So I've been going to the traditional jiu jitsu place for a month or two now. The people and sensei are great and I enjoy it but I am worried about some things. Your advice would be appreciated
So basically I want something for self defense. I'm strong for my size but I'm (currently anyway) rather small (-70kg) and am very conscious of not knowing how to handle myself.
Here is the place I go to http://www.edinburghjitsu.com/
My worries (which I picked up after reading a thread over at http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthr ... 907&page=1
include the following
a) we don't spar beyond practicing particular techniques with a partner who is as compliant as you need or resists as you need. To be fair we also do a 'grinder' at least once a week where either novices or grades have the whole dojo run at them one by one and you have to throw them. Again though people are as compliant or as realistic as you feel you can cope with.
b) The warm up seems excessive to me (it is at least 30 minutes maybe longer out of a 2 hour class) and irritates a little as I could do this in my own time. I'm probably not being patient enough about this though and I'm sure it's important to get warmed up properly.
c) I spend an insane amount of time learning how to do forward, backwards and sideways rolls. Again I'm probably being impatient and this is important i'm sure.
d) As the Bushido thread notes there is a lot of emphasis it seems with the higher grades on knife stuff. I'd be happier just learning what to do if I'm punched/kicked and trying to run where someone has a knife
e) We don't really practice striking because it is all reactive
In short I worry i'm trying to learn how to swim without getting in the water as someone remarked over at the Bushido thread
JS - They think it will open the door to folk like LordMuppet campaigning for a threeway?