. hustles Green Belt

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    Philipe Della Monica teaches there as well as Rafael "Mosquito" and Marcio Feitosa does occasionally as well. I don't know what the cost is but I am sure they follow the standard Gracie Barra curriculum which i think is pretty solid. It is definately a GI Jiu Jitsu school and not a MMA school, and if you join there you can always come to classes for free at the other GB schools in OC from time to time to supplement classes at the Yorba Linda location.
     
  4. mixicus Yellow Belt

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    I just observed classes at both GBYL and Tinguinha's. I can't comment on the quality of the instruction since I haven't spent significant amounts of time at either. The class structure (i.e. what goes on in a class) and pricing is very similar between the two. At most places pricing seems to vary with the amount of training/week. In OC you are looking at $100-150/month. GBYL seems a bit more formal than Tinguinha's but not overly so.

    How you get started...same as any place give them a call, send an email or drop by when they are open and tell them you are interested and would like to observe a class or praticipate in a free intro class. Take it from there. Both places were very open when I approached them.

    Schedules...it is what is posted. Is it the norm, check the websites of other places you are interested in. From my obs, it's pretty standard. The expections are the multi-disciplinary places like OCKickboxing or those that have a lot of cardio or kids programs. Consider this: does the place have 2-4 hours of classes a week that work with your schedule? If so, what does it matter when else they may offer classes? They could have classes every hour from 9am to 5pm M-F but if you work traditional hours those times do you no good.

    In addition to the above, some other very local BJJ type places you may also want to check out (in the Yorba Linda area): Erik Paulson's CSW in Fullerton, Ralph Gracie on Tustin in Anaheim, and de Francos in Orange on Chapman. Extend your area out to HB and down to say Irivne and close to a dozen BJJ places will pop up on your radar. Depends on how far you are willing to drive.
     
  5. Byron Pechorin Top Level Human

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    I called Gracie Barra today and when I asked regarding the prices of membership, I couldn't really get a straight answer and he told me to just come down on Thursday for a free intro class to see how I like it. Usually I don't like to be "suckered" into these kind of things and prefer to hear straight facts over the phone but I figured what the hell it's free I'll give it a try. That and for some reason I thought it was feasible that he could somehow harm me even through the telephone. Lol. If my work/school schedule permits me, I'll definitely go and try it out.

    If it's not really what I was looking/hoping for then I'll try the next closest place, Tinguinha's, like Sherdog_Mutt suggested.
     
  6. Sherdog_Mutt Purple Belt

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    You can't go wrong with Gracie Barra. Just be cognizant of the fact that the prices are going to be a little steeper than some of the other academies in the area. Last time I checked, I think it was $185/month for unlimited training at the Gracie Barra headquarters in Lake Forest. My advice is to go check out all the gyms and see which one fits you the best.
     
  7. Byron Pechorin Top Level Human

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    Any ideas as to what I should expect in an introductory class? The last time I took a martial arts class was when I was 7 and that was Taekwondo.
     
  8. Sherdog_Mutt Purple Belt

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    Probably a basic escape or 2. Maybe a very basic submission.
     
  9. SFinclined Purple Belt

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    That's because the average person hears 150$/mnth. and they say "fuck that", but if you go to a class and are fresh off of that, you can correctly weigh the pros and cons of signing up.
     
  10. Byron Pechorin Top Level Human

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    Yeah that's what I meant by "not working out." 185 is pretty steep for me as I'll probably only be able to make it twice a week or so. My next shot would definitely be Tinguinha's like you suggested. How much are classes per month over there?
     
  11. Byron Pechorin Top Level Human

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    Actually my first choice was CSW but my schedule won't allow me to attend a single class!
     
  12. Sherdog_Mutt Purple Belt

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    Not sure about the exact price structure right now but it runs something like this: $125 for 2X a week... I think $145 for unlimited training. Prices are negotiable. If you're a student, in the military, police officer, firefighter, etc... he gives you a discounted rate.
     
  13. mixicus Yellow Belt

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    Intro lesson at GBYL was an intro to BJJ one-on-one. After warm up and some basics (break fall, mount, guard,...), he took me through a sequence. Meaning he showed me a breakfall, 1 defense from back v. standing, recover to standing, clinch, hip throw, side control to arm bar. Each step was taught individually then put together and drilled at the end to get a feeling of the flow.

    He then showed me some variations on several of the moves. This was to help explain the thought process of BJJ. Again showing a flow and concepts not "opponent does X you do Y".
     
  14. hustles Green Belt

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    I train at the main gracie barra in lake forest and this is what i see most people get for their free introductory, unless they have some background/experience in which case i have seen people just join one of the fundamentals/all levels classes for their free intro (i had been training about one year when i moved to socal and i joined a class for my free intro)...
     
  15. GracieMMABarra Word.

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    We aren't suppose to discuss exact pricing over then phone (I still do tho :D) I do know much about the YB beside cabeza (former instructor there) took off back to brasil
     
  16. Sean-Roberts Blue Belt

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    Dude theres a Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu really close to you. goto www.ralphgracieoc.com. the Intructor is the current No-gi World Champion and its a huge gym its 2 stories has a locker room and a lounge area to hang out after class. Prices are $150/month for unlimited discount for students police firefighters and military. plus you get a free 1 on 1 private lesson.
     
  17. ExTravaGanzA Mergers & Acquisitions

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    Lol, looking to get into a new hobby now that the OT is dead?
     
  18. Byron Pechorin Top Level Human

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    Looking at the schedule, this academy would allow me to train 3x a week while GB and Tinguinha would only allow me to go 1-2 times a week. That may very well make the difference for me.

    Damn't there are so many schools in the OC!
     
  19. Byron Pechorin Top Level Human

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    Lol yeah, I'm definitely gonna need a new hobby. I stayed up until 4 last night looking up different BJJ school info in the neighborhood and reading the grappling forum.
     
  20. GracieMMABarra Word.

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    Dont listen to him, his family are the owners!!!!:icon_twis J/k Very good school, check it out
     

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