Help choosing between BJJ schools!!!!

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  1. JMSanchez

    JMSanchez White Belt

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    I'm looking for a bjj school to train at near my campus (Chapman university) My current options are: 10th planet, Gracie barra, or Carlson Gracie. My goal is to get into competition jiu-jitsu and I'm curious as to which will set me up the best for this.

    Note: I've been told to visit all three and choose which one I "like" the best...but that's not my major concern. My focus is more in finding a place with top notch training and instructors who will really push me.

    Any advice/opinions are apreciated!!!:)
     
  2. NoGiRonin

    NoGiRonin Orange Belt

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    Carlson Gracie or 10th Planet.

    I originally came from the Carlson lineage and the train was always top notch. These days, 10th Planet guys seem to have a varied game and do quite good in competition. Just my two cents.
     
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  3. Darwinambrosius

    Darwinambrosius Thought you had a friend, boy?

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    I hate to tell you what you already heard, but you really do need to look at each one and see which one you want to stay at long-term, especially if contracts are involved (they usually are). You have no idea if you'll be as into competing as you hope, so joining a school based in that right out of the gate is silly. Unless you already have some experience, this shouldn't be your main concern.

    Furthermore, nobody here is going to be able to give you much advice about specific schools without knowing the specifics of them. Naming teams isn't necessarily the best information for feedback.
     
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  4. JMSanchez

    JMSanchez White Belt

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    Good to know! I appreciate the tips:)...and yes I do have prior martial arts training/ competition experience, just not in grappling.
     
  5. JMSanchez

    JMSanchez White Belt

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    10 planet instructors: Ron turner, Andy balmore, kyu hyun, and Alex nguyen
    Carlson Gracie: Troy acker, mark pagano, and Andy Keller, fumi fujimoto
    Gracie barra: Roberto alencar, Ramses patino, and David colon
     
  6. Dirty Holt

    Dirty Holt Black Belt Professional Fighter

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    Where you live, GB is way better than the alternatives you listed. GB you can go train with the other gyms near by as well. Its gonna cost you though champ.

    That being said, where you are located, there are much better teams within a very short drive IMO. Not that the schools you listed are bad, but drive ten minutes and you have better value.
     
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  7. 007

    007 License to Kill

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    Get a free week from all three and see which one you like the best. I wish I had your problem, 3 awesome school. I will be lucky to find one near me unless I want to drive hour in traffic
     
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  8. Papawash

    Papawash clean and fresh

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    Maybe you also need to take note of the comps that you'll be joining, if you're strictly IBJJF, then 10P might not be the best fit, not saying they're bad though.
     
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  9. lts5025

    lts5025 "What the **** is a Dim Mack?"

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    Competition BJJ is a different beast and you may not enjoy the kind of training required by a top-level competitor.
     
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  10. Jeff Goldblum69

    Jeff Goldblum69 Brown Belt

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    Id say gb or carlson... IMO you should start with Gi... especially if youre a big guy..
     
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  11. JMSanchez

    JMSanchez White Belt

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    Thank you for the input!! Can you please give an example of a place you are refering to? You've sparked my curiosity:)
     
  12. Dirty Holt

    Dirty Holt Black Belt Professional Fighter

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    Checkmat HQ is 20 minutes away and is by far the best option for a mile

    Checkmat Buena Park is 20 minutes away and is really, really good

    AOJ is about 15 minutes and much better than any choice you were thinking of
     
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  13. Ton

    Ton The master of Potato Plata

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    Ah, but which school is really best for OP? I mean he wants to complete very seriously, even though hes never trained grappling and is going to be going to college at the same time.

    I mean, one of these instructors will clearly be better at making him super good.
     
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  14. Dirty Holt

    Dirty Holt Black Belt Professional Fighter

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    I compete for Checkmat, so obviously I would want him to go to Checkmat. The thing about us, if you train at one place, you are welcome at the others, and they are somewhat close. If TS wanted to come train with Pantcho who I train with, he can walk right in.
     
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    cadubon Blue Belt

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    I'm from Oramge County and familiar with all those schools you mentioned. I'm a Carlson black belt and help teach at Carlson Gracie in Irvine. Check em out if you get a chance. You won't be disappointed.
     
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    Forceof1 Blue Belt

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    To have such options...not in Wisconsin.
     
  17. Striderxdj

    Striderxdj Black Belt

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    15 minutes from AOJ? I'd say thats an easy decision.
     
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    AOJ and Checkmat HQ close by? I would make that drive all day. Excellent options.
     
  19. Bigboot

    Bigboot White Belt

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    You won't be disappointed with any. I am a Carlson guy and would pick that

    Also if you choose Carlson you can visit any of the schools.
    I am at the Temecula, Murrieta school and we have classes 7days a week.

    We compete a lot!

    I have meet all the instructors at that school and they are all good.


    My next pick would be check mat HQ. I am close to the school were Holt is at and have trained with a few of the Browns and black belts from his school (I'm a brown belt) and loved it.


    I wouldn't do AOJ just because I like training judo, wrestling and stand up and as far as I know they don't do that. (Also price!!!$$)
     
  20. fanboysareevil

    fanboysareevil Green Belt

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    I've done all my belts thus far under Carlson team (brown) and I would still probably pick Checkmat HQ tbh. AOJ is too weird for me and the price is pretty high. None of the other choices have nearly the same repute as those two if your goal is truly competition.
     

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