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#361578 - 09/19/07 10:44 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
Prizewriter Offline
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Those Judo places are too far from me,but there is one in Springdale. I have contacted them an I'll see what happens.

Thanks all!!

Sorry Brian meant to post this link,

I did the MO link twice by mistake. Think the AR link has the Springdale dojo.

Good Luck.
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#361579 - 09/19/07 11:07 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
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Loc: Illinois - USA
I've been down this road with my 10 year old daughter who one day came up to me and said "daddy I want to learn karate like you". I know myself (and was afraid of becoming one of those [censored] soccor dads you see yelling from the sideline) and knew that I had to find her another instructor. My base style and rand are in Isshinryu but I've trained in many other arts (and don't believe in "punch, block, kick") so I knew what I was looking for. I've taught many children (when I had my own school) and realized, like you, that I didn't want her karate to become a "thing" between us. I wanted it to be a fun activity to do together (like playing catch) not work. So I found an instructor I liked who's training, techniques and philosophy was similar to my own. She went there, leaned basic kihon and kata and it was fine ... for a while. When the chief instrucutor left and the curriculum changed I moved her to another school. She was there for 3 years, reached 2nd brown and now has moved to a another larger dojo that can channel her love for the arts and competition (she loves to spar and compete) more effectively.

A number of my Black Belt friends advised against this latest move because "she should stay where she is until she gets her black belt" then she can moved somewhere else. I don't buy into this argument and fortunately she was willing to start back out at white belt at the new school.The move (7 weeks ago) has been awesome. She loves the school, instructor and students. She also was promoted up 5 belt levels after the two head instructors watched and worked with her for 6 weeks. This was unexpected and never asked for but she (and I) are very proud.

Anyway, this is a long rambling way of saying use your experience (you said you have a MA backround), your gut and your observational skills (go watch the classes in the school and meet & review the instructors) to find the best school. If it means driving 25 or 30 minutes (one way) to get to the right school isn't your kid worth it? If it's that far don't go 4 days a week. Go 2 or 3 and have a "home dojo day" that you schedule each week.

#361580 - 09/19/07 11:18 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: fastfist1]
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Good post, fastfist1.
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#361581 - 09/19/07 02:25 PM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: fastfist1]
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That was a good post,but I resent a couple of things you said.


If it means driving 25 or 30 minutes (one way) to get to the right school isn't your kid worth it? If it's that far don't go 4 days a week. Go 2 or 3 and have a "home dojo day" that you schedule each week.

The dojo in question is in Missouri, I live in Northwest AR. it is over six hours away. The one in Springdale would be a thirty minute one way trip. This on top of me leaving work and returning later to work late. So yes, ofcourse he is worth it.

Thanks for your advice and welcome to the forums.
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#361582 - 09/19/07 02:53 PM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
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Why do you think that Jim?

Because wrestling is more natural?

There is a Landolt jujitsu academy near here too.

As far as the Malmo place goes, it looks like the guy has been training for fifteen years in about six or seven different styles. I wonder how adept he could be at any one of them. I alos wonder since he teaches groundfighting and kata if one comes from the other,lol.

If you are considering anyone affiliated with Landolt, you need to do more research.

I am Mr. Malmo of Malmo Martial Arts. I have been training in the martial arts for 28 years, and have been teaching for fifteen years. I have studied with and am certified by some of the greatest Grandmasters alive.

My skill and knowledge speaks for itself.

Kata is a Japanese term - I do not teach a Japanese system.

Grappling is a huge plus for any child. ALL martial arts must be felt to be understood and appreciated. If you want your child to learn ritualized movements created by men who are long dead, then our school is not for you. If you want your child to learn true martial arts, then please feel free to contact us.

Mr. Malmo, welcome to the forum. I edited your comments regarding the other school owner as I have know way of verifying their accuracy at this time. I hope you understand.


Edited by oldman (09/19/07 03:37 PM)

#361583 - 09/19/07 02:56 PM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
fastfist1 Offline

Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 12
Loc: Illinois - USA

I absolutely didn't mean to insult you about the travel. That statement was actually generated as I thought about how I had to sell my wife on the 30 minute ride we endured 3 times a week for 3 years. So I've "walked the walk" with you. Fortunately the current school is only 10 minutes away and I feel like we are living large.

Good Luck!

#361584 - 09/19/07 03:07 PM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: Malmo]
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Welcome to the forums, Mr.Malmo. And for a little history on Mr. Landolt. I did check out your site...but it is incomplete. Will you be finishing the history or lineage sections soon?

#361585 - 09/19/07 03:16 PM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: Malmo]
fastfist1 Offline

Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 12
Loc: Illinois - USA
Mr Malmo-

Wow! You may indeed be all that. However, as a "kata guy" myself (like BrianS), there is much more to kata than just movements some dead guy put together to teach/practice punches and kicks. I've studied BJJ, Aikido, Small Circle Jujitsu & PP Fighting. And there are many (undoubtably tons more than I even see) of applications used in those arts that are contained in kata movement(s).
Dismissing something (Karate, Kung Fu, kata etc.) that has been proven valuable and effective over thousands of years and in many cultures so easily ... makes one (me particularly) question your perspective and knowledge base.


#361586 - 09/19/07 03:17 PM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
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hear that Brian? "TRUE martial arts"

I'll 2nd the recommendation to Judo. my kids do Aikido and love it. They weren't looking for 'true' martial arts per se, they wanted to throw each other around without the multi-color belt and tournament pursuit nonsense.

#361587 - 09/19/07 03:26 PM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: Ed_Morris]
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I have been facing the dame dilema Brian. And I was told by someone, not of this forum to try judo. Because like someone said it is what kids like to do. :-) ANd thanks to your thread I found a judo school, really close.

Oh and "true martial arts" what does that exactly mean?
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