I spent a couple of years as a kid doing boxing / kickboxing no belts.
I spent 4 1/2 years as a kid doing Tae Kwon Do and got to red belt (white, yellow, orange, green, blue, red, black).
I've been training in Karate for 21+ years now, which is my primary focus.
If my memory hasn't completely...
Don't know anything about these guys but there aren't any alarm bells that go off looking at the website. I don't know the demographics of the area but anything in the neighbourhood of $100 / month isn't unreasonable for a full service facility with quality instruction, especially if there is...
I started when I was 8years old, had been begging my mother since I was about 5.
February 1982 - June 1984 - Boxing / Kickboxing
Sept 1984 - Sept 1988 Tae Kwen Do
Jan 1989 - present Okinawan Karate & Japanese Ju Jutsu
Nov 1993 - present Judo off and on
July 2007 - present BJJ
I've only got a couple years of formal BJJ training but I've been doing Judo ne waza and submission grappling for a long time (1993/94). I refuse to enter any division but the highest division available at the competition I'm at.
I'd rather get my butt kicked in a BJJ Blackbelt division then...
From what I understand Odie Neto received his black belt from Carlos Aveline.
Aveline was a student of Mario Sperry who started training around 1992, moved to San Diego in 1995 as a Brown Belt to run that school.
Several years later his Visa was running out so he had to go back to Brazil...
I have a half dozen or so teenage girls that train in my grappling classes, they are all doing well - one of them has been coming about a year, the others 3-6mos respectively.
My daughters are 4 and 5 1/2 and they are already taking karate and ju jutsu classes, I don't teach anyone under 12...
I currently run after-school programs at 4 different schools in my area (one Roman Catholic Separate School and three public elementary schools).
Over the years I've run programs in all different kinds of schools - private schools, public schools, faith based schools and regular schools.
I've only been doing BJJ formally for a couple years, but I've been studying Ju Jutsu and Judo since 1992.
I have people join my club all the time well into their 30s, 40s and even 50s. Age never has to be a limiting factor.