So last week I attended an awesome Judo class where I observed people training for Olympic Judo and some that were there for the hobby/SD aspect. The instructor and school was great. LOVE watching the throws and takdowns. It was awesome. They also did some groundwork and good conditioning drills as you'd expect. Tomorrow night I attend my free trial at a BJJ school. I've read and done research on both and I like both. It will come down to what I like to do best and also the minor commute time factor. (kids/school). I may not like either long term in which at that point I'll probably just do Krav but I'm hoping one of these places works out for me. I've never done any grappling. From everything I read, it seems BJJ is great at fighting off your back once your taken down. I questioned this school I'm attending tomorrow night about their takedown/SD aspect. Instructor studied under Ricardo Almeida. They told me they they focus on both sport/SD aspects and have two high level wrestlers that I could work with on takedowns. My question is, does BJJ help in any other way other then on your back? What if you're on top? What about standing control if you're at a bar or subway? Do any of the grappling aspects translate to other things then just fighting off your back? The lack of takedowns at most BJJ schools is a big negative to me. With Judo you get that and in a SD situation you start standing. Once I get a feel of what this place is about tomorrow I'll take if from there. If there were more wrestling/Catch Can places around that would probably be the best fit for me but there are none. I backed out of going to the JKD place as it doesn't do enough live sparring.