This doesn't really deserve a new thread, so I'll put it here.
I need some advice on a gym I went to tonight. I was put off by a number of things but I want to make sure that I am not just being a pansy.
Firstly, it is an MMA gym first and foremost, and I am not sure if they have any specialist grapplers. So I spent half an hour watching a boxing session before talking to the only two guys who showed up for the class. Both were older guys, and I am pretty sure both were bouncers. After waiting 45 minutes it transpired neither of the grappling coaches were coming, because one had to work elsewhere and the other was due in court over a fight he had at the weekend. So the guy I had watched boxing, a pro MMA guy, came over to talk me. He was a really nice guy, and explained that what they did was sort of "freestyle grappling". He said that BJJ was a bit too "fussy", and that what they did was more like streetfighting. The two guys who were there to train also trained at vale tudo sessions.
So it sounds to me like this is not the sort of place I want if I want to become a successful amateur grappler. Am I wrong about that? It didn't have the slick professional feel to it that Gracie Barra Derby does, and though that doesn't stop it being a good gym, it didn't feel right for me.
Any thoughts (not least on what "freestyle grappling" is)?