In a couple of months, I will be moving to Greater Boston area to work/study, and I would love to hear your comments about different training possibilities. I have tried to gather information from the Internet, but it still is pretty hard thing to do, especially when I do not know the area and I am not really familiar with the instructors and their backgrounds.
I will be studying/working at Cambridge, but I do not yet have an apartment (this is also one reason why I am asking your help, this would be a good time to know about different training locations), so I presume that I try to get an apartment near Cambridge, or at least near the metro line. I train simply as a hobby and I am looking to train mainly in BJJ (also no-gi) and maybe some MMA/vale tudo. I like to train actively, meaning averaging at 3-4 times / week.
So, here is my analysis of the possible training locations I have discovered this far (information taken mainly from their own websites). All further opinions are welcome!
BOSTON BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU
One of the biggest clubs around. Affiliated with Gracie Barra. Lot of good instructors (several black belts) and practioners. Really lot of training possibilities (7 times / week for beginners, 11 times / week for advanced + 1 time standup fighting). No pricing information available.
In my opinion, looks like one of the best place to train at, but the down side is that it is located like 10 miles from Cambridge, and their website's directions implicates that you have to have a car to get from Boston. Any idea if this really is so?
BRAZILIAN TOP TEAM BOSTON
Looks like a decent place to train with good instructors. Affiliated obviously with BTT. Training 4 times / week + 1 valetudo/nogi. Monthly prices 85$ for 2 times / week or 100$ unlimited training. Located couple of miles from Cambridge. They have some problems with their website, so not too much information available there.
BRAZILIAN MARTIAL ARTS CENTER
Main instructor (previously?) affiliated with Chute Boxe. Located close to Cambridge at Somerville. Training possibilities BJJ 3 times / week, MMA 5 times / week, plus also muay thai several times / week. No pricing information available.
Also located at Somerville. Mainly a muay thai club, with some focus on BJJ/MMA. Possible to train muay thai daily, plus no gi BJJ 2 times / week, plus 1 time / week with a gi (for 20$ additional price). Monthly prices 3 times / week 85$, 5 times 95$ or unlimited 110$. Not too much information available about the BJJ instructors. Looks like a decent place, but too much focused on muay thai from my stand point I think.
MARCO ALVAN BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU CENTER
Located in Ludlow, couple of miles from Cambridge, relatively near to metro line(?). Nice looking place, with supposedly decent instructor. The schedule is a bit messy, and I am not sure if I understood it correctly, it looks like big part of the BJJ classes are at the morning, but I presume there is the possibility to train at least 5 times / week. Monthly pricing, 2 times / week 75$, 3 times 89$ and unlimited 100$.
..There also are several other training locations in 20 mile radius (like MassBJJ, DragonLairBJJ and so on), but I guess they are a bit too way off.
So, I would really love to hear your comments/ideas, did I miss some clubs, what do you think about the instructors in different places, and what place you would recommend for me?
P.S. As a curiosity, it was interesting to find out that at least four clubs mention that Kenny Florian trains there. I guess he is mainly training at the BBJiujitsu and Sityodtong though.