I am looking at a gym that offers both Muay Thai and BJJ. The cost is about $185 monthly. Given my schedule, I would be able to train in Muay Thai and BJJ 4 times per week and wrestling (which they offer) 1 time per week. This gym has a lot of amateur and pro muay thai fighters with good records.
As for the Judo club, they only offer Judo but the coaches are world class and a former Olympian. I work in law enforcement and mostly all law enforcement individuals recommend Judo over all other arts. The problem with this club, however, is that they charge $500 for 20 classes. If I were to go 3 times per week, I am looking at spending $250 per month for Judo as opposed to the other gym which offers Muay Thai, BJJ and Wrestling for $185 per month.
The only reason I am considering the Judo club is because they are world class. Do you guys think I should supplement the Muay Thai and BJJ with some Judo or stick with learning two arts first? I know Judo is better than BJJ for law enforcement. [/quote]
Used to train LEOs for a while. I’d say doing judo judo is your best bet, least if you want something to help you out on the job. It does the same type of floor work as BJJ though the emphasis is a bit different. If you can get a solid ippon seoi nage, o soto gari and a few other sweeps you should be able to handle 90% of what you’ll need.
Striking systems can be ok but will not show you how to restrain people or pin them so you can cuff them. Also, most juries will see hitting the guy as brutality regardless of the situation while takedowns and throws are considered more humane. Punching out that pimp might get him off, but arm-baring him then face-planting him on concrete is just being professional, doncha know? Judo can help a lot (ask if they know of anyone who does taiho jutsu which is the actual Japanese art the police there use and train in – great stuff!) This is not to say striking is unimportant, and by all means someday pick it up (boxing is probably a better fit for police work I think), just judo will be time well spent now and will start paying off soon then continue to do so.
Hope this helps,