Don’t know where you are in Massachusetts but there are a number of small circle jujitsu schools there - Ed Melaugh in Woburn, Dave Castoldi in Newton, Harry Curtis in Natick, and Steve Jiava in Arlington. I did some for a few years to cross train in karate before hip replacement. Great system, very street effective and it combines a lot of systems including ground game. And nothing is too lethal or dangerous. If your health is up to it I’d recommend this style to anybody.[/quote]
You can also check out Rick Alford’s school “Defensive Edge Martial Arts” in Wakefield MA, which teaches small circle, BJJ, MMA, and Muay Thai. Sensei Alford’s school is also an iCAT affiliated school, which is all about “anything goes” real combat. If finishing fights quickly and self defense are your goals, then iCAT is the way to go IMO.
Or, heck if you’re close enough, you could go to one of the iCAT founding members schools; Walt Lysak Jr.s “Lysak’s Family Martial Arts” in Springfield MA. I know for a fact that
-you won’t be limited in the locks you’re allowed to do (at least when working with higher level guys/gals), heck, you’ll actually probably learn quite a few new tricks that you didn’t know before
-there is at least 1 (possibly more, but not absolutely certain) multiple degree black belt in Judo who goes there to train with Walt
-there are multiple accomplished wrestlers (including a former Olympic bronze medalist, who teaches the wrestling class) who will be glad to help you with your takedowns
-there is a Royce Gracie black belt who goes there to train at times
-there is a BJJ world champ and 4th degree black belt who teaches BJJ there (same guy who teaches at Rick’s school)
-Joe Lewis teaches fairly regular (he’s there at least once a year) seminars there on kickboxing/boxing
and the list goes on. Sorry, didn’t really want to hijack the thread. Just figured that since you were in MA, it would be a great choice if you could make the drive.