Starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu...and other Martial Arts questions...
Next week I'll be starting Jiu Jitsu at what I believe is a good school. The head instructor is a black belt under Marcello "The Professor" Monteiro. The guy has been teaching my kids in the kiddie class and I've been pretty impressed with his patience with the little ones. He also has a Savate silver-gloves rating and teaches Muy Thai and Pentjak Silat. Another instructor teaches Tae Kwan Do there also.
So anyway, any survival tips for a BJJ newbie? I've been losing weight and strength training and working on my cardio for the last couple months.
I'm also trying to decide what I might want to take to complement my grappling training. I've considered judo, thinking it might greatly expand my throwns/takedown options and joint locks while standing. But then there are the striking arts to choose from too.
I tend to think of muy thai for simple and brutally effective striking, but like boxing and Savate, these are sports and focus on just one opponent in a ring, from what I understand. I'd like to get some training against weapons and multiple opponents, and TKD might have an edge there, but I think too much training time is wasted punching air and learning 12 different ways to stand. Why do they do that? From what I can see watching UFC and other fights, simple simply wins. I've never heard of Pentjak Silat.
OK, I think I'm babbling now. Your turn. Any advice, random martial arts thoughts, or babbling welcome, except that I'd really like for this to not turn into a "never go to the ground"/"groundfighting is the best" thread. I believe that it is a valuable tool to be added to a complete tool set, so We'll have to live with that.