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#1 Nov 11, 2013
Does anyone know of a legit Judo school or club that belongs to a Judo Association around New Lenox? Seems like they are all in the western suburbs or in the city.
#2 Nov 12, 2013
There is a legit school on Rt 30 just west of the Country Charm (3 blocks west of Schoolhouse Rd). The instructor is top notch. I know he is a BB in judo but I believe he teaches classes in Jiu Jitsu. He is a very qualified instructor.
There is also Randori Jiu Jitsu located in the same building/development as 191 West on 191st in Mokena. They offer Judo as well as Jiu Jitsu. Both schools feature Pan American award winning instructors. You can't go wrong with either one.
#3 Nov 13, 2013
I never looked into the school on Rt. 30, but I have heard that Randori in Mokena has long and expensive contracts. Whereas, there are schools in the city that are half the price who have high caliber instructors, but they are just too far.
#4 Nov 15, 2013
Look into Randori. From my experience training there I have never heard of the owner asking anyone to sign a long term contract whatsoever. They do give discounts if you pay by the year however. I have known the owner for 5 years so I think I would have heard of a contract being offered or demanded. He charges month to month as far as I know and is the type of person who will work with you to help you achieve your goals.
Leo Valdes is the owner and is affiliated with a school/club named Brasa. The core instructor there is a world champion named Camprido. Leo is a Pan American medalist. Their other instructors are absolutely top notch. Their trophy case is overflowing.
Check them out. It can't hurt to make a phone call. They are very friendly and all skill levels are welcome. They will give you a free tryout and even lend you a gi to try out your first class. No gi classes are offered on Thursday nights. If you like it you come back. If not, you don't. I guarantee you will like the atmosphere and fellow students. Everyone is polite and there are no intimidation tactics found in some schools. Good luck.
#5 Nov 16, 2013
Yes, Randori has experienced instructors, but they do have long contracts (1 year), plus they are approx $150 per month. A bit pricey if, after a few weeks, you realize its not for you.
@Bob S. You best bet is University of Ground Fighting with Steve Patterson. He's a black belt in judo and also a Comprido student. Difference is his school is month to month and much more reasonably priced. If you don't like it after a month, quit or find another school. At least you won't be paying for the next 11 months sitting at home.
Come on!? Year long contracts = nuts!
#6 Nov 16, 2013
Didn't know about the year long contracts at Randori. I was never subject to one so it must be something very recent. I have always paid by the year because I got a cheaper rate. Steve Patterson was a student of Leo's at Randori. He fought pro sponsored by him. He is not only an excellent instructor, he is an excellent guy too. You can't go wrong there. In essence, they are one in the same. Just different fee structures. If you are committed, you will succeed at either of these schools. Randori offers more classes in different arts for that monthly fee. Karate, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, Kick Boxing, and Mui Tai. We are lucky to have such talented individuals teaching in our area. I have sparred with each of these guys, they are both deadly.
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