Just wanted to run a couple of things I was told last night past you guys:
- I am best to buy my gi through the club. Being a Gracie Barra they buy them in direct (from LA apparently?!), at a cost to me of £90. These are apparently superior to cheaper ones I can get in the shops.[/quote]
You can get a decent gi for less than that by shopping around (though the GB ones are nice and that is not a bad price for one.)
Gi’s really do vary in quality and fit, there is no one ‘best’ gi, it will depend a lot on your body type and personal preference. The best bet is to try on a few of your clubmates gi’s and see what is comfy. Always buy big, they will shrink a lot. For my money, Sirius make good reasonbly priced gi’s and their customer service is top notch.
2) I should avoid cross training like the plague at this stage. Its quite a hard club for me to get to, so I was asking if I should do a couple of sessions a week there, then maybe a session or two of judo at a place that is easier to get to, but he said that at the club they personalise the training and that I might do more harm than good training elsewhere. Is this salesmanship or good advice? It sounded like good advice to me, but just thought I’d check.[/quote]
When you start out, sticking with one instructor (or set of instructors) will make things a lot easier for you. Even the most basic things will be explained slightly differently anywhere that you go therefore you should stick to training just at one place for at least the first year or so. As you get better you will bring more and more of yourself into your game and will be able to sift through the advice from a range of people and pick out what works for you.
Use the other training sessions when you can’t get to the GB club to work on GPP conditioning and to practice the solo drills and movements that you learn at the club.
A couple of extra hrs per week of shrimping, break falling, bear crawling, standing up in base, etc will really help you at this stage.
All the best and good luck with your training!