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Old 02-11-2010, 02:09 PM
 
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I'm looking to take a martial arts class that also would be good for self defense (I'm not interested in this as a sport/exercise really, I understand that some are more tailored to that). Any recommendations for a school? Something close to downtown/belltown would be preferable, but not a requirement.
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Old 02-11-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Actually, I haven't seen any Matrial arts schools/dojos in Seattle as of yet (maybe I haven't looked hard enough). They appear to be more abundant in Burien though. If you stick close to 1st Avenue, you should find a few. Not sure if that's too far for you (unless you live closer to the south side).
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:42 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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There is a man who teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other fighting styles in the Eastern arts who I know. PM me and I'll refer you. He has, last I checked, a private lesson set and one where it is open to more people. He rents out time on a dojo on Aurora just north of 85th st. (good place for it! LOL). He also does MMA mixing jiu jitsu, bagua zhang, boxing, and modern combat techniques (forgot if its Silat or Krav Maga).
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:01 PM
 
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I should have added that I'm a beginner, and not too familiar with the various schools.

Also I may not have access to a vehicle, so accessibility by public transportation may also be necessary.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:32 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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You can take a bus (or two) to get to the Three Harmonies dojo / space on 85th and Aurora, you just go a little farther north.

Here's a website for more info (hope this doesn't break the rules, if it does, I apologize): Three Harmonies Martial Arts
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Old 02-12-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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I just found out that Frank Dux lives in Seattle. Ever seen the Jean Claude Van Damme movie Bloodsport?

I believe he trains in Mill Creek.
You can contact him here
The REAL Frank Dux (Frank Dux) | MySpace
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:28 PM
 
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There is a man who teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other fighting styles in the Eastern arts who I know. PM me and I'll refer you. He has, last I checked, a private lesson set and one where it is open to more people. He rents out time on a dojo on Aurora just north of 85th st. (good place for it! LOL). He also does MMA mixing jiu jitsu, bagua zhang, boxing, and modern combat techniques (forgot if its Silat or Krav Maga).
I know absolutely nothing about this region but I know these arts well and I second this recommendation on the arts mentioned above alone. If true combat and self-defense is your goal then THIS sounds like the place to visit. Not sure what your background or knowledge is but THIS is what you're looking for.

Good that you see the HUMONGOUS different between sport karate or sport martial arts and true combat self-defense. A LOT of people don't ...until it's too late and they find out the hard way that what they learn in the dojo does not easily translate to the streets necessarily. Jiu-jitsu and especially Brazilian will prepare you well but I suggest that you also mix it up with some p/k (punch kick) combat training. Getting some boxing training is great to for the stamina, conditioning, leg work and what you'll learn about distancing and the proper way to align your body for striking in a combat situation.

Other arts teach these things to but it never hurts a martial artist to get some boxing under their belt too. Good luck.
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