I've never trained martial arts or done exercise before. Youtube has inspired me to learn BJJ for self-defense and fitness. I'd like to compile a short list of schools in the NYC area that would be worth 'trying out.' For me, the ideal school would: * Cost less than $200/month * Not require a yearly contract * Have separate classes for different skill levels * Be in central Brooklyn or lower Manhattan * Some form of striking martial arts in addition to BJJ would be nice * Some kind of in-hours fitness program would also be nice I've looked at Class One MMA ( http://www.c1mma.com ) in downtown Brooklyn, which is very expensive ($200 / mo), but offers a lot of extras - kickboxing, yoga, crossfit, etc. No classes at different skill levels; it would appear that everyone trains together. There's also Renzo Gracie Brooklyn in Williamsburg ( http://www.renzogracieacademy.com/ ). Very expensive, offers a lot of extras, but seems to require a yearly contract. Alliance BJJ ( http://www.alliancebjjnyc.com/programs/ ) in lower Manhattan looks good, but my understanding is that it requires a yearly contract and is also very expensive. Marcelo Garcia in lower Manhattan (http://marcelogarciajj.com/) - $250 / month. Ouch. I'd appreciate any recommendations or suggestions for choosing a school, especially lower-cost alternatives. Above all, I don't want to go somewhere where I'll end up getting hurt on the second day of class and have to quit. Thanks very much!